A Bisele KlezKamp, Madison

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

A Bisele KlezKamp, Madison

Prepare to be dazzled, again, Madison, Wisconsin, when Jewish culture stars return to lead a summer KlezKamp experience!  You want a dance experience led by Jill Gellerman and supported by the best live music?  A rollicking glimpse of Yiddish through the eyes of Michael Wex and Miriam Isaacs?  Henry Sapoznik’s inimitable insights into recorded Yiddish culture?  You want to sing?  To take musical instruction with Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, and others???  AH! Then head to the U of Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 27, 2014!  Check out the details HERE.  I’m in!  Come join...

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All the Difference Custom Painting

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

All the Difference Custom Painting

I was commissioned to create a simple piece of art to present to a speaker who had traveled from Israel to address a large audience.  Assuming suitcase space for the flight home would be at a premium, this piece is quite small, about 10″...

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Gift for a Cantor

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Gift for a Cantor

A synagogue approached me to craft a gift for a beloved cantor who was preparing to move away.  In consulation with the rabbi, a passage from the teachings of Rebbe Nachman bubbled up as the perfect text, for it had been the focus of study within the congregation and honors the work of prayerful singing.  The design is most simply a collection of endangered Israeli wildflowers, a nod to the recipient’s love of nature.  I delight in creating work that brings people together and captures...

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Physician’s Prayer – personalized

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Physician’s Prayer – personalized

For his 50th birthday, parents chose to commission a hand-lettered and illuminated physician’s prayer to hang in their son’s office. We all sat down together, and the wish list developed around the core text (sometimes referred to as the Prayer of Maimonides), a Hebrew poem by Yehuda ha Levi that synthesizes the same intentions, and a shopping list of personal imagery.  This was the first time that I studied the varied markings and colorings of the boa constrictor!  As a young person, the recipient had raised a pet boa, and it was his choice to have that family pet wrap around the staff of Asclepius! In the night sky (painted in 4 layers of watercolor wash) hangs the constellation of Orion, and winding around the piece on the left side is the passage from the Torah about the pole that Moses is instructed to fabricate in order to stop a plague among the recalcitrant Israelites.  This image, later interpreted in Greek myth as the Rod of Ascelpius, and then accidentally conflated with the Caduseus of Mercury, stands as a symbol of healing today. Additional personal inserts include the names of family members in micrographic lettering, a raised gold star of David, and flecks of mica in the night sky, barely visible, but sometimes catching the light to glitter. The piece was framed in 8-ply mat and frame molding that honors the respectful and solemn intentions of the words....

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Interfaith Prayer Service

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Interfaith Prayer Service

Harrisburg, PA’s 5th annual Interfaith Program for Peace and Justice will take place on Monday, May 5 at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church across from the state capitol.  As in years past, the presenters will represent the widest swath of faith communities in the area, and I plan to add the voice of Yiddish to the other sounds of the evening.  I have chosen Avrom Reisen’s Dos Naye Lid for its universal embrace of hope and joy.  It’s an honor to find a little spot for Yiddish and its messages among the Buddhists, bell ringers, sacred dancers, and...

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Mi ha-ish Award

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Mi ha-ish Award

A synagogue honoring a couple devoted to the community chose two excerpts from Tehilim (Psalms) which best capture their spirits.  Simple and colorful, this is a heartfelt gift, small enough (12″ X 12″) to find an honored spot in a home already full of life’s collection of meaningful artwork and mementos.

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