OR DRINKING MINT TEA AND SMOKING HOOKAH IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM…
ISRAEL HAS IT ALL! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR SOME GREAT R & R.
But don’t just take my word for it – Elle Decor’s latest November issue
has a gorgeous spread on Tel Aviv as the latest “in” destination.
Even though I wanted to take a break from art following my hectic time in Paris, I kept bumping into wonderful street art such as this playful trompe l’oeil mural (below) by the popular and prolific Israeli muralist Rami Meiri.
Some other street art I encountered during my Tel Aviv wanderings:
I came across a performance artist (below) wearing bizarre Icelandic gear on a sweltering hot day in Tel Aviv, “ice fishing” in a drain while chanting a monotonous discordant tune. Go figure!
The cherry on the cake was an unexpected offer to exhibit my new series of mini Parisian portraits at Gabi Benzano’s gallery next year. I also returned home to find out that two of my ceramic figurines were juried into the national show Small Wonders at the MFA Circle Gallery in Maryland. Only 50 works out of almost 700 entries were selected, so I’m pretty happy about that. More on that later. Until then, Shalom, Salaam, Peace.
My latest trip to Paris was a whirlwind of activity – cramming my days with art, looking at it and writing about it. I have added a second publication to my resume – Vingt Paris. At night I made the rounds of gallery openings or vernissages. It was not all work, work, work, although I love what I do. I did manage to fit in a fair amount of shopping, visiting with friends and wining and dining. One of my good friends suggested having lunch at La Coupole, seeing that was a famous hang-out for many a Parisian artist in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s including one Yves Klein.
I made a very exciting contact with a gallery in Paris that is interested in representing my work. Galerie Saphir is a small but well respected gallery in the 17th arrondissement. The gallerist, Francine Szapiro, has four galleries which she manages with her husband. Our first collaboration is already up and running – my small ceramic figurines can now be found at 69 avenue de Villiers, Paris! We are hoping that they will appeal as Christmas gifts….
We are also discussing introducing my paintings to her clientele. All very exciting. I have started a series I had in mind inspired by the home of one of my Parisian friends, Grace Teshima, whose Montmatre apartment doubles as a gallery. The salon is a beautiful light-infused space (see detail of one of my paintings below).
On a totally different note, I have been selected as one of 54 Jewish women artists from around the world to contribute to the artistic interpretation of the Torah. The project is called Women of the Book and is the brainchild of Shoshana Gugenheim, who is based in Israel. I will be receiving my piece of parchment mid-2011 and will begin working on my visual interpretation of my selected text at that time. So lots of work at the moment which should keep my mind off the coming Virginia winter…