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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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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Tzedakah Society Papercut

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

Tzedakah Society Papercut

When the Susquehanna Tzedakah Society was founded, I was commissioned to create a limited number of papercuts to honor the small (and growing) but critical number of donors to the foundation that supports the planned giving work of the community.  Incorporated into the design are references to the story of Honi the Circlemaker who planted a seedling that produced carob fruit for the next generation, a passage from Amos in Hebrew and English, the Torah, and the waters of the river next to which the foundation is situated.  The original papercut that I made was sent off to be laser cut in California, and the design team told me that the lines I cut by hand were finer than what they could manage by machine on the paper I chose!  I felt like John Henry!...

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Somewhere Far Away

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts, Public Art, Visual Art | 0 comments

Somewhere Far Away

A commissioned work five feet long and two feet in height hangs in the Penn State Library to honor child Holocaust survivor and philanthropist Linda Schwab.  The honoree chose a poem by H. Leivik which was written about the freedom he sought as a political prisoner in Siberia:  “Somewhere far away… buried treasure lies below the untrod snow…”  Designed to fit into a reading room on Holocaust studies, the Yiddish text is written in gouache mixed to have a coppery glow, with interlinear English translation in black. Cut white paper in various textures creates a sky with snowscape below.               At 60 inches, I worked with heavy watercolor paper purchased by the roll, and taped the entire piece to a massive table to complete the...

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Logo – The Shalom Center

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Logo – The Shalom Center

Many years ago I designed the logo for The Shalom Center.  At the time it was a simple image printed in one color ink on the organization’s publications.  It has since become a rainbow design which takes the simple lettering to a whole new level!...

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