ORT 2012: Mindy Weisel

From Tzivi’s June ’12 Spotlight:

Sunday, April 22 found me at Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood for ORT’s annual “Lunch with a View.” This year’s special guest was Mindy Weisel, author of Touching Quiet: Reflections in Solitude, and editor of the collection Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy of Loss.

Weisel is an artist, and her presentation was more aesthetic than intellectual. She showed slides of various paintings in which her father’s concentration camp number (A3146) was clearly visible, and she explained why her canvases feature a specific shade of blue-”my mother’s favorite color, cobalt blue, which I use every time I paint.”

Weisel’s work can be found in many museums including Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and The Jewish Museum in New York. In Chicago, she is represented by the Jean Albano Gallery on Superior. For full color samples visit her website:www.MindyWeisel.com.

Daughters of Absence–a collection of short pieces all written by the daughters of Holocaust survivors–contains this passage by journalist Kim Masters which seems to me to say it all: “It isn’t easy to be happy if you’re a Jew. As you float along on your happiness, the fingertips of the six million brush you from beneath like kelp reaching up from the bottom of the sea. You can hear their whispers. Some say, ‘Remember!’ Others say, ‘Beware!’ But some, perhaps including my grandparents, say, ‘Go with God.’ And sometimes, I think, some might even say, ‘Thank you for living.’”

Click HERE to “Look Inside” Daughters of Absence on Amazon :-)

Click HERE to “Look Inside” Touching Quiet on Amazon :-)

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