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St. Louis Jewish Light

Lisa Edelstein, shown in a studio with some of her works, is known for playing Jewish characters on TV. (Holland Clement)

These incredible paintings by TV star Lisa Edelstein capture her Jewish family

Linda Buchwald, JTAPublished January 22, 2023

(JTA) — Like many of us left without plans during the initial COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, Lisa Edelstein spent some of her time rummaging through old family photographs. But instead of just basking in the nostalgia, she was also on the lookout for her...

Longtime St. Louis Art Museum docent Judith Garfinkel  speaks to fourth and fifth graders from Imperial, Mo. on Oct. 19. Photo by Bill Motchan

It’s all about the story, and Judith Garfinkel sure has one to tell

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished November 20, 2022

As hard as I try, there is no way to describe Judith Garfinkel’s command over her young charges at the St. Louis Art Museum other than to say she had them eating out of her hand. There she was, all 5 feet, 105 pounds of her, impeccably dressed, red...

A Jewish cabaret artist’s Egon Schiele paintings, stolen by the Nazis, will be auctioned for charity

A Jewish cabaret artist’s Egon Schiele paintings, stolen by the Nazis, will be auctioned for charity

Published October 27, 2022

(JTA) — After a years-long battle to reacquire two paintings the Nazis stole from their ancestor before he became one of their early victims, the descendants of Austrian Jewish cabaret performer Fritz Grünbaum will auction the Egon Schiele works off...

The “Hanukkah Forever” postage stamp is unveiled at Temple Emanu El in Orange Village, Ohio, on Oct. 20. Second from left is designer Jeanette Kuvin Oren. Credit: Courtesy Jeanette Kuvin Oren.

US Postal Service celebrates Hanukkah with new ‘forever’ stamp

By Howard Blas, JNSPublished October 25, 2022
Judaica artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren calls the stamp the “culmination of a lifelong dream.”
B’nai Amoona launches art gallery; new exhibit runs through December

B’nai Amoona launches art gallery; new exhibit runs through December

Published October 3, 2022

  Congregation B’nai Amoona created a space for an art gallery in the Oberman Community Room under the leadership of Lester Goldman, chairman of the Art Gallery Committee. Its latest exhibit, which runs until Dec. 4, features Mark Witzling,...

Documentia by CRC’s Benjamin Kaplan takes an artistic look at dementia, celebrating the memories

Documentia by CRC’s Benjamin Kaplan takes an artistic look at dementia, celebrating the memories

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 30, 2022

Artists often use real life experiences to inspire their work. That’s exactly the case for St. Louis multidisciplinary artist Benjamin Kaplan. He channeled the raw emotions of being a caregiver to family members. Then he used his creativity to develop...

Marc Chagall’s Catskills house is for sale — for $240,000

Marc Chagall’s Catskills house is for sale — for $240,000

Published September 29, 2022

(New York Jewish Week) — Jewish artist Marc Chagall’s home can be yours. Not the brick house where the artist grew up in Vitebsk, in what is now Belarus. Not his heavy stone villa in the south of occupied France, nor his New York apartment on East...

Bunny Burson returns to St. Louis with new work celebrating family, art and faith

Bunny Burson returns to St. Louis with new work celebrating family, art and faith

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished September 8, 2022

Printmaker and artist Bunny Burson may now call Colorado home, but she’s come back to St. Louis for her newest art opening this weekend at the Bruno David Gallery in Clayton. This is her sixth solo exhibition with the gallery and is the latest chapter...

Hidden from the Nazis, murdered Jewish artists trove of paintings discovered in Prague house

Hidden from the Nazis, murdered Jewish artist’s trove of paintings discovered in Prague house

Amos Chapple of Radio Free EuropePublished September 6, 2022

Fearful that the occupying Nazi forces in Prague could confiscate a lifetime's worth of artwork, Jewish painter Gertrud Kauders decided in 1939 to hide her vast array of paintings and drawings. Nearly 80 years later, in the summer of 2018, Michal...

Downtown St. Louis’ concrete floodwalls get fresh artwork each year during Paint Louis, which brings graffiti and street artists to the city each year. The scene above was captured in November 2018. (Bill Motchan)

Paint Louis commemorates 25 Years of street art: ‘Seen by everyone, owned by no one’

BY NANCY KRANZBERG , SPECIAL FOR THE ST. LOUISPublished August 31, 2022

This weekend marks the event’s 25 anniversary of Paint Louis, the annual global community event, and celebration of graffiti and mural art. The event takes place along the floodwalls of downtown St. Louis. It brought together graffiti and street artists...

Amy Firestone Rosen

Killing dresses is just part of how Amy Firestone Rosen is “Rethinking The Party Dress”

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished August 18, 2022

When you observe the art on display right now in The Foundry Art Centre's "Rethinking the Party Dress" exhibit, look at the work through the eyes of a child. That is where you will find the evolution of artist Amy Firestone Rosen's motivation. "Art...

David Friedmann in 1936 in his apartment at Paderborner Strasse 9, Berlin-Wilmersdorf. In the background his painting of the Berlin Cathedral appears. After World War II, it was found in his sister-in-law’s apartment. Friedmann’s painting of the Schlossbrücke und Zeughaus (castle bridge and arsenal), today the German Historical Museum, also appears. These paintings are among hundreds of Nazi-looted and lost artworks.

Where to see six priceless sketches by renowned artist David Friedmann in St. Louis

Laura G., History & Languages Librarian at St. Louis Public LibraryPublished July 11, 2022

A nun of unknown order sits quietly at a table under the roof of the public library. She writes diligently in her journal, surrounded by stacks of books, unaware that she is being anonymously immortalized by a roving pen. For several long, unbroken minutes,...

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