Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Artists in Phoenix from Jan 31 to Feb 5th

TIPS Artists visit to Phoenix January 31st to February 5th

After arriving on January 31st in the morning and settling in, the Ada and Yehudit met with approximately 25 teens of the BBYO East Valley Chapter.
On Wednesday February 1st, they were at Shalom Montessori in the morning, interacting with 15 children from kindegarten through 8th grades.  In the afternoon, they were at the Easy Valley Day School, teaching 25 children in first through 8th grades.  In the evening, they attended the Federation annual event.

On Thursday, February 2nd, they spent the morning at the Hebrew Academy, working with approximately 70 children in 5th through 8th grades.

In the afternoon they were at Club J, with 35 younger children.

That night, they spent time with Hebrew High teens.  The teens painted and then helped break up the pottery so that the pieces could be use in mosaics.
First teens painted tiles

breaking pieces

Yehudit demonstrating
How to break pieces
Showing broken piece
The women spent Friday, February 3rd at the Pardes day school, working in coordination with Orit Feinberg, a local mosaic artists.  They worked with 4th through 8th graders, a total of about 140 children.
After a restful Shabbat, on Sunday morning, they taught 30+ children at the Or Chadash Religious School before driving to Tucson to meet their other 2 partners.

Throughout their stay, they worked with the different groups on a community mosaic project, a "Tree of Life."

To see an article in the local Jewish newspaper about the artists, please go to:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Artists Wow Seattle!

The four Israeli artists have had busy schedule in Seattle.  Three arrived on Friday, Feb. 10th at 10 a.m.  By 11:30 they were at Seattle Hebrew Academy for lunch and to work with the 6th through 8th graders.

 Vered and Ada overseeing work:
 Vered advising.

 Three-dimentional Magen David:

 Stars within a bigger star--work in progress.

 Rivy Kletenik, Principal of SHA, and Korin Gorin, artist scheduler from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle:
The SHA students had a wonderful time working with art and gave the 3 women thank-you gifts from their school.

 They 8th graders will be traveling to Israel in the spring with a stopover in our region.  They had Shabbat dinners with their two host families and friends.  Vered is staying with a dear friend Ron whom she has known since her childhood. 

Saturday afternoon, three of the women met with almost 70 teens at a NFTY leadership conference in Tacoma. One group made a large mandala picture together.

 Others under Sara's guidance made hamsas.

That night, over 30 adults throughout Seattle came to Congregation Beth  Shalom and learned to draw Mandala style.   One participant said that she had not had so much fun in synagogue in years! Vered modeling:

Sunday morning, after picking up Yehudit from the airport, Dina and Renee drove the women to Tacoma for a day visiting the Tacoma Glass Museum.   The interim director gave the group a private tour, and they had a fabulous time. Below are Sara and Ada by an outside glass sculpture.
 A glass artist at work.

AT 5:30 they met with an older group of the local Israeli Scouts in Bellevue.

From 7:30 to 9:30, the four women met with almost 30 local Jewish artists at Lorna and Dave Isenberg's home.  Here are the notes that came from their branstorming of ways to stay connected:
Cultural exchange:
  o Take ideas from the NW to Israel
  o How does the Israeli artist experience influence Seattle Jews?

  Artists in search of a curator
 oTheme needed – ie. subject matter, medium
  o Who can be a curator?
  o Work on a theme

Have exhibitions in each city and online

Sending a piece of work between the two communities (Seattle and Hof Ashkelon)
   o Collaborate on pieces through this means
   o Complete a piece of work together and have it move between the cities

  Set up virtual communities – ie. Facebook, Skype, ect.

  Look at the links between Seattle and Israel

  Have “logical” collaborations
    oArtists who use the same/similar mediums working together

Monday was a very full day, with the women beginning at 8 a.m., teaching 6th and 8th graders from the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. 

Afterwards, they drive to see the spectacular Snoqualmie Falls, then toured downtown Seattle and saw such places as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park.

At 5 p.m. , they had dinner with the Federation's Israel and Overseas Committee.  Then from 6 to 9 p.m. they held a work shop on teaching art to local Jewish educators. The evening began with an art project where the teachers were taught about the Magen David in history and symbolism and then expressed their creativity with it by drawing pictures.  The artists and teachers then discussed how to bring art into their classrooms and keep the children engaged.

Tuesday, February 14th, they started the day at 9 at the Northwest Yeshiva High School.  AT noon, they had a "lunch and Learn" session with Jewish Federation staff following boy a similar program at 1 with Jewish Family Service staff. The Federation Staff heard about the artists' work and their lives in Hof Ashkelon.  They staff members participated in making hamsa key chains and getting to know the artists on a personal level. 
From 2:30 until 5 p.m., the 4 women had a private tour of the Seattle Art Museum Gauguin exhibit which ws an incredible treat for them.  Because they were on a private tour, they were able to ask many questions.  They spent about two hours, walking through the exhibit and discussing the details of Gauguin's life.
In the evening two artists met with 20 students at Hillel, ages 21 and up, from JConnect while the other two met with teens at from Temple B'nai Torah and Temple De Hirsch Sinai to create art for Shabbat through the senses.

