Isaac Bashevis Singer and His Artists


Risa Aqua: Making Light

October 13, 2013– January 12, 2014
Opening Reception
Sunday, October 13, 3-5 p.m.

About Isaac Bashevis Singer and His Artists

Isaac Bashevis Singer, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize for Literature, created a prodigious legacy of novels and stories which depict with great humanity and insight the world of Polish Jews both before and after the Holocaust. Nourished by Jewish sacred texts, Yiddiah folk-tales and pious legends, as well as the work of writers such as Chekhov, Tolstoy and de Maupassant, Singer created indelible characters  – heroic, resourceful, bawdy and tragic – who are often pushed by circumstances to the edge of madness.  Among Singer’s many books more than 32 have been illustrated by artists such as Larry Rivers, Maurice Sendak, Raphael Soyer, and Roman Vishniac. This exhibition includes the work of 17 artists who have  matched Singer’s raucous and poignant writings with marvelously inventive, whimsical and haunting illustrations.

About Risa Aqua: Making Light

Risa Aqua began calligraphing and illuminating Hebrew texts 25 years ago. Her journey as a Jewish artist began during a year-long stay in Israel where she discovered the great beauty, rhythm, and economy of the Hebrew language as well as the profound significance encoded in its gyphs and shapes. Her explorations evolved into “illuminations” and interpretations of prayers and sacred texts – portals through which we discover and renew our connection to the Source of life.

Singer Gallery, MACC
350 S. Dahlia St.
Denver, CO 80246  
(303) 316-6360

Gallery Hours
Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (Closed Saturdays)