Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hello Everyone. Happy New Year.

It's time to get this party started. Lovely way to start the new year, don't you think, making friends and making art? Thank you all for joining this portrait party.

This is how it works:

1. Each person will start with a Moleskine Japanese fold pocket sketchbook. There first entry will be a self portrait (1-2 pages).

You can find these books at Penco, Barnes and noble, Dick Blick, Wet Paint, Art Materials,, and more. The price should be around $10-11. Let me know if you have any trouble getting your hands on one of these books.

2. When your entry is complete, send/deliver your book to the next person on the list (at right). That person will do a portrait of you and a self portrait, then mail your book to the next person, and so on. Your book will be finished and returned to you when each artist in the group has entered a portrait of you and a self portrait. Make sense? Feel free to ask questions.

3. Each artist gets 1 month to make a sketchbook entry. Each entry should be 2-3 pages.

4. Please communicate regularly via email. Let each person know that you have received/sent the book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

I was inspired to put this group together after Robyn Awend described an upcoming exhibit at the Sabes JCC. Here is a description of that show:

The Tychman Shapiro Gallery is accepting submissions for Profiling: Exploring the Faces of Diversity within the Jewish Community. In a world where racial and ethnic boundaries are becoming increasingly obscured, this juried exhibit will explore how the American Jewish community is also taking on a new identity. Artists are invited to submit representational or conceptual self-portraits reflecting elements of diversity within their Jewish identity.

This exhibit will examine the changing faces of the Jewish people and explore the layers of diversity that exists within the American Jewish population. Jewish origins include a multitude of languages, nations, tribes, ideologies, skin colors and paths to Judaism.

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Including but not limited to painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass and film. The exhibit dates are May 6–June 24, 2010, with a reception on May 9, featuring guest speaker Elinor Ruth Tatum. A reading in response to the exhibit will take place on June 20 with TalkingImageConnection (TIC). TIC is an organization that connects emerging poets and writers with adventurous visual artists and new audiences.

Deadline: November 16, 2009

I propose that we enter this exhibit as a group. We can take all of the first self portraits, have them scanned and printed as one display (TBD). If you wish to enter as an individual artist, as well, you may do so. We should have plenty of time to make our first entries before the deadline. The show isn't until May. There may be as many as five self portraits per person by that time. I think that would make a tremendous display.

Any ?'s or !'s ? Please feel free.

Chag Sameach! Shana Tovah.



  1. Why the Moleskine Japanese fold pocket sketchbook? We have a few reasons:

    They are small, less real estate to fill. We don't want this project to be a burden.

    The Japanese fold encourages interaction between artists.

    Moleskine products are fairly easy to come by. For a number of reasons, it is nice to have everyone working in the same format. This will be helpful for the group entry in the Sabes JCC exhibition, and for any other exhibition or publication we can get ourselves into.

    We have more reasons if you care to read them. Let me know.

  2. Also, we are looking for 2-3 more Jewish artists to join our group. Know anyone who might like to join us?