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Mar 7,  7 pm to 11 pm @ LoveCityLove

Art Exhibition
Vilde Verter - Wild Words

Seattle Yiddish Fest presents for the first time a Yiddish Art show featuring a renowned artist Benny Ferdman and local Seattle artists.

Free for anybody, donations encouraged.

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Join Seattle Yiddish Fest for its first ever visual art exhibition, 'Vilde Verter- Wild Words' featuring the work of Los Angeles based artist Benny Ferdman. The evening will include a short talk by the artist about his work, some words from New York Times best selling author Michael Wex and a bit of live music from this year's featured musicians, Ilya Shneyveys, Susan Hoffman Watts and festival founder Craig Judelman'. There will also be a collaborative mural reflecting the theme of the show that will come to life during the opening celebration, led by local artists Rainer Waldman Adkins and Maia Brown and some prints and other small works by local artists working in the co text of Yiddish/Ashkenazi visual art. The evening will close with a klezmer jam that all are welcome to participate in.'

A word from Benny Ferdman about his work:

“I once saw a wolf floating down the river on a haystack.” Those were the words of my father while recalling memories of his life before the war in his hometown of Lutsk, Poland (now part of Ukraine). The contrast between a haystack, which feeds domestic creatures, and a wild creature, both afloat and rushing down a perilous river– seemed to me to presage my father’s world, a world about to be swept away- as indeed it was, just a few years later. That one sentence memory gave birth to several works of art in years past. And now, while considering my approach to this exhibit, that image seemed to have new resonance in light of the calamitous events in the world today.


In this exhibit I’m setting us all afloat on that river – a journey down a river of time, collecting and uncovering a carousel of symbols and wild words that once circled through the lived–life of past ancestral places. A world that has taken me a lifetime to connect with, and embody in this other land.

קער אַ וועלט Ker a Velt ‑ Turn the World Over! 
A Mural Art ‘Happening:  Envisioning Old & New Worlds

A dynamic artist team led by Rainer Waldman Adkins will set the structure for a Mural-Created-On-the-Spot beginning Thursday evening and extending through Saturday evening. Our theme is (riffing off the Vilder Verter/Wild Words credo for the entire festival) May our words and our melodies shatter empires and may they build new worlds ‑ זאָלן אונדזערע ווערטער און ניגונים די מלוכות צעשמעטערן און זאָלן זײ בויען נײַע וועלטן
(Zoln undzere verter un nigunim di melukhes tseshmetern un zoln zey boyen naye veltn).  
We’ll incorporate Yiddish calligraphy, fantastic creatures, powerful symbols and visions of past worlds and  possible future worlds. YOU will be able to contribute, either by helping the artist mark-makers or by making a collage tile that will be added to the the mural frame.  Art materials *(and cleaning-up for your hands) will be provided! 

Venue Parking info

Please don’t park in the lot at love city love, as it’s private and you might get towed. You can try parking in Whole Foods and buy something to get your parking validated or the safest bet would be a nearby public lot - Seattle central has a parking lot that’s $15 a day at 1609 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States. There may also be street parking available but please do read the signs well or better yet take public transport or carpool!

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