Friday, December 23, 2011
The URJ Biennial
American Guild of Judaic Art . It was wonderful to finally meet all these people I have admired for the last couple of years. The Guild provides a support system to the artist involved and also information and inspiration for artists and collectors alike.
I met so many great people at the conference. I have many new customers and I loved to hear their comments about my work. I also met a lot of artists. I want to thank each and everyone of them who were so forthcoming with information and help. I feel as though I have many new mentors and I am so grateful.
Claude Riedel, who makes the most beautiful Eternal Lights (Ner Tamids) for Temples and Synagogues. The lamps are a combination of metal and glass. He works closely with the temples and their architects to create a Light unique to the space.
Karla Gudeon's hand colored engravings are incredible. Her artwork is featured in musems and galleries as well as books. There is. nothing else like it.
Joan Edelstein's scarves. They are so amazing I had to get one for myself.
Simcha Textiles is the name of Elaine Phillip's work. Her handwoven tallit and wraps are are luxurious. When Elaine and I visited the Textile Museum we were like kindred spirits.
Jim Cohen for all his support before and during the show. I had never met Jim before, but had bombarded him with questions via email which he gladly answered for me. Jim is a master metal smith. His designs are what I can only describe as modern classics.
Well, I am already excited to attend the URJ Biennial in two years, which will be in San Diego.