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Exhibit Opening: Marcie Jan Bronstein & Alan Fishman, Rush Brown, and Robert Katz

Thursday, May 4, 2023
5:00 pm – 7:00 Pm

Mingle with artists and art lovers, enjoy wine and cheese with museum mavens and curious minds, and celebrate with us as we unveil our newest exhibitions!

    • Intertidal

      Alan Fishman
      May 4 – June 23
      Maine Jewish Museum

      For the past twenty six years a significant part of my work has been focused on painting land and seascapes throughout the year. Intertidal is a series devoted to the space between sea and land, between high and low tide: The Intertidal Zone. Observing tide pools and watching the sea ebb and flow fascinates me, and my paintings are meant to evoke the beauty of these potent places. They are not meant to be literal representations, but rather evocative of the visual complexity of these unique environments.

    • Play Date: Ceramics and Watercolor Paintings

      Marcie Jan Bronstein
      May 4 – June 23
      Maine Jewish Museum

      The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. – Carl Jung

      Play Date brings together years of process-driven paintings and ceramics, both of which were created in a state of responsiveness to material, shape, color and form: Deep Play.

      The whimsical and suggestive ceramic vessels capture relationship dynamics, vulnerabilities and exchanges of energies. These are hand built works which emerged in the process of making; they surprised and delighted me all along the way.

      DANCE, BLOOM: hand built stoneware with colored slips and glaze 2022
      AT SEA, DEEP PLAY: watercolor on paper 2016

    • The Forces of Entropy

      Rush Brown
      May 4 – June 23
      Maine Jewish Museum


      Beloved Portland-based artist Rush Brown returns to the Maine Jewish Museum with an exhibition of new and recent work. This show includes smaller, playful works of gallery visitors and miniature paintings, paintings of Paris, iconic Portland scenes, a figurative study of another well known Portland artist, and other works that will be familiar to his collectors.

    • A Biblical Tableaux

      Robert Katz
      May – June 23, 2023
      Maine Jewish Museum

      Artist Statement

      My recent mixed-media assemblages inspired by selected Parashiyot explore the interplay of myth, ritual, memory and truth. By repurposing found objects, texts and photographs — vestiges of a modern world — I examine the mysteries and struggles depicted in the Scriptures. The use of disparate materials across a consistent background of aged and unfinished wooden boxes literally imbues this visual, biblical mosaic with elements of creation and the smell of the earth.