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Exhibits
  • Texas Jewish Arts Association Juried Show

    Two of my paintings were chosen to be exhibited in the first Texas Jewish Arts Association Juried Show. They can be seen until November 16 at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas at 7900 Northaven Road.

    This painting "Press Play" has a red dot! Sold the first hour.

    This painting of mine, Hallelujah, was also shown.

    Below is me and Veronique Jonas next to her beautiful sculpture.

  • Art In The Garage

    Art In The Garage

    I recently sold two paintings to a client to be hung in what they call The Garage. In fact, it is unlike any garage you have ever seen. It houses a fabulous car collection, is designed with the latest modern amenities, and is full of modern abstract art.

    My painting "Beach Memories" is part of the collection.

  • MODARTISTS Gallery Opening

    MODARTISTS Gallery Opening

    Modartists Gallery had its grand opening last Saturday night, September 20. I was proud to have four paintings showcased in the exhibit. 

    The diptich shown in the photo above is titled Hallelujah.

    Take time to stop by to see the show. It will be up through October.

    The gallery is located at 2514 Converse Street, near the design district in Dallas.

  • Dallas Arts Fair

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    The Dallas Art Fair at the FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery) in downtown Dallas has
    become an annual event. It runs three days and is open to the public (at $25 for a daily
    admission ticket). There are also various patron packages for several hundred dollars,
    which entitle patrons to attend various events and panel discussions.

     

    I spent about an hour there this morning and was able to visit almost all of the galleries
    which had exhibits in that time.

     

    On the bright side, you can see dozens of galleries in a short amount of time, without
    have to travel about town or further afield. In addition to about a dozen Dallas galleries,
    there were many galleries represented from many U.S. cities and around the world. It
    was impressive to see galleries from Paris, Tokyo, London, Mexico, Italy and Korea.
    New York had the greatest number of galleries from any city.

     

    So it really is a chance to see what is happening in the art world internationally.

     

    Personally, I felt much of what was on display was redundant, without soul or creative
    imagination. Yes, there were many individual works that I liked, or even loved. But
    overall, much of the art seemed tired. As one friend quipped “It looks like they all went
    to the same art school”. I will say it is easy to get visual overload with so much art in
    one place, so that may have been part of my problem. But I saw little that I could say
    was break out art. Most was within the bounds of art “fashion” of today.

     

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    This same weekend I participated in a POP UP show at the Trinity Grove Art Fair. Trinity
    Grove is a newly developed warehouse district just on the west side of the beautiful
    Calatrva Bridge in Dallas.

     

    Sixteen local Dallas artists represented by Haley Henman Gallery were exhibited.

     

    The show was eclectic and fresh, with many different styles and points of view
    represented. In addition to my own contemporary abstract art, there were watercolors,
    sculpture, digital photography, representational oils and others.

     

    This type of local art show was a great contrast to the international one downtown.

  • The True Artist

    The Dallas Jewish Historical Society held an event on May 22, 2013 to highlight and present 18 local Jewish Artists. I was happy to participate, by exhibiting several of my works, and to meet the other artists.

     

    The evening began with an interesting talk by Nancy Cohen Israel. Nancy is well known is Dallas as an art historian, art educator and writer.

     

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    Rather than discuss “Jewish Art”, which she felt was a different subject, she talked about the history of Jewish artists. Starting from earliest Biblical times, she explained due to both Biblical law (thou shalt have no graven images before me) and their nomadic history, Jews created mostly crafts rather large works. She made a grand sweep through history and landed in the 20th century, where she focused on 3 modern Jewish artists, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Judy Chicago.

     

    One of her main themes was that these artists and others were concerned with how art can make the world a better place. With the help of slides, she illustrated her points forcefully. The photos of the Rothko chapelʼs spiritual environment was an excellent example.

     

    As the viewer experiences the art work, hopefully they can experience a sense of the spirituality of the work and its universal message.

     

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    After the talk, the audience spent the rest of the evening viewing the art. I showed 12 acrylic works on paper. People seemed to respond positively to the explosion of color in my abstractions. I found this interesting, in view of the speakerʼs remarks about the importance of the viewers experience. There did seem to be a universal reaction to the strong colors and compositions.

     

    I enjoyed seeing the other artistʼs work, as well. Morton Rachofsky presented a very interesting geometric sculpture, a style for which he is well known.

     

    George Tobolowsky showed two large metal menorahs, made from found objects, which were impressive.

     

    Robin Sachs had a wonderful collection of her photographs, which showed her rare abilities and talents.

     

    The program highlighted the quote “The true artist helps the world by revealing the mystic truth”.

     

    Perhaps the crowd got a glimpse last evening of some true artists.

     

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  • Esther Ritz Exhibits at Covens Contemporary Gallery

     

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    Murray Covens Contemporary is presenting Esther Ritz's art in a solo exhibition, "Seriously Playful", with the  opening reception from 7 to 10 pm, Feb. 8, 2014.

    The exhibition will feature a selection of her abstract expressionist paintings. This body of work exemplifies the strength and breadth of her art in which bold color, line and collage all play a part. The freedom of imagination, the flow of the paint, the power of the unconscious all come together in a process that can astonish and surprise.

    The show will run from Feb. 3, 2014 through March 14, 2014.

    Murray Covens Contemporary is conveniently located in the Dallas Design district at 154 Glass Street, Dallas, Tx. 75207.

    For information Katie Covens, gallery director, can be contacted at 469 726 2423, or Esther Ritz at contact@estherritz.com.

    You and your friends are cordially invited to this art show. Hope to see you there!

     

  • Fort Worth Community Art Center

    
    
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    Recently, I was privileged to be part  of the first exhibition of the Texas Jewish Art Association. This is a newly formed group and this exhibition showed the range, depth and quality by this group of artists. The Fort Worth Community Art Center is in the heart of the cultural district in Ft. Worth, situated among its famous museums, including the Amon Carter, the Kimball and Modern Museums. I exhibited the above 2 paintings in the show. It was an honor to participate and recommend a visit to Ft. Worth to see this exciting show.