The Tribeca Synagogue for the Arts presents 2 exhibitions by Heather G. Stoltz and Yona Verwer.
Synagogue For The Arts Gallery
49 White Street, New York, NY 10013.
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 17, 6-7PM.
Exhibit on view till December 15 by appointment: 212-966-7141
7-8 PM Artists Presentation, hosted by the Jewish Art Salon.
Presenters: Marisa Scheinfeld and Linda Soberman.
Jewish Week article by Caroline Lagnado here.
Directions: Subway - Canal St. stops for N,R,W, Q, J, M, Z, 1, A,C,E, 6.
3 Blocks below Canal Street, between Church St & Broadway. See map here.
Both artists work with Jewish themes: Biblical Women, Divine Text Messages and Jewish Zodiac paintings. The artists also address New York's vulnerable as a common theme: Verwer counters the vulnerability of various New York sites, while Stoltz looks at the homeless population.
Stoltz's social justice art encourages the viewer to consider the story of one homeless individual at a time. Her quilts transform the stories of New Yorkers in Faith-Based Shelters. This project started in 2008 when she became a Community Service Coordinator for the Stephen Wise Synagogue. Spending time at their shelter, and later at those of Bnai Jeshurun and the Church of the Holy Trinity, she interviewed many shelter guests. Her work "Steven" is based on a 42 year old man who just finished a 12 step program for drug addiction.
Her Mazalot images are inspired by Lower East Side Jewish zodiac murals. The original 20th century folk murals in the Bialystoker Synagogue and the Stanton Street Shul are rare: only 1 other working synagogue features zodiac murals. Verwer, along with other artists, was commissioned by the Stanton Street community to paint a contemporary interpretation of their murals; she chose the Elul mural as inspiration. The exhibit also features 2 paintings based on the Bialystoker Sivan and Elul panels, as well as Stanton Street's Adar and Elul.
Another aspect of both artists' work is informed by traditional Jewish texts and liturgy.
|Stoltz - From the Depths|
|Verwer - Times Square Taxi: God's Medallion|
Verwer's paintings Urim & Tumim - Divine Text Messages refer to gemstones engraved with the names of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and consulted by the Jewish high priest in moments of crisis, when the inscribed letters would be illuminated and rearranged to reveal divine guidance.
Viewing Hours: October 17 - December 15, 2013 by appointment: 212-966-7141.
|Verwer - Stanton St Amulet|
|Stoltz - Joe|