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[BKARTS] Women of the Book



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Deborah 
Davidson 
617 
558-6484 

ddavidson@jccgb.org 

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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