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New Artist’s Reception with Lynne Feldman & Poetry Reading with Tova Ricardo

Saturday, March 12 @ 3:00 pm7:30 pm

Program Schedule:

Opening Reception: 3:00-5:30pm

Art Talk With Lynne Feldman, 5:45-6:30pm

Poetry with Tova Ricardo, 6:30pm

Havdalah Service, 7:00pm

Exhibit continues through April 30, 2016

The Blessing(1) by Lynn FeldmanThe artwork of Lynne Feldman will be displayed in the Fireside Gallery Room at Kehilla with an opening reception on March 12. Lynne, who lives in New York, will be here for the opening. Her wonderfully colorful and celebratory pieces depicts multiculturalism in the Jewish communtiy. The medium is both silk screen prints and tapestries.

Lynn  writes:   I have been an artist all my life.  My earliest memories are of drawing and making things.  I was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in a very secular Jewish family.  My grandparents were immigrants from Russia and spoke Russian, not Yiddish.  Their particular brand of Judaism was cultural rather than religious. I loved being with them in their world. Years later, with my own family, I found myself searching for that something that I found in their home.  It was also at that point in my life when my spirituality and my art became one.

The evening will include a poetry reading with Tova Ricardo, and Havdalah.

Tova_poetSeventeen-year-old Tova Ricardo, a junior at Bentley High School, is Oakland’s 2015 Youth Poet Laureate. Tova began writing poetry from a young age and fell in love with the ways that words and characters tie together to spark emotion and controversy inside the reader. Tova soon realized that she wanted to utilize poetry in ways to reflect her personal experiences and encounters. She believed that she had found the one place where she wouldn’t have to conform to society’s expectations. The meeting of pen to paper allows Tova to claim her freedom of expression. The emotional terrain that surrounds the construction of human identity regarding race, gender, sexuality, family dynamics, community, and social stigma crackle like electricity throughout Tova’s work.

The exhibit and opening reception are co-sponsored by Kehilla and Bend the Arc (


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