The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community presents "Together We Create Beauty." Through a combination of stories and visual images, Judaic artist Nancy Katz and Master Craftsman Mark Liebowitz will share glimpses into their lives and process of an art making duo.
After successful independent careers, the two joined forces just over a decade ago, to create contemporary stained glass installations. Be dazzled by the journey of the two who have been making stained glass windows professionally for over 40 years.
Liebowitz, a traditionally trained master craftsman, and Katz, a creative artist, met at a national conference in Houston in 2005, where they were both exhibiting their work. They married in 2009. Their first major collaboration was a 75-foot wall of stained glass for Temple Emanuel of Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake, NJ in 2007.
Liebowitz graduated from Rutgers University in 1973 with a degree in art history. He has been making stained-glass windows since 1975 and founded Wilmark Studios in 1979. Katz, raised in Worcester, MA, earned a degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University in 1979 and moved to northern California in 1980. She became an artist with quilt-making as her primary medium. While living in San Francisco in the late 1980s, she was part of the founding crew of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Katz returned to New England in 2005. Her artwork is included as part of the permanent collections of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Oakland Museum, and the Judah L. Magnes Museum of Berkeley. She was published in the education issue of the magazine Faith & Form in 2011 and is profiled in the book Judaic Artisans Today. Katz’s work can be found in personal collections throughout the US around the world.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.