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/.

 

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא, Visual Arts

Eitz Chaim Shadow Box

A Shadow Box “Eitz Chaim” created by artist Paula Shuchat Miller using beads, fabric, paper wood, and stone (2007). The text of the Eitz Chaim – the tree of life – is printed on the scroll and is connected to the roots at the base of the piece. Here the words act as a foundation to support the growth of the tree and is an integral part of the natural ecosystem showcased in the box.

Eitz Chaim Mixed Media

BooksandBlintzes thanks the artist for allowing us to share this image of her work. To protect her legal and creative rights, please do not copy or distribute this image without the express consent of the artist.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Kislev "Nes Gadol Haya Sham"

Miracles Demand Perspective

AGREATMIRACLEHAPPENED

I threw this together yesterday using Notegraphy, just playing around with visual representations of this month’s text. All the angles in this image reminded me that how we see the world – and if we can find the miracles, depends on our perspective. We may need to explore multiple angles to see all the ways in which the light refracts our experiences.

Av - Nachamu

Nachamu – The Power of The Words

Israeli-artist Michael Sgan-Cohen created this acrylic and oil pen work in 1978. The street sign and emphasis on the words highlight the prophetic nature of the verse. It is a direction and call to action underlining the power of words to bring comfort.

By Michael Sgan-Cohen (מיכאל סגן-כהן) (Ktavim) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, July/Tammuz "Ma Tovu Ohalecha Ya'acov" How Goodly Are Your Tents O Jacob

D’rash Design – Inspired Commentary

Artist Christina Mattison Ebert began the “D’rash Design Project” in 2012, creating pieces that expressed her interpretation of Jewish texts. Drawing on the weekly Torah portion, haftara (selection from the Prophets) and holidays, she ultimately crafted over 60 works of art. This is one of her images for the portion Balak.

From the artist:

“How fair are your tents, oh Jacob, your dwelling places, oh people Israel!” is one of my favorite verses in the Torah. Spoken by a non-Jewish prophet (Bilam) upon seeing the Israelite encampments in the wilderness, this line is unique because Bilam had originally come to curse the Israelites so that the Moabites could defeat them in war. Bilam recites a full poem in praise of the Israelite encampment, which you can read in Numbers 24:5-9.

Thank you to Christina Mattison Ebert for her permission to share this image and description. You can learn more about her work as an artist and illustrator at http://www.cmattison.com/. More about the D’rash Design project including other images, is available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/drashdesigns.