Mosaic-style Award – 2

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Mosaic-style Award – 2

A limited color palette, intricate Celtic knotwork with each strand split into three and colored in a mosaic style is all that’s needed to create a personalized award for the...

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Mosaic-style Award 1

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Mosaic-style Award 1

Delicate knotwork painted in a mosaic style forms columnar embellishment for this very simple...

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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 | 0 comments

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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