“In the Beginning”: Art Exhibit Featuring Works by Mel Brown

September 10, 2023 Newton Free
“B’reishis 37” by Mel Brown (Courtesy photo)

Please join us for the opening event celebrating the launch of Hebrew College’s first art exhibit of the new academic year: “In the Beginning,” featuring works in acrylic and ink on canvas by Boston artist Mel Brown.

The evening will include a talk by Brown, comments by Hebrew College faculty member and friend of the artist Rabbi Nehemia Polen, and music by Joe Segel.

The exhibit runs from Sept. 10 to Dec. 14, 2023, and is organized by the Hebrew College Arts Initiative. Mel’s original artwork and limited edition prints are available for purchase.  Half of the proceeds will go to Hebrew College.

About the artist:

Mel Brown is a self-taught painter, entrepreneur, and an occasional mystic descended from a family of Eastern European rabbis that originally came from Spain. He grew up in a working-class steel town in Northwest Indiana. In his early years, he worked as a railroad switchman as well as a boiler cleaner at U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana. He also studied abstract experimental photography at Indiana University under the tutelage of Henry Holmes Smith, one of the most influential fine art photography teachers of the mid-20th century.

For many years he has also been a dedicated student and teacher of Jewish mystical texts. In addition to leading intimate study groups in a line-by-line parsing of the Torah, he also co-leads a post-denominational Jewish spiritual community in the Boston area. Through his many life experiences and journeys, Mel has become a keen observer of many different cultures and religions. He has been able weave threads from different traditions, be it abstract art, Native American ways, and especially Judaism. Through meditation and study, he visually suggests hints of the ever-changing mystery of creation. In its beauty, his art inspires the viewer to wonder.

Mel is engaged in creating non-representational art that is unique and evocative, drawing on his own wide ranging experiences, his sense of mystery, and his ongoing engagement with ancient Jewish texts. His work often visually hints at the ongoing and ever changing mystery of creation. In its beauty, his art inspires the viewer to wonder.

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Sunday, September 10, 2023, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hebrew College
1860 Washington St
Newton, MA 02466
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