Of course, the next morning, they headed to the airport early for their flight back home!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Four Israeli Artists in Tucson

“This amazing ‘Partnership 2gether’ project, sponsored by the Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Federations of North America and our local TIPS (Tucson, Israel, Phoenix, Seattle) committee, helps bring people from Israel and Tucson together,” says Guy Gelbart, director of the Weintraub Israel Center. “It fosters our sense of peoplehood and mutual responsibility by creating real friendships and deeper cultural connections.  

During their visit to Tucson, these 4 Israeli artists brought a fresh perspective of Jewish culture with an Israeli flavor to the local community through various events.  At each one, they shared with the participants stories of their lives, their art, and Israel.

The concept of this program was a vision of Diane Weintraub, who wished very much to have a program with real personal connections between Tucson and our partnership communities in Israel.

The artists worked with groups from various organizations, including Tucson Hebrew Academy, Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, and Howenstine Magnet High School. They also were the special guests at the Israel Center’s “Tu B’Shevat Arty Party” on Thursday, Feb. 9,  at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, where they taught crafts to children.

Here are some photos that Ken Brandis took of the artists at Hanmaker Retirement Home in Tucson. The residents loved the activity and the turnout was one of the best ever for a daytime activity. Some had not painted or participated in such a creative venture for many years. The Handmaker staff loved the activity and the enthusiasm of the residents.  Some of the residents' children also participated. 
Here is more information on the place:

Rabbi Safran meets Vered at Handmaker:

Two pieces of paper mache art made by Vered and held by Gail.

Here are some photos of Saraleh and Vered at Temple Emanuel's Tu BShvat Seder Feb. 3, 2012

The Artists spent a week in the Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA), doing a variety of projects in the different grade levels and also had a school-wide Tu B'Shevat celebration.  They worked in collaboration with Mr. Learner, the school's art teacher.   Many of the students at the Tucson Hebrew Academy  colored pots and planted parsley seeds during the Tu B'Shvat event at the school.

Children made items of clay and then painted them

With the second graders, the artists brought tree forms and had them decorate them.  Some even colored the "frames" of the original forms.  The artists also told the children about Darom Adom, the "happening" in the south central of Israel in the month of February when the red kalaniot (anemones) are in bloom.  Hof Ashkelon too participated in the festivities this year and had lots of visitors to the region to participate in the various projects, many of which had an art theme. Thanks to Ada for many of the photos that follow.

The 3rd graders decorated Hamsot.  The forms too were brought from Israel.

Some of the lower classes also made picture frames and decorated them with colors, glitter, buttons, stones, and shells that Ada brought from the beach near her home in Israel, etc. and put Israeli postcards in the center of the frames.

The 4th and 5th grades made mosaics.

The 6th graders learned about and made mandalas.

The 7th and 8th graders worked with Vered to do paper mache forms for a float that they were making for a Tu B'Shvat parade.  The theme of their float was "Israel, the Land of Milk and Honey."  They had a honey bear from "Bee" honey ads, the state of Israel, and T. Herzl as parts of the float.

The artists also did a program with k and 1st graders.
All together each grade at THA from k to 8 had 6 full hours of art activities with the Israeli artists.

At Hebrew high, the teens made paintings based on the idea of the Star of David.  A similar program was held at the local Hillel at the University of Arizona.  Below artists and teachers at Hebrew High:

                                         Vered demonstrating
                                Intricate drawing based on a Magen David

 At the JCC, a great Arty Party was held on Tu B'Shvat. Some of the highlights with the women included a table top to decorate in a mosaic and a group mandala.

  Eating on the Go
Yehudit lead a program with “young Jewish Tucson,” a group of Jewish young adults in which they prepared Shabbat candle holders  from mosaics.
The artists were also hosted to Super bowl parties.
         The four artists had a private tour of the San Xavier Mission with a member of the restoration team who newly discovered she is Jewish- Edna (Feldman) San Miguel and our local TIPS committee members.

 tThe artists also:
·         Discussed Israeli arts at Medabrim Sifrut (Hebrew book club) with Hebrew speaking local members of our community.
·         Conducted an open dialogue with students from Hebrew high about the history of and their relationship with the Magen David/ Star of David
·         Presented the Lion of Judah Women's Philanthropy the intricacies of their crafts.  The two pictures below were taken at the Lion of Judah event.

·         Met Local Jewish artist Michael Schwartz from the Tucson Arts Brigade who invited the artists to work with kids at Howenstine High Magnet School and the Boys and Girls Club
·         Were treated to a visit to local Jewish Ceramic artist Andy Iventosch’s studio for a get-together with other Tucson Jewish artists.  Below Judith and Andy Iventosch and then gathering at Andy's.

·         Were hosted by Metal sculptor Lynn Rae Lowe who held a beautiful going-away party for the 4.