Sat May 5, 2018 12:45pm
Artist Wendy Rabinowitz will give a talk at her exhibit at BEKI
Sponsored by: Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel (BEKI)
Fiber artist Wendy Rabinowitz will usher in spring at BEKI with her exhibit Let There Be Light and There Was Light, Yahi ohr v’yahi ohr, a series of dynamic weavings inspired by Jewish prayer, story, and tradition. Rabinowitz describes her artwork as “weaving/mixed media assemblages that are deeply rooted in the power of Judaism, nature, and the sacred responses of the spirit.”
Rabinowitz, whose descendants include both Sephardic Rabbis and women who were members of a large weaving community in Bielsk, Poland, was educated as an artist at the Art Institute of Chicago and in Jewish thought by several rabbis as well as at the Kabbalah Centre in Boston. Originally from Chicago, she currently lives in Western Massachusetts, where she works out of her Living Threads Judaica studio.
“As I seek to bring these images forth,” she explains, “my kavannah [intention] is that these artworks will be a visual pathway of connection and spiritual renewal.” Her seminal work, “Women at the Wall: A Call for Peace,” will be included in the BEKI exhibit, which opens April 8 and closes June 9. It was featured in the United Nations exhibit “Miracles of Peace” in 2003 and 2007. Rabinowitz explains that the work “is a symbolic container for all our cries, lamentations, pleas, exhalations, prayers and gratitude. We come to The Wall to find the place that holds our common humanity, that transcends and encompasses time and space, that connects us to our sacredness and tradition.”
Rabinowitz, who leads workshops on the power of Judaic art, rituals and the creative process, will talk about the exhibit at BEKI on Saturday, May 5, at 12:45 p.m., following the weekly Shabbat Kiddush luncheon. Sabbath rules will be observed. BEKI is located at 85 Harrison St. at Whalley Ave. in New Haven.
- Admission: Free
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