Four Seasons in Trees

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 1 comment

Four Seasons in Trees

Inspired by a similar ketubah, this couple worked with me on developing a ketubah design that features 32 trees, each one slightly different from the one before and after, the foliage, berries, buds and blooms representing a discreet moment in the course of the year.   A few judiciously placed, raised dots of 22 K gold add the sparkle that make the piece come alive. The lettered verses across the top and bottom translate as “I have Found the One in Whom My Soul Delights” and “This is my Beloved and This is My...

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Soft Colors of Jerusalem Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Soft Colors of Jerusalem Ketubah

This couple had few but very specific requests:  a traditional text laid out with squared margins, a painting of the Kotel (Western Wall) in a lunette at the top, water-like abstract papercuts bracketing the text, and a background of the soft colors for which Jerusalem is known.   To emphasize the papercuts, I had my framer meticulously cut a backing mat with reversed bevels to elevate the lettered panel just a bit above the background painting while remaining invisible.  Then to pull the eye into the text itself, in discussion with the couple, we decided to prepare mats for the wedding that were the choice for the final framing.  The two outer mats were one four-ply and one eight-ply mat, the same color, cut to give great depth to the whole piece and keep the focus on the central area.  Very effective! The wonder of watercolor is that working with transparent paint, you can build up multiple layers of subtle color to develop a depth unattainable with opaque paints.   The paper must be stretched on a board to keep it from warping terribly with all the soaking the multiple layers create. Soft Colors of Jerusalem Soft Colors of...

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Queen of the Jews Book Cover

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Queen of the Jews Book Cover

The opportunity to research and develop a book cover and maps for a work of historic fiction by author Judy Petsonk was one at which I leaped!  An evocative work that paints in words images of ancient Judea prior the first Century also deserved cover art that would draw people into another time and place.  This is the story of Queen Salome Alexandra (Shalom Tsion), woven from fragments The History of the Jews by Josephus and bringing life of a woman who ruled a nation and oversaw tremendous development of infrastructure in her time. The mosaic design is based on recently uncovered floors in the area of Lod.  What goes around … ends up on a book! I had the delight of collaborating with graphic designer Tammi Reid who found the perfect typeface and photo image of a blooming almond branch which I was able to incorporate onto the back cover of the book A great...

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A Biselle KlezKamp – Madison

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

A Biselle KlezKamp – Madison

12 hours in Yiddishland!  Make tracks to Madison, Wisconsin, July 22, 2012 for the celebratory birthday party of the Mayrent Institute at the University of Wisconsin.  A full day of programming will include classes taught by Michael Wex, Henry Sapoznik, Miriam Isaacs, Sherry Mayrent, a spectacular faculty of musicians, and others.  I will be teaching on traditional Jewish papercut art, presenting a lecture/recital, and performing with the KlezKamp faculty kapelye in the closing concert and dance party.  Sarah Gordon will be running the KlezKids program throughout the day – and the entire program is FREE!   Click here  for more details. I will also be bringing a biselle Yiddish to Madison’s Congregation Shaarei Shamayim on Friday evening, July 20, at 7:30 with a taste of rare Yiddish songs and their powerful messages of healing the world, so add this to your calendar if Yiddish in the heartland is your...

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Limmud Baltimore

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Limmud Baltimore

Sunday, June 10, 2012 a the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Baltimore, I’ll be leading a session on the legacy of the Triangle Fire at Baltimore’s first Limmud program.  As part of the full day of learning, I’ll be sharing our activist history through Yiddish song, anecdotes, biographies, and archival photos. I expect the learning will take place in all directions, since participants at events like this always bring fresh perspctives and their own family histories of labor activism to the program!  Here’s a link to the event:  ...

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