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Iona Council On The Arts Opens Exhibition On Book Of Psalms Images

A copy of Psalm 7 written by French monks in the 15th century. Artists today have created works of art designed to re-imagine some of the Psalms..
A copy of Psalm 7 written by French monks in the 15th century. Artists today have created works of art designed to re-imagine some of the Psalms.. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Iona College Council on the Arts is to present a “unique interactive exhibition” featuring the works of seven artists, according to a statement from the college.

The exhibition, “psalmsIMAGEand …” is to feature the works of Judaica artist Fred Spinowitz and photo artists, David Brown, Bart Gorin, Liv Jordan, Sagit Shans, Ahron Weiner and Scott Wright.

According to the school, the exhibition is to run from Aug. 29-Sept. 29. An opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 1. An Artists Gallery Talk is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, according to organizers.

The artists’ works represent original takes on the Hebrew text of more than 150 Psalms, according to the college, which noted that the Psalms may be imagined differently depending upon the reading.

Spinowitz, who created his works over a period of three years, was said to have used water color, print and ink as his primary tools. The other artists completed their works without referencing Spinowitz’ art, according to the statement, which notes that the artists selected three sentences for each of the psalms using 150 words selected from the religious texts.

“They have captured the imagination of many because of their beauty and imagery,” college organizers said in the statement. “The artists and viewers will engage in a visual conversation while thinking about the poetry of the Psalms.”

The school has planned to make available sketchbooks and markers placed at “strategic” locations around the gallery to invite viewers to write or draw their impressions of each Psalm, according to organizers.

The entire Spinowitz portfolio will be available in The Gallery, organizers said, adding that The Gallery is open from Monday-Thursday from noon-5 p.m.; Thursday from 6:30-8p.m.; and Sunday from 2-5 p.m., according to the statement.

The Iona College Arts Center is at 665 North Ave. For more information, call Gallery Director Madalyn Barbero Jordan at 914-637-7796.

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