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!

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