Out of the Narrows: The Artists’ Haggadah Featured at the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York

 The Jewish Artist Collective Chicago (JACC) proudly presents “Out of the Narrows: The Artists’ Haggadah,” a unique and thought-provoking rendition of the traditional Passover Haggadah. This extraordinary Haggadah, featuring art by 11 talented artists, is currently showcased at the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York as part of the exhibit “The Haggadah: Old and New,” running in the Backman Gallery.

“Out of the Narrows” draws its inspiration from the Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, meaning “the narrow place,” a term that resonates deeply with the challenges of our times. Motivated by the artists’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Haggadah delves into themes of immigration, antisemitism, Diaspora, the environment, and other contemporary issues. It poses profound questions, such as “How does art make sense of the Passover story?” and “How can art reflect on the plagues of disease, death, and injustice that still exist?”

With over 3,000 Haggadot in existence, “Out of the Narrows: The Artists’ Haggadah” stands out for its engaging and original artwork that sparks lively conversations. Available on B & N Press and Blurb, this 144-page, full-color Haggadah features the entire traditional text alongside insightful art commentary by the JACC artists.

The idea for this exceptional Haggadah emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the need for socially distanced Passover celebrations inspired Carol Neiger, Berit Engen, and Susan Dickman to create a text rich in meaning and beauty. The artists sought to engage readers visually and thematically, aiming to evoke profound discussions at Seders.

“Out of the Narrows” is a collaborative effort of Jewish Artists Collective Chicago (JAC-C), a community of multidisciplinary artists committed to sharing ideas and creating dialogue. The Haggadah was conceptualized and designed by Carol Neiger (project director, designer, Berit Engen (content curator, editor), and Susan Dickman (editor, writer). Visit the JACC website to purchase “Out of the Narrows: The Artists’ Haggadah”

Exhibit Details:

Location: Dr. Bernard Heller Museum, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, One West Fourth Street, New York
Admission: Free
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 9 am – 6:30 pm
Tours/Information: 212-824-2218; hellermuseum@huc.edu

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Hong Kong – Hong Kong designers and artists showcase their creations in Paris, France (with photos)

Hong Kong designers and artists showcase their creations in Paris, France (with photos)


     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels supported the setting up of a pop-up store in Paris, France, to promote Hong Kong design.
     Speaking at the cocktail reception at the pop-up store on March 14 (Paris time) in Paris, the Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Ms Shirley Yung remarked that “Hong Kong is committed to supporting creative industries including arts and design. Nurturing talents and bringing them to the global market is an important part of our efforts in developing Hong Kong as an international cultural hub”.
     The “Hong Kong Pop-up Design à Paris” is initiated by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, presenting the works of 11 new Hong Kong designers, ranging from clothing to jewellery and other accessories.
     In addition, the store also presented a diversified cultural scene of Hong Kong, with a series of miniature drawings by Lam Yan-kiu, as well as the exhibition of “Wanderers’ Land – Cityscapes in Hong Kong” by Pen So, curated by the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
     The pop-up store is located in the design area of Paris at 9, rue du Marché Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris and will be open to the public until March 25.

Motown Artists “Rare Earth” Return to Metro Detroit for One Night Only

 World-renowned Motown recording artists Rare Earth will be performing back home in Michigan, at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 17. Continuing their tour, which started in July, 2023 – the first Rare Earth shows since the pandemic—the band will be performing their popular songs, “I Just Want to Celebrate,” “Get Ready,” and “Losing you,” plus other hits.

“As Rare Earth gets on the road again, I’m pleased and honored to be here with my bandmates again,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Wayne Baraks, who has rocked stages with Rare Earth going back nearly 40 years. Baraks and alumni members will be joined by some old friends from the Detroit music scene and new front man/saxophonist/flutist Rollo Michael Rollin, carrying forward the work of the legendary Gil Bridges, who tragically died of COVID in late 2021.

“It’s humbling and quite an honor to carry on the licks, riffs, and kicks of my hero, the late, great Gil Bridges,” said Rollin.

“We are going to give audiences a marvelous show,” said Rare Earth keyboardist of nearly 30 years Mike Bruner, who is excited to bring Rare Earth veterans together on stage with some iconic new faces. “Everyone in the band today, they’re all great musicians, which you are going to expect with Rare Earth. We bring a lot of charisma to the stage.”

According to Louder, “Rare Earth’s music straddles genres and defies categorisation, slipping seamlessly between the two seemingly disparate worlds of classic rock and R&B.”

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Artists Use Synesthesia To Expand Their Creative Limits

Cynthia Pinot

Cynthia Pinot

LOS ANGELESFeb. 24, 2023PRLog — Imagine living in a world where music is not only heard, but also seen, where words have flavors and colors have a smell. That is a reality for some people with a rare neurological condition. And some artists are using it to expand their creative limits.

Contemporary Artist Cynthia Pinot has frequently spoken about having synesthesia and how it helps her create art. According to Healthline, synesthesia is a neurological condition in which information meant to stimulate one of your senses stimulates several of your senses. People who have synesthesia are called synesthetes.” Research from 2006 shows that about 2-4% of the population have the condition. Pinot said that her synesthesia inspires a lot of her work. “Like all of my work for the most part have to do with synesthesia, all of my artwork, everything I do, live, all the colors for each photograph, painting, it’s because those are the colors for those images specifically.”
There are other artists, like Stevie Wonder, Billie Elish, Ferrell Williams,  and John Mayer, who have also  described having  synesthesia. John Mayer revealed that his neurological condition allows him to see colors, he sees his music as “shapes, colors, geometry. I’ve done it for so long now, that a lot of that data has sort of dissolved, and it’s all feeling now,” he said. “I just know where it is. It’s very Jedi now.”
Cynthia Pinot, also referred to as The Quantum Muse creates artworks that use a variety of media and techniques – drawing, 3D, motion graphics, photography, and Synthography – computer-based interaction. Cynthia was diagnosed with Synesthesia in two forms: Chromesthesia, and Spatial Sequence Synesthesia at age eight. Pinot describes her world in an abstract quantum level where all sound has color and time stamps have a very definitive latitude and longitude, but constantly in motion. Cynthia’s interest in Dutch masters has also influenced her work. She is fascinated by their use of light and shadow, and the way they can create a sense of depth and realism using only a few simple elements. This has led her to experiment with light and shadow in her own work, and to create portraits that often have a dreamlike quality about them.
When asked, Pinot shared “I use photography, illustrative, drawing tools, generative adversarial network, synthesized machine intuition, to push the velocity and boundaries of the human expression. Via the mechanism of quantum feedback, you send a constant, and never-ending stream of information into the universal intelligence of the quantum field. As a result, the potentialities of all your alternative realities collapse into the present moment and coalesce to create chance opportunities, synchronicities, and diving timing. As artist I feel it is our responsibility to be the voice and the eyes for others as we move through all timelines, just be present, create the truth as you see it, and hear, where others cannot, even if the demands are difficult in this prosaic world.  We can change the world; through truth, texture, and colored sound vibrations, through love all things are possible.”
Synesthesia (https://www.healthline.com/health/synesthesia#examples)

25+ Artists “Band Together” for Benefit Christmas Album Release with MTS Records

 The first-ever, “A Very Yinzer Christmas,” featuring tracks by more than 25 Pittsburgh music icons will be released worldwide on November 18th, 2022 on Pittsburgh-based MTS Records. The album includes legendary Pittsburgh artists who have reached national prominence, as well as the best musicians that the ‘Burgh has to offer. The collection will benefit kids and adults from Band Together Pittsburgh – all who live on the autism spectrum. Several Band Together members are also featured on the album.

Artists include The Skyliners, Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky, Pete Hewlett, Scott Blasey of The Clarks, Jeff Jimerson (Penguins’ National Anthem Singer), Joe Wodarek (The Stickers), Miss Freddye, Nied’s Hotel Band, and many more! A complete artist listing is available at https://yinzerchristmas.com/download/.

“The talent in the Pittsburgh area is incredible and spans generations. I want to celebrate all the talent we have in the city while doing something meaningful for some great people from Band Together Pittsburgh,” said organizer and Executive Producer, Joe Wodarek.

“A Very Yinzer Christmas” benefit concert event will also take place at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. Download cards for the new album and tickets to the live show are available for purchase beginning via www.yinzerchristmas.com.

Band Together Pittsburgh is a non-profit 501(c3) with a mission is to enrich the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, through participation, education and mentorship, using the power of music. Learn more about Band Together Pittsburgh and its autism-friendly music programs at www.bandtogetherpgh.org.

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