Shalom in Jerusalem Hamsa, 12 x 12 Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Funny how the paintings run together after awhile and I forget what's been done before. I just came across a photo of this one that sold over a year ago and realized I hadn't made any prints to sell on Etsy or it or posted it on my website. I suppose I'll take a few minutes to do that soon, but in the meantime I thought I'd share it here.
A couple of days ago I received an email from the U.S. Department of State. They have a website for sharing our country's story with other countries at http://www.America.gov. Under the American Life category is an area on Diversity where they explore the "look" of diversity in the U.S. Yesterday they began running a feature on religious rites of passage, and asked permission to use my "Bat Mitzvah Girl" painting to illustrate the article. I am so honored they chose to use my art to represent Jewish Americans to the rest of the world.
And, as I was about to publish this post, I got an email from them that they'd even pay me for the usage. Icing on the cake!
It's been a crazy week! A week ago Saturday, May 3, I packed up my van with all of my art and goodies and headed to the St. Louis JCC. I joined a group of artists setting up for a Middle Eastern marketplace in an amazing setting as part of the celebration of Israel at 60. There we spent most of the week displaying our wares to the many people who came to the numerous events. It was a great experience in so many ways! The organizers took such good care of us, the customers were friendly, full of compliments and eager to buy, and my fellow vendors became like family. I'll try to get some posts up the next couple of days featuring the talented people and their work. I played "Jewish Geography" all week and had a great time making new friends. Thanks especially to Randi and Sue for including me in the event–you two are terrific!