Elul - Shma Koleinu, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Words of Wisdom

Ben Shahn – Intimacy

9-12 Shahn

Ben Shahn, born September 12, 1898.

His visual art and writing offered an incisive social critique and a thoughtful relationship between image and text.

How do we listen to our art? How does it reflect our most intimate voice?

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Adar - la'yhudim hayta orah v'simcha, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Visual Arts

There Was Light – Harriet Goren

Artist Harriet Goren created this work (giclée print made from digital painting) to honor the memory of her friend Remie.

In the artist’s words:

“In addition to being a strong, determined, endlessly creative and loving wife, mother, and friend with a wonderful sense of humor, she was also a renowned scholar of the medieval Arabic world who focused on how people lived their daily lives. This text, and Esther, reminded me of her spirit and soul. The design is inspired by Arabic calligraphy, and the colors evoke the sand and water that she loved.”

Books and Blintzes is proud to share this image, inspired by the words of this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge. Please respect the creative and legal rights of the artist and do not copy, share, or distribute this work without her permission.

More information about the artist and her work can be found at https://www.gorenjudaica.com/.

 

Adar - la'yhudim hayta orah v'simcha, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Dancing for Joy – Ellen Miller Braun

Artist Ellen Miller Braun’s beautiful micrography, will have anyone ready to celebrate! This piece “Dancing for Joy” features the verse from the Book of Esther that is this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge. Let yourself be swept up in the silliness and pure joy of this holiday.

Chag Purim Sameach!

A Happy Purim to All!

To find out more about Ellen Miller Braun’s art, please visit www.ellenmillerbraun.com.

Thank you to the artist for your permission to share this image on booksandblintzes.com. Please respect her creative and legal rights and do not copy, share, or distribute it without the artist’s permission.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Painting & Drawing, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא

Etz Chaim – Shoshanna Bauer

Shoshanna Bauer Etz Chaim“Etz Chaim”

Watercolor by Shoshanna Bauer

In the artists words: “Etz Chayim is based on Proverbs 3:17-18 English translation of the lyrics: A tree of life to those who hold fast to it,and all who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace. Help us and guide us, inspire us and provide us. With the wisdom Your Torah can show. Cause us to learn, renew and return, Just as in days of old.”

To learn more about Shoshanna Bauer and her art, please visit her website at http://www.imagekind.com/MemberProfile.aspx?MID=d518176f-597b-45af-9507-c00f9157a605

 

BooksAndBlintzes thanks Shoshanna Bauer for sharing her art with us. Please respect her creative and legal rights and do not copy or distribute this image without her consent.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא

“It Is A Tree of Life”

Tree of LifeAs we welcome the new Hebrew month of Shevat, we enter a new season of growth and creativity in our communities. The holiday of Tu B’Shevat (the 15th day of this month) celebrates the new agricultural year in Israel. Its origins are in finding a way to mark “the birthday of the trees”, allowing farmers to calculate the age of crops and fulfilling the Biblical commandments related to agricultural tithing and sacrifices.

Tu B’Shevat’s focus on the land opens up infinite opportunities for artists to connect with the ecological and natural worlds through a Jewish lens. One of the most well-known images in Jewish text and art is the “Tree of Life”. The idea of the etz chayim as an accessible source of strength and pathway to holiness is the central theme of this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge.

Throughout this new month of Shevat, Books and Blintzes will be showcasing art that draws on the verse “עץ חיים היא למחזיקים בה” – “It is a tree of life for all who hold fast to it”. We hope that these works will inspire you to make new connections and find deeper meaning in your own art and spiritual journeys.

To submit your work to be included in the Shevat Jewish Text Art Gallery, please complete the contact form at https://booksandblintzes.com/home/jtac/

Kislev "Nes Gadol Haya Sham"

Great Miracles in Kislev

A Great MiracleDepending on who you ask, people say that we can find miracles everywhere, nowhere, or somewhere in between. What qualifies as “miraculous”, and even a “great miracle” is the idea that we are going to explore with this month’s Jewish text art challenge. נס גדול היה שם “A Great Miracle Happened There” is one of the most familiar lines in the Jewish tradition, and we’re sure it will inspire us to greater heights of creativity in this new Hebrew month of Kislev.

As a quick note, if you are more familiar or comfortable, or just want to experiment with the Israeli נס גדול היה פה version of the text please share that work with us as well!

Sculpture, Tishrei/Cheshvan - "Bein Ha'Or U'vein HaChoshech"

Creating Community With Light and Darkness

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Creation Mosaic, created by Wiebke, Stuart, Ana, Ephraim, Yonah Light, 2013

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Tzedakah Box, Wiebke Light, 2017

When I first found Wiebke Light’s work, I immediately fell in love with the colors of the Creation mosaic. Their vibrancy stirred up strong feelings of hope and unlimited possibilities. Reading about how her family had worked on the piece together, I was impressed by the commitment to the project and creative energy they had all brought to this work. Surely we create our brightest futures when we work together!

Her tzedakah boxes were similarly striking for the contrast of the black on white. In showcasing these images, the contrast allows us to see the details in both. Dark and light are necessary for the full creation, and makes the impact of the work that much stronger. They demand attention, calling for recognition and action. The starkness brings us out of our selves and makes us aware of our obligations to the community.

Light says the connection to community is important to both the Creation Mosaic and the tzedakah boxes. She writes that “both creations of art enhance our personal engagement with society – one by collecting charity for the poor and needy, the other by strengthening our ties with our own family”. We need our homes and families to give us space and partners to create. We need to have beautiful ritual objects inside our home to connect us to the world outside our homes. It is ultimately a question of connection. We see in these two different uses of color, the incredible power of the creative arts to foster our relationships with the people we love, and to remind us that we have the responsibility to work together to create a better future for us all.

BooksandBlintzes is grateful to Wiebke Light for sharing these images of her work. Please respect her legal and creative rights and do not distribute, copy, or share them without her permission. For more information about Light’s work, please see –

Dragon Bowl Ceramics https://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonBowlCeramics

https://bisamim.wordpress.com/

and  https://www.facebook.com/dragonbowlceramics/

About the Artist – Wiebke Light

(In her words)
Wiebke is trained as an art historian with a special focus on Medieval art and
Jewish Material Culture. She has come to creating Jewish objects after
graduation from JTS in New York with a Masters degree in Jewish Art and
Material Culture. She remains greatly inspired by the work of historical
Jewish artists and aspires to create Jewish objects that beautify our daily life
and Jewish ritual.
Since 2001, Wiebke has been working as an artist in different media. She
began her artistic exploration with linoleum printing, followed by sewing
and now ceramics. She took her first ceramic class in Seattle in 2011 with
the intention of teaching handbuilding techniques to Jewish Day school
students in the Pacific Northwest. After her move to Irvine three years ago,
she devoted more of her time to delving deeper into the medium. Since
2013, Wiebke has continuously taken ceramics classes at the Irvine Fine
Arts Center and the Orange Coast Community College. She strives to blend
her knowledge and deep commitment to her Jewish identity with the newly
learned artistic skills to create Judaica that is both unique, whimsical and useful.