Art is not what you see, but what you help others see. * The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
In the heart of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a unique celebration of Jewish art and culture unfolds each year. The Jewish Street Art Fair, hosted by The Leviim Jewish Art Gallery Of Brooklyn, is more than just an exhibition; it's a testament to the enduring spirit and creativity of the Jewish people.
The article "Coming of Geulah Painting Wins 5th Annual Jewish Street Art Fair" on COLlive highlights one of the most captivating aspects of this year's fair - the Geulah Art Competition. This platform allows Jewish artists to express their vision of the coming of Moshiach. The winner was Sarah Chyrek, a 21-year-old resident of Crown Heights, whose painting "Coming of Geulah" captivated the audience with its vibrant colors and intricate details.
Chyrek's painting is a visual symphony that weaves together four elements symbolizing the arrival of Geulah: the shofar, the eagle, the city of Yerushalayim, and the lion and sheep. Each element is rendered with such precision and depth that they seem to leap off the canvas, drawing viewers into a world where the spiritual and physical realms intertwine.
The Torah tells us in Exodus 35:35, "He has filled them with wisdom of heart to do all manner of workmanship" (Rashi's commentary). This verse resonates deeply with Chyrek's work. Her art is not just an expression of her talent but also a reflection of her faith and her deep connection to her Jewish roots.
Chyrek's journey as an artist is as inspiring as her artwork. A Shlichus-bound artist who draws inspiration from Yiddishkait and daily life, she has illustrated three children's books and worked with various organizations. Her work serves as a reminder that art can be a powerful tool for expressing our deepest beliefs and aspirations.
As we stand on the brink of Moshiach's arrival, Chyrek's painting serves as a beacon of hope. It reminds us that even in times of uncertainty and change, we can find solace in our faith and in the enduring power of art to inspire and uplift.
In conclusion