Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut – Residency

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in News, Susan at work, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut – Residency

I’ll be welcomed to Fairfield, Connecticut’s Congregation Beth El from April 24 – 26, 2015 for an arts residency designed to engage all ages and interests within the community!  There will be lots of singing, of course!  The weekend will include a lecture, several song presentations and a congregational sing-along, work with the Hebrew School, a talk after morning minyan on Sunday, and a full concert with the fabulous Lauren Brody on accordion, piano, and vocals.  (I’m especially looking forward to some traditional singing around the dinner tables as we welcome shabbes in style!)  I plan to set up a full art exhibit of over 30 framed pieces to hang for the entire residency, and following Saturday night’s concert, there will be a reception and meet-and-greet around the...

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Blue Water Ketubah

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Blue Water Ketubah

The request was clear and challenging!  This couple had met at university where they were both swimmers.  Specific college blue and a text laid out to indicate the movement of water.  This simple and elegant design took shape in the center of the paper, written in Shiela Water’s updated version of Carolingian lettering, with an opening Hebrew paragraph matching the English by the tilt of the lettering.  The border design is built up of multiple ribbons of watercolor paper of varying textures and weights.  Dots of 23K gold leaf complete the design, catching...

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3rd Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in News, Susan at work, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

3rd Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert

The Judson Church off Washington Square was packed with 400 people on December 30, 2014, to honor the memory and brilliance of Adrienne Cooper, and to award Michael Wex with this year’s Dreaming in Yiddish prize.  Above is an image of the finale of the musical performance of the Kanonen song from Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera, translated from the German into Yiddish by Wex himself.  An all-star band backed us as we belted out the Army Song and others, accompanied by the brilliant puppetry and staging of Great Small Works and Power Point translations which made the text a little less inscrutable!  What a night!  Singers above include Sarah Gordon, Eleanor Reissa, Tine Kindermann, Dan Kahn, myself, and...

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Donor Recognition and Tribute Book

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, Donor Recognition Art, News, Public Art, Visual Art | 1 comment

Donor Recognition and Tribute Book

L’dor va’Dor is the appropriate title of this book to honor donors and the names that appeared on plaques in a previous synagogue building which was destroyed by fire.  The wooden book was fabricated in Maine by Welch USA, and I quilted and painted the fabric insert.  The exterior brass binding seen below was crafted to match a border design that I developed for the main donor recognition wall. Shown here prior to being stretched and mounted into the wooden frame, this quilted silk was put together in a palette that matches the new building in which it is placed.  The words ‘L’dor vador’ (Generation to generation) are painted in gold with copper accents, and embellished with small clusters of Czech beads at the ‘waistlines’ of the letters....

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Feature/ Major Donor Recognition Wall

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Donor Recognition Art, Jewish Ritual Art, News, Papercuts, Public Art, Visual Art | 0 comments

Feature/ Major Donor Recognition Wall

In 2013 I was charged with designing a 17′ X 8′ curved donor recognition wall for the recently completed Chisuk Emuna Congregation in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The finished design tells the story of the congregation’s 19th Century roots in Kovno, the various buildings that housed the congregation, and the values of the synagogue. The entire donor recognition system throughout the building is anchored here as the major donors who helped create the reality of a new home are honored between the art panels. Each designed panel measures two feet across and eight feet high and is fabricated from a variegated Formica and Youghiogheny art glass. The calligraphed words of the soaring central panel are incised into Corian.  The designs of the four decorative panels are based on traditional Jewish papercut art in that the imagery is all interconnected.  Welch USA, a signage company in Maine, brilliantly lasercut my full size designs and installed the completed wall, which is a single aspect of the donor recognition system. Photo above by Daniel Shanken. Please note:  This artwork is copyright protected and may not be reproduced without permission.  Thank...

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Susan in Solo Concert at Penn State

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in News, Susan at work, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

Susan in Solo Concert at Penn State

Performing is a joy.  Simply that.  Here I am in a hall full of people at Penn State University Library in the middle of a vibrant give-and-take lecture/recital.  I would love to slip into your community at any time and bring the wonders of Yiddish Alive with me!

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