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Gary Rosenthal Collection
The Hiddur Mitzvah Center


Recent Events

Tuesday, May 10 - "Jazz in the Gallery" Music and Art Exhibition

Join our hosts, Gary Rosenthal and Marta Goldsmith, for "Jazz in the Gallery" Music and Art Exhibition, Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm . Performers include Scott Giambusso , Maureen McCusker , and Jay Cooley . A $20 contribution per person will benefit Send a Kid to Theatre Camp scholarships through Theature Lab DC . For more information please call (202) 966-1306 or email Click here to Register.

Saturday May 7th through Sunday, May 15th - Jewish Arts Festival

Incubator will be hosting events for the Grand Opening of the Hiddur Mitzvah Center . The gallery will be exhibiting the work of three local Jewish artists: painter Ronny Tabeka; “Sammy Spider” series book author and illustrator Katherine Janus Kahn; and Gary Rosenthal Rosenthal. A free “meet the artists” reception will be held on Sunday, May 8th, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the gallery.

Gary Rosenthal , the founder of the Howard Ave Arts Incubator, has been making one of the most popular and unique lines of Judaica for over 30 years. Combining copper, brass, and steel with brilliant fused glass, the collection has a contemporary style rooted in tradition. Inspiration comes from the rich history of the Jewish people, which tells us it's a blessing - a mitzvah - to make beautiful functional art.

Katherine Janus Kahn’s "Sammy Spider" book series for preschoolers is an engaging introduction to Jewish traditions told by Sammy, a curious spider. Each story covers a specific Jewish holiday and a learning concept. Kahn's brightly colored collage illustrations and simple bold designs for the "Sammy Spider" series have been widely praised.

Israeli-born artist Ronny Tabeka , who paints colorful, exciting, and meaningful works, has dedicated much of his adult life to teaching a love of Judaism through language and the arts. Tabeka has worked for many years in the Washington, DC area, consulting,designing graphics, and teaching Hebrew to adults and children.

A family arts activity making Shabbat candlesticks, “Keep the Light Alive” , will also be offered on Mother's Day Sunday, May 8th, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in the Gary Rosenthal Collection studio.

The focus on Jewish art and the grand opening continues the following weekend, on Sunday May 15th from noon to 5:00 pm , when the work of members of the ArtSites Guild for Judaic Art will be shown in the gallery. The guild is comprised of 30 professional and semi-professional artists working in glass, painting, jewelry, photography, pottery and fiber, who display and sell their work through self-sponsored shows throughout the metropolitan area.

Saturday, April 2nd through Saturday April 16th - Member-Curated Photography Exhibit // View image gallery

A group of members, 10 photographers led by Jim Auerbach, will present our first self-curated "guild" show in April. The exhibit, "Looking In, Looking Through," will run from the evening of Friday, April 1st through Saturday, April 16th, and an Artist's Reception will be held from 7-9:00 PM on Saturday, April 2nd. Gallery hours: Wed. to Fri. from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Sat. from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sun. from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

"Photography gives us the opportunity to record how we see things. Photography also gives us the opportunity to see more than just the thing. When we photograph, we can either simply capture the light that is being reflected from the surface of an object, or we can look deeper into or even through an object or a scene. This ability to look into or through provides us with the opportunity to capture the context of how a subject exists in our wider world." ~ George DeBuchananne, Participating Artist

Tuesday, April 12 - "Music, Art and Friends in the Gallery" Concert, Mary Ann Redmond

The Howard Avenue Arts Incubator kicks off the concert series "Music, Art and Friends in the Gallery" with a performance by local Jazz and R&B singer Mary Ann Redmond , who will be accompanied by another local favorite, guitarist Dan Hovey . Join us for an intimate evening of delights for the ears and eyes, as you take in the sounds of the fourteen-time Wammie Award winner, while also "Looking In, and Looking Through" the photographs of the 10 local artists featured in our first gallery exhibit.

A special reception will be held before the concert for patrons who wish to support the Howard Avenue Arts Incubator in helping local emerging artists and promoting the arts. Donors of $50 and above will be invited to this private event from 6:30 to 7:15 pm, where they will be hosted by Gary Rosenthal and the "Looking In, Looking Through" exhibit curator Jim Auerbach. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

The concert will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in the Incubator Gallery. Tickets for the concert only are also available for a minimum contribution of $10. Reservations are required, and are limited to the first 60 registrants. Register Here.

Wednesday, March 23rd – Dinner with An Expert: Fran Abrams

View blog post. Fran Abrams is a polymer clay artist whose work has been widely exhibited in the DC metro area. She served for 41 years in government and non-profit agencies and recently retired from her position as Grants Director at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). Fran has an undergraduate degree in art and architecture and a graduate degree in urban planning. She is a member of the Foundry Gallery in Washington, DC. As a contractor for AHCMC, she manages the county's public art program and the new Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room in the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans' Plaza in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Wednesday, March 15th – Monthly Member Potluck

Members are invited to a monthly potluck dinner in the Incubator gallery. Bring a friend and your ideas about how the Incubator can best meet the needs of artists and the community. Do you have suggestions for speakers, seminars, workshops, events, classes, or exhibits? What about ideas for sponsors, new members, outreach, or partnerships? Do you have any news to share about your work, upcoming events in the community, calls for artists, or other tips? Mingle, share, brainstorm, and eat with us!