Author Archives: Yvonne Verwer

Art Exhibits with The Book of Yona

Two group exhibitions in the NY area will feature works of my new series The Book of Yona. A collaborative project with Katarzyna Kozera, this artwork blends the coming-to-America stories of Katarzyna’s and my lives with that of the biblical prophet Jonah / Yona. The art touches on issues of identity, immigration, and heritage through a […]

Art Review in NY Jewish Week

The NY Jewish Week featured an art review of the exhibition at Governors Island, a collaboration between artist Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer. Layering History And Spontaneous Expression by Joel Silverstein, September 12, 2016 History can be a dusty and deadly affair. The secret to making art about history is to be both loyal […]

ARt, ARchitecture & AR: Augmented Reality & Jewish Art

Art exhibition by Cynthia Beth Rubin & Yona Verwer. Art Kibbutz, Nolan Park, Building 6B, Governors Island, NY.  September Sundays:  Sept. 4,11,18, 2016, 11-6.  Weekdays by appointment only. ARTISTS RECEPTION September 11, 11-6 Plan your visit. Ferry schedule (10 min. ride) here. ABOUT THE ART Artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer, as interpreters of history, weave together […]

Meditations on Place

The Koslowe Gallery presents Meditations on Place, an art exhibition with works by Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer. Their collaborative series History, Heritage and the Lower East Side weaves together the stories of the past and the present in layers of paint, photographs, video, recordings, and music. Working with Jewish architecture from throughout the world, Rubin and […]

Brit Atid

Today I attended a memorable B-Mitzvah celebration. The Jewish Journey Project featured eight 12 and 13 year old participants in their Covenant for the Future event at the JCC Manhattan. How did these students express their Torah portion? They made stop-motion videos about it. Or they played on musical instruments with music related to their parsha. […]

Jewish Lifecycle Class

Spring 2016 I taught a class “Marking What Matters: the Jewish Lifecycle”. This was part of the Jewish Journey Project on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Fifth and sixth graders learned about Brit Milah, Baby Naming, Bar / Bat Mitzvah, Wedding and Death. They created art and books based on these topics. We have had very lively discussions and […]

Multimedia Jewish Calendar Class

The Jewish calendar is the backbone of the Jewish year. Primarily based on the lunar cycle, the Hebrew months take on a life of their own based on the seasons and holidays that characterize each one. The 2016 Spring semester at the Jewish Journey Project I taught 3rd and 4th graders.  Using paint, collage and […]

Mentoring COJECO Blueprint Fellowship Artists

The Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations hired me to mentor one of their artists with her Chavruta Bots project. COJECO is the central coordinating body of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York. The BluePrint Fellowship brings together a select group of Russian-speaking Jewish artists, intellectuals, and innovators to explore the link between personal identity and creativity. […]

Mishkan Museum Exhibit

The Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod, Israel, presents New York / New Work: Contemporary Jewish Art from NYC Opening Reception Friday November 13, 11:30 AM Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer are exhibiting their collaborative art work History, Heritage & the Lower East Side #2.  More info on the exhibit and the History, Heritage, and […]

Metalworks – Creating Ritual Objects

During the Fall semester of this year I taught 3rd-6th graders at the Jewish Journey Project in Manhattan a metalworks class. With soft beautiful colored metals the students created objects such as a Shabbat placemat, (and those who finished early also got to make matching coasters), a mezuzah case, Sukkah decorations, a pop-up Chanukah card, and […]