Hidden Links: Exploring Jewish Identity, the Work of Yona Verwer & Cynthia Beth Rubin


Produced by the Mizel Museum, Denver, CO, and the Center for the Arts Evergreen. Curated by Georgina Kolber and Stephanie Perkins.

Center for the Arts, Evergreen, Colorado.

July 30 – September 4, 2015. Opening July 30, 4-7 PM.

New York artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer exhibit works created together and separately, demonstrating how very different paths led each artist to an exploration of Jewish history and heritage that naturally culminated in a collaborative works. Working together as interpreters of history and heritage as they, photograph, document, represent, and weave together the stories of the past and the present.

The resulting collaborative works, inspired by New York’s Lower East Side, are presented as canvas banners, incorporating painterly digital imagery and physical acrylic paint. The banners are conceptually layered with augmented reality, drawing upon interviews with neighborhood historian Elissa Sampson, and music by Bob Gluck.

Using an iPad or smartphone, the viewer can trigger videos or photos of the source material embedded in the artwork, embarking on a discover process that leads the viewer closer to experiencing sensations of layered history. View these works at: http://history-heritage-lowereastside.blogspot.com

These works draw on both Rubin’s and Verwer’s earlier cultural heritage work, which will be exhibited alongside the collaborative works.

Rubin describes her work as an investigation of the threads of cultural memory which comes from some place beyond the individual. She is interested in how cultural traditions collide and merge, and how this is embedded in all of us. Although her work primarily focuses on Eastern European Jewish culture, other cultural legacies naturally become intertwined as well.

Verwer’s work reflects her background of coming to Jewish observance later in life through observation of her various cultural experiences. In combining the imagery of Jewish history with her observations of modern day America, she is making art inspired by Torah, Kabbalah and pop-culture.

Center for the Arts Evergreen, 32003B Ellingwood Trail Evergreen, CO 80439 PO Box 2737 Evergreen, CO 80437.

July 30 – September 4, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

Telephone: 303.674.0056  www.evergreenarts.org

Opening reception Thursday July 30 from 4-7pm with an introduction from 4:15-4:45 with Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer.


Art Workshop: Jewish Art and Augmented Reality

Sunday August 2, 2015, 12-3 PM

MACC Art Studio, JCC, 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246

Instructors: Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer.

In this guided workshop with New York visiting artists Yona Verwer and Cynthia Beth Rubin, participants will create colorful and expressive artworks based on traditional objects from the Mizel Museum collection, and then embellish those works with digital effects and the creative potential of augmented reality. This workshop will be a true blend of old and new creative processes. Open to all levels of experience. Bring your iPad, smart phone, and your brain!

Register here.

One response to “Hidden Links: Exploring Jewish Identity, the Work of Yona Verwer & Cynthia Beth Rubin”

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    Lawrence Schloss Sculpture Inc. (Lawrenceschloss.com)

    The entire program sounds wonderful. Yona Verwer is a brilliant, vibrant artist who is dedicated to promoting Judaic art through many venues. Don’t miss the opportunity to view her extraordinary work!