“Growth and Change: An Artistic Interpretation” is the subject of an art exhibit being held at the Belskie Museum of Art and Science in Closter, New Jersey, through Sunday, January 27. With the New Year signaling a desire for change, the artists chosen to exhibit their artwork have interpreted and developed a visual concept of “change.” The 40 artists, each of whom are exhibiting one or two paintings, have presented their interpretations of how we change from year to year, which changes are likely to succeed and the ways in which art can improve the human condition.
New Rochelle artist Fred Spinowitz, whose Jewish-themed art includes paintings as well as original ketubot, is curating this timely exhibit with Sheryl Intrator Irman, a New Jersey artist. Each recognized artists in their own right, Spinowitz and Irman have co-curated annual exhibitions dating back 20 years and have been affiliated with the Belskie Museum for more than six years. Anita Douquette, the lead juror, is a staff member of the Whitney Museum in New York City.
The Artists’ Talk and Awards Ceremony on January 27, 3:00-4:30 p.m., will provide a unique experience for those in attendance as the artists talk to each other about their art. As Spinowitz said, “The Talk and Awards Ceremony is primarily to benefit the artists’ concerns, but visitors are welcome. Comments from past years have indicated how unusually interesting it is to be a ‘fly on the wall’ as artists share their insights about their work.”
All art is for sale and various nonprofit organization will host several evening events.
Family talent has certainly been handed down in the Spinowitz family and granddad Spinowitz is proud to share that his 18-year-old granddaughter, Miya Gorodischer, a student at FIT, is exhibiting in the show. Gorodischer, a graduate of Westchester Hebrew High School in Mamaroneck, New York, has taken rigorous art programs during the summer at the Usdan center and is continuing her art training at FIT.
Spinowitz discussed his formal art training, which began when he was a teenager after he was introduced to a Chabad artist, Chenoch Lieberman, in Crown Heights. For Spinowitz, “it was extremely frustrating to attend yeshiva high school without any available art training. In fact, I was in trouble on any number of occasions when ‘caught’ drawing on the wide margins of the Gemora provided.” A sympathetic rabbi recommended that Spinowitz contact Lieberman and soon thereafter, Spinowitz began attending Thursday night art classes in the artist’s home. Spinowitz continued, “It gave me some pleasure and art training until I graduated and then began studying at Pratt Institute.”
By Yvette Finkelstein