What happens when Midrash is not generated by the sages of the distant past but by contemporary artists? This is the question, posed by Rabbi Harry, that served as the basis for this year’s Calling All Artists—a program that has run every year since 2005. This year, in the middle of a pandemic, the project was even more meaningful although its format was more unusual. Eighteen artists, using various media, gathered on Zoom to explore Torah as it relates to Hope, Faith and Prayer.
For the artists, it was a way of working with Rabbi Harry on braiding a spiritual lifeline during a time of isolation and fear. Their work—sculpture, ceramics, paintings, prayer flags, poetry bowls, and more—are on the walls of the Social Hall, where they will be until the end of November 2021. You can view the exhibit Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, by appointment.
As Rabbi Harry says in his introduction to the project’s chapbook, “In many ways the sages of now are artists; open, courageous, creative seekers of truth and beauty, and conduits to understanding universal essence.” This beautiful little book, called A Light in Dark Times contains photographs of all the artists’ work, with their comments about the creative process that brought their art to life. They are for sale, at $7—a real deal! Ask at the office to purchase your own copy, as a memento of the 2021 Calling All Artists, or a gift.