The Jewish Art Salon at Art Kibbutz's Pre- Chanukah Parlor Party.
Several JAS members participated in the pre-Chanukah party in Riverdale at Columbia University professor Jonathan Schorsch and his wife Gail's home on December 4th. We launched the pre-Chanukah art sale, listened to experimental jazz poetry performance of Talmudic jazz poet Jake Marmer, tasted wine from Sky View Wine and tons of Mexican donated by Carlos and Gabby's. A fun silent auction was led by Marc Epstein, art history and religion professor at Vassar College - several pieces sold on the spot.
Guests included local artist and JAS member(s) Mierle Ukeles with friend Helene Aylon, who spoke about her wonderful experiences at Yaddo and McDowell colonies and her collaboration with Meredith Monk that grew out of the time they spent together at a residency. Helene Aylon urged participants to fully support Art Kibbutz in its efforts of creating a similarly outstanding and nurturing community for Jewish artists.
JAS artists showing their work were: Siona Benjamin, Elke Reva Sudin, Yona Verwer and David Wander. JAS Board member Miriam S. Weiler attended as well.
Art Kibbutz has invited the Jewish Art Salon to participate in a creative arts program as well as a panel on Radical Jewish Art and Community at Limmud NY, January 15, 2012. More info soon!
Art Kibbutz is getting up to full speed starting in 2012. They are planning to work with a selected group of outstanding international artists living in NYC, including Andras Borocz (visual and performance artist from Hungary), Jake Marmer (Russian-American Talmudic jazz poet), Arnon Gruenberg (Dutch writer) as well as artists from the Jewish Art Salon, led by Yona Verwer.