Happy Passover

Philip Reisman’s 1928 etching depicts a family and friends gathered together reading the Haggadah at their Passover Seder.

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Philip Reisman 1928 etching series scenes of NYC 

About the artist, Philip  Reisman-

Philip Reisman produced some sixty prints during the 1920s until 1931, mostly scenes from life all about him in New York City. Reisman studied printmaking with Harry Wickey who became a wonderful friend and guide. Helen Farr Sloan introduced Wickey to Reisman. At the time of this print, Reisman was sharing a studio with Harry Sternberg. He hadn’t sold any art work until he began to sell etchings. Later, when the “floor fell through everything” during the Depression, he applied for employment on the WPA. He was first assigned to the graphics department, and then moved on to easel painting and mural projects.

He was smart, humble,  political and hopeful. A great humanist and social commentator. He and Louise, his wife, visited Gloucester often. Examples of his paintings and photography of Gloucester are included in the Cape Ann Museum.

Reisman was born in Poland in 1904 and from the age of four brought up on the lower east side in New York City, “a way of life and kind of scene I understand and witness. The kind of scene which arouses me emotionally and that’s why I do it and keep doing it because it hasn’t lost its meaning for me.”

“In my work I focus on people…I paint people because they have always transfixed me. What they do. Why they do certain things. I’m really puzzled why people do many things and captivated by everything about them. The way they dress, the way they act and their relationships. The architecture they build around themselves. The whole thing is an endless fascination to me.”

“My interest is in portraying life as I see it with its light moments and with its sad moments and I present it as it is…as long as I live I’ll keep painting people because they intrigue me and I have hope!”-excerpts from my interview with Reisman in 1985 before his 83rd birthday

Don’t forget – Origami Class coming up at The Hive, for Easter / Passover!

I’ll be teaching an origami class at The Hive (on Pleasant Street) on March 14 at 7PM!

The theme this time will be Easter and Passover.  Models on our menu to fold include:

  • The traditional origami lily. Easter Lilies are a standard for decorating churches.  On one hand, the white color represents purity and joy.  More importantly, the lily bursts forth and blooms from a bulb which lies buried and hidden in the earth, like Christ who lay in the tomb and rose in glory from under the earth.  This model also introduces origami novices to a standard of the traditional origami repertoire, with its characteristics of elegance and simplification.
  • An Easter bunny/basket (designed by a Korean named Jacky Chan – not the martial arts action movie star!).   Not as directly related to the religious significance of Easter, this model combines a container (maybe for chocolate Easter eggs?) with a rabbit for something that looks kind of like a bunny-shaped slipper.  Cute and functional!
  • A lamb.   The lamb is a central part of the Passover meal, as well as a symbol of Christ for Christians.  This origami design also introduces the origami novice to the use of non-square paper (it is folded from a 2×1 rectangle).

I will have a few more options available to chose from, for both Easter and Passover themes.  That will include a cross (for Christ’s death and resurrection), frogs (one of the plagues leading up to the Passover), a Torah scroll (which contains the account of the Passover), etc.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to fold and photograph examples of each for this post, but you get the idea.

As usual, please contact The Hive to register, so we know how many people will need supplies although one or two latecomers are fine too!

To summarize:

Easter / Passover origami at The Hive!
Thursday, March 14th, 7-9pm, students $15, adults $20
call 978.283.3889 or email thehive@arthaven.org to register (although drop-ins are also possible)

To see some of my previous posts about origami (including photos) and origami classes, click here.

Fr. Matthew Green

Origami Class coming up at The Hive

I’ll be teaching an origami class at The Hive (on Pleasant Street) on March 14 at 7PM!

The theme this time will be Easter and Passover.  I’ll post photos of some of the models we will be doing, as soon as I pick them out… I’m thinking maybe a cross for the religious side of Easter and a bunny for the secular side of Easter, and I haven’t picked out the Passover designs yet – I have a book with lots of Passover-themed origami that I have to peruse to make a good selection!

As usual, please contact The Hive to make register, so we know how many people will need supplies although one or two latecomers are fine too!

To see some of my previous posts about origami (including photos) and origami classes, click here.

Fr. Matthew Green