THE MAIN STREET GALLERY

The Main Street Gallery is an exhibit space designed by Sol LeWitt and in which we show art works with Jewish themes, by Jewish artists, that relate to our community, or that educate the viewers on a topic of concern. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact the CBSRZ office for more information or to register group visits.

ON EXHIBIT NOW

Ashby Carlisle and Rick Silberberg

Through January 2018

Ashby Carlisle creates sculptural landscapes with an impressionist flair.  “My routine of witnessing the first light with black silhouettes of bare vines and trees lyrically dancing across the vista fuels my art with colors, images, lines, and ponderings about nature.  I have developed a unique process to translate my observations into sculptural landscapes.  It starts when I form clay to become the earth’s crust.  With the clay pieces finished I begin fabricating the paper, metal, and wood that join the clay to complete the image.  While labor intensive, the work is very engaging as it summons many different skills and techniques:  printing and dyeing paper; forming, firing and glazing clay; welding steel and bronze; routing and constructing wood boxes; and applying the various finishes each material requires.”

A year ago Ashby was invited to create art inspired by a new novel, “Queef,” written by New London artist, Casey Spectacular.  Ashby will be illustrating Chapter 11, “The Funeral,” in which the main character travels through stages of emotion attending his grandfather’s funeral.  The book premieres at the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London August 11 and continues to September 9. To learn more about the artist Ashby Carlisle visit www.ashbycarlisle.com.

Rick Silberberg’s landscape paintings have been described as both peaceful and disquieting.   “Silberberg’s creations seem to transform into something other than they started out to be.  Here are abstract landscapes that reach for more literal grounding; there, one finds quasi-representational landscapes in the process of melting into pure abstraction.  The longer one spends with the paintings, the more hypnotic and enchanting their effects.” (Steve Starger – Art New England)

Silberberg was born in New York City in 1946 and received his M.A. in studio art from the City University of New York in 1972 after which he exhibited at the San Francisco Art Institute and in galleries in Berkeley and Oakland.  He has been awarded the Chalker Prize and his work appears in many private collections.  Silberberg was formerly an art therapist at Whiting Forensic Institute and the gallery director of the Essex Art Association Gallery.  He is a former member of Artworks Gallery in Hartford and is currently a member of Gallery One, a shoreline coop which exhibits in many venues along the northeast coast. To learn more about the artist Rick Silberberg visit www.ricksilberberg.com.

An opening reception with local musicians will be on Sunday, November 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is free and open to the public. Both artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions.

PAST EXHIBITS

Michael Pressman

Through October 2017

“As a recent settler here in the Valley/Shoreline from the New York City area, I was struck by the great beauty surrounding my new home – the marshes, rivers, and preserves. But as a nature photographer who rejects hackneyed picture-postcard images, I felt discontent with my efforts to photograph my surroundings in a meaningful way. In my restlessness, I sought inspiration in the very first photograph I fell in love with as a young man: White Fence by the great Jewish master Paul Strand (1890-1976). Strand’s 1916 photograph emphasizes a mundane white picket fence. Yet, Strand was fascinated, saying the fence was ‘very much alive, very American, very much a part of the country’. Strand’s groundbreaking, beautifully composed image plays tricks with the depth and light and emerges as an unforgettable portrayal of Americana. Fences are as beautiful to me as the rocky shore of Hammonasset. My challenge was to combine the natural beauty of the area with the practical and evocatively metaphorical structure of fences.”

Michael spent more than thirty years as a national broadcast journalist for both ABC News and NBC News, on programs that included ABC News 20/20, Dateline NBC and Today Show. Mostly working in “long form” – news magazines and documentaries – as a producer, director, and writer, Michael is the recipient of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, an Emmy, and the Cine Golden Eagle Award. Michael has exhibited his photography widely in the metro New York City area.

An opening reception for “Fences” will take place on Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 5 pm to 7 pm and regular viewing is Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Moses E. Hoskins

May to July 2017

 

Moses E. Hoskins was born in 1953 in Iowa where he spent his youth and some time as an adult. He was educated in public schools and attended a few colleges in the Midwest before receiving a BFA from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History.

 

As a visual fine artist, his roots were in figurative rendering but he has worked abstractly since the mid-80’s. Residing in New York City since 1988, Hoskins has exhibited in a variety of venues. He is a recipient of grants for support of his continuing work in painting, drawing, and collage from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and also from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In NYC he exhibited regularly with OK Harris from 2000 until their closing in 2014 after 45 years.

 

Gallery Reception – Sunday, June 4th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Robert Jacoby and Rita Brieger

February – March – April 2017

 

Robert Jacoby

Robert Jacoby retired as an academic veterinarian from the Yale School of Medicine in 2004.  In his more than thirty years as an acc­omplished artist, he has exhibited in many juried shows and shown in local galleries including Congregation Bethel Keser Israel.  His work is included in two dozen private collections and at the Yale School of Medicine.

Jacoby’s approach to painting “varies in emphasis between color and marks, depending on the spontaneous dialogue that emerges between my psyche and a painting as the latter takes form.  This is all in service to personal discovery about the meanings and mysteries of duende.  The result, not surprisingly, is stylistic diversity which may seem confusing to viewers looking for a consistent “voice” in my work.  This is a small price I pay to stay authentic to my internal compass.”

Jacoby and his wife, Marcia, have lived in Guilford since 1971 and are founding members of Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison.  They enjoy the company of their two children and five grandchildren

 

Rita Brieger

Most people know Rita Brieger as a Bridge teacher or the Rabbi’s wife and are surprised to discover yet another side of her…the artist.  Since Brieger’s graduation from the University of Connecticut in 1965, she has studied watercolor, acrylic and drawing, worked with notable artists and taken workshops with Beth Patterson, William “Skip” Lawrence and Steve diGiovanni.  Brieger’s paintings have been exhibited in art shows throughout Connecticut including Oxford Cultural Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Hamden Art League and Paint and Clay.

As an artist Brieger has “learned that the creative process is so hard and is, in fact, unique for each individual artist.  A work of art is a reflection of the SOUL print of the artist.  Art has taught me so much about myself, giving me a way to express myself in ways that I had never before been able to verbalize.  I love to be spontaneous, yet I need structure in my life.  My wardrobe is basically black, white and beige, but my paintings often explode with color.  I do not like being told what to do, yet I need direction.”

Having been married to the Rabbi who led Temple Emanuel in Orange, Connecticut for thirty-three years, Brieger jokingly refers to herself as the “Rebbetzin Emeritus.”  She now resides in Bethany, Connecticut where she is the devoted grandmother to her five-month old, twin granddaughters

 

 

Dorothy “Sis” Palmer

December, 2016 to January, 2017

CBSRZ member Peg Palmer, with the help of her daughter, Sarah Hornung, gathers together her mother’s beautiful artwork for this exhibit. Large, colorful, exquisite flowers fill Dorothy “Sis” Palmer’s canvases. Gallery, corporate headquarters, and large institutions throughout the country collected Palmer’s work. The Palmer family will be donating the proceeds from all work sold to CBSRZ.

An opening reception will be held January 8, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Phil Levine

August to November, 2016

Stratford, Connecticut artist and sculptor Phil Levine will do a composite retrospective of flat work and sculptural works for our gallery. “As I continue my study of Judaism, the way I come to terms with what I am learning is by making ‘Hand Made Midrah.” My works are study pieces on Jewish life, Jewish ritual objects and on Holocaust studies.”

Connecticut Valley Photo Club

May to July, 2016

A new photo exhibit by the members of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club is now on display through July.

Following A Passion started in 2002, the CVCC is an active group that boasts 45 members and backgrounds as diverse as the photographs they create.  From architect to molecular biologists, to flight attendant, they are united in their passion for capturing sights that speak to them (a UCONN Gallery Statement).

The group makes its second appearance in our Main Street Gallery.  The exhibit will remain open to the public Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Juniper Foster

February 12 to April 30, 2016

New York artist Juniper Foster in her abstract and representational paintings strives to take us on a journey, “…but I want you to see my bruises and scrapes along the way. My identity is hidden behind a curtain of being American…inside a culture which is often horrifying… Being an artist…able to see, feel and create what cannot be defined…that is magnificent.”

In June of 2015, Foster had a NYC show with Harry Folsom for the Highline Art Walk and her work will appear in the Hali Foundation fundraiser for underprivileged, autistic children.

Artist statement

An opening reception will be held March 13th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Steve Nadler

November 17, 2015 to January, 2016

Photographer Steve Nadler comes to CBSRZ on the heels of his highly acclaimed show in New York, “A Moment in Time.” An Essex resident and CBSRZ member, this is Nadler’s third exhibit in the Main Street Gallery. From the human condition to the wonders of nature, from photos that define the meaning of “family” to those that reveal the secrets of the smallest elements that make up our world, Nadler’s focus through the camera lense is always new and exciting.

OPENING RECEPTION

December 6, 2:015 to 5:00 p.m.

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Friday Evenings

  • 7:30 (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • 5:45 (Winter)

First Fridays

  • 7:00 First Friday Fun
  • 7:30 First Friday Service

Saturday

  • 9:00 Weekly Holy Scrollers Torah Study
  • 10:30 2nd Saturday Shabbat Morning Service & Potluck Kiddush Luncheon

Weekdays

  • 8:00 Wednesday Morning Minyan

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