The Decatur Area Arts Council is presenting an exhibit highlighting the traditions, rituals, heritage and creativity of the Jewish culture as it has existed around the world. JEWISH CULTURE: Arts & Tradition is on display from June 2-July 28 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center in downtown Decatur. It features the work of thirteen Jewish artists and encompasses paintings, papercuts, ketubahs (marriage contracts), textiles, woodworking, silversmithing, and more. Artistic examples of many ritual objects illustrate how the arts are woven into the culture and exhibit text celebrates Jewish contributions to the performing and literary arts. An opening cultural event will be held on Saturday evening, June 2 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water Street. The evening includes audience participation with Dance Master “Dancin’ Steve” Weintraub and a Quartet from Maxwell Street Klezmer Band along with a taste of traditional Jewish cuisine and beverages. Both the exhibit and cultural event are open free to the public.
A Shabbat (Sabbath) Meal will be held on Friday, June 22 at 7 pm for those interested in experiencing the tradition Jewish lighting of the candles, ritual blessings, a sampling of challah bread and other typical Sabbath foods. Professional storyteller and recording artist, Susan Stone, will perform Jewish folktales. Advance registration is required by June 15.
Families are invited to enjoy the Family Arts Day on Saturday, June 23 which includes Susan Stone performing Jewish folktales, an exhibit “treasure hunt” and a hands-on art project. Advance registration with a $10 per family fee is required.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For further information or to register, please contact the Decatur Area Arts Council, 423-3189, www.decaturarts.org.