Monday, March 9, 2009

Marianne Lettieri exhibit

Homage to Hannalore Baron


Marianne Lettieri has two mixed media pieces in "Under the Influence: works by contemporary collage and assemblage artists and homage to those 20th century artists who inspire them," an exhibition at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas, March 14-April 25, 2009.

A 96-page catalog of the show is available here. The catalog was written by Cecil Touchon, director of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, who curated the exhibition. Marianne created a tribute to Hannalore Baron who has influenced her artistic development, and a second work more typical of her own style.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Barbara Mortkowitz curating art exhibit at BJE Jewish Community Library

BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, 415-567-3327 ext 703. All programs are free and open to the public; free parking available at the entrance on Pierce Street near Eddy. Visit to access the complete calendar of events, resources for book clubs, and latest acquisitions.

Art Exhibit
Marking Time: Omer Calendars by Community Artists
Exhibit: March 1 - July 26, 2009
Artists' Reception: Sunday, March 8, 2 - 4 P.M.
Barbara Mortkowitz, Curator

Omer counters, or calendars, have been part of the tradition of hiddur mitzvah, or beautification of the commandment, for centuries. Modern examples demonstrate how a wide variety of contemporary materials and techniques can be used to create pieces which reflect both ancient and new ideas about time and spiritual values.

The Omer is the measure of grain which the Children of Israel were commanded to bring to the Temple from the second day of Passover until Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, a period lasting 49 days. The counting of these days is an important part of the commandment. Over time, tradition began to link this period with the transition from slavery to freedom, and it was considered a time of preparation for the receiving of the Torah as celebrated on Shavuot. Contemporary artists have incorporated all these ideas into their own personal expressions of the significance of counting the Omer.