From a stone mosaic that lined the floors of a 5th-century synagogue to the final rhyme spit out by a Jewish hip-hop artist, the span of the Jewish Museum's collections is as diverse as it is expansive. What began in 1904 with 26 artifacts has blossomed into a collection of 27,000 paintings, sculptures, and multimedia exhibits that together present a collage of art and Jewish culture from across centuries and continents.
The centerpiece of the Museum is Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, a permanent exhibition teeming with artifacts, videos, and art that collectively celebrate Jewish identity and the culture's ability to persevere through sometimes tragic circumstances. Artists?from 20th century French master ?douard Vuillard to contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley?enliven the galleries in rotating exhibitions.
Interactive exhibits such as the Archaeology Zone bring kids within earshot of ancient times as they don ancient costumes and weigh, magnify, and analyze vessels just like anthropologists or careful ancient housewares shoppers. Family activities include holiday-themed art classes and workshops, and The Wind Up series invites adults into the Museum for an after-hours menagerie of cutting-edge music, film, and theatre. After a day of soaking up history, attendees can nosh at Lox at Caf? Weissman, a certified-kosher caf? whose stained glass windows shed light on the edible portion of the Jewish journey.
Eastside Art Gallery's skilled frame-fitters prepare photos and artwork for eye-catching display with hand-finished wood and metal frames. They pride themselves on helping visitors to customize an ideal frame style to match their home décor, and they strive to protect valuable prints from deteriorating, fading, or spontaneously combusting by using acid-free backing and UV glass. In addition to their fastidious framing services, they maximize customer satisfaction by regularly offering same-day turnaround and free pickup and delivery within the neighborhood.
Although buying pottery pieces in a store is easier than making your own, it isn’t nearly as satisfying. At Supermud Pottery Studio, it’s this impending satisfaction that leads students aged 3 to adult toward creating their own mugs, vases, and bowls during interactive classes and children's summer camp. Pupils learn the basics, such as hand building or wheel throwing, from experienced teachers as they shape blocks of lifeless clay into utilitarian pieces or sculptures with actual heartbeats. Finished artwork may even reside in the studio's gallery, which displays inimitable ceramic works by both renowned artists and Supermud alumni.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: Four+ hours
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Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: The workspace and members' gallery
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Sure, Con Artist Collective boasts a gallery and work area. But it's the community aspect of the space that Director Oscar Brown champions. "[Members] can expect a very welcoming and uplifting experience," he says "We make it a point to try and . . . connect them with another person in their field so they have a chance to collaborate." At the collective, creatives come together to make art, put on group shows, and enjoy social events. Artists can indulge creative impulses of any kind with an arsenal of tools, from a four-color silk screen press to power washers and Apple computers. Members can also sell their wares through the collective's website, gallery, and storefront. Click here to view Con Artist Collective's press page.
Before the archivists of Art and Framing Gallery begin a project, they slip on pairs of cotton gloves. By sheathing their hands, they guard against fingerprints and finger-paints. Their dedication to museum-quality workmanship shines through each project, whether it's a same-day framing job or a standard three- to seven-day order.
In Art and Framing Gallery's showrooms, walls display more than 3,000 frame samples and acre upon acre of mats. Ready-made framed mirrors and artwork also share this space, which connects to in-house workshops. Here, craftsmen cut custom glass and piece together each project. They skillfully preserve artwork and portraits and excel with projects that require special care. They encase delicate antiques in UV-protective glass and display sports jerseys in cases that ward off wrinkling and grass stains.
The stylists at Le Salon d’ Art embrace the art world as much as they do the hair world—so much so that each month the salon showcases a new artist’s work, from mixed-media paintings to highly stylized photographs. But their dedication to the arts doesn’t stop there. Out on the salon floor, junior and senior stylists can be found cutting, painting, and sculpting strands into modern and classic ’dos.
To create these custom looks, stylists reach for Goldwell products and Coppola keratin treatments, as well as use a variety of advanced techniques, including balayage highlighting and paintball coloring. And while they do all of this, to make each client’s experience enjoyable, they offer complimentary glasses of wine, coffee, and tea.