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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Deborah
Davidson
617
558-6484

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BOOKWORKS BY NEARLY 80 JEWISH WOMEN ARTISTS FROM AROUND
THE WORLD TO BE FEATURED IN EXHIBIT ON IMPORTANCE
OF BOOKS IN JEWISH TRADITION

"Women of the Book: Jewish Artists, Jewish Themes" at Starr Gallery
Is Part of "Words on Fire" Arts and Humanities Festival

NEWTON - Bookworks created by nearly 80 Jewish women artists from around
the
world will be featured in an exhibit entitled "Women of the Book: Jewish
Artists; Jewish Themes" running from March 23 to May 18 at the Starr
Gallery
in Newton Center. Part of "Words on Fire," an arts and humanities festival
marking the 70th anniversary of a massive book burning that took place in
Berlin in 1933, the artists' creations explore the intimacy and the
universality of the book within the Jewish tradition.
The artists included in this show come from Australia, New Zealand,
England, Israel, Italy, South Africa and throughout North America.
According
to Shoshana Pakciarz, executive director of the New Center for Arts and
Culture, sponsor of "Words on Fire," the women have created bookworks of
unusual beauty and significance, all reflecting Jewish themes. Some of the
themes touched on include Jewish rituals and traditions, cultural memory,
the integration of Jewish culture into art, and the relationship to liturgy
and text.
The exhibit is curated by Judith A. Hoffberg, renowned expert in artist
books who has a reputation for creating exhibitions of bookworks from
around
the world. Many of the pieces to be shown have been exhibited together at
galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and Europe since 1997 while some
were expressly created for "Words on Fire."
An opening event for the exhibit will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on
Sunday, March 23. Exhibit curator Judith Hoffberg will present a gallery
talk at 4:00 p.m. The Starr Gallery is located at the Leventhal-Sidman
Jewish Community Center at 333 Nahanton Street, Newton Center. Gallery
hours
are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10-7; Wednesday 12-8; Friday 10-2; and Sunday
11-4.

About the Starr Gallery
The Starr Gallery is committed to creating exhibitions that address issues
of Jewish culture and identity. Through these programs, the Gallery also
seeks to engage a larger community. The Starr Gallery supports and
showcases
Jewish art and artists, and brings national exhibitions of cultural and
historic interest to the Jewish community of New England.

About the New Center for Arts and Culture
The New Center for Arts and Culture is a new multi-disciplinary cultural
institution that seeks "to build community by exploring Jewish culture and
the interconnectedness of all cultures, creating a dynamic setting that
inspires artistic excellence, welcomes diversity, nurtures creativity,
furthers collaboration and encourages discussion in the arts and
humanities." Offering its first programming, "Words on Fire," at venues
throughout Greater Boston in the spring of 2003, the New Center's plans
include building a community gathering place in downtown Boston. The New
Center for Arts and Culture will offer high-level programs in the visual
arts, humanities and the performing arts. Through its programs the New
Center is committed to building common ground by creating dialogue and
collaboration, a cultural commons that will contribute to building "One
Boston through Arts and Culture." For more information on "Words on Fire"
or
the New Center for Arts and Culture, call 617-558-6593 or visit
www.wordsonfireboston.com <http://www.wordsonfireboston.com >.

Images available upon request

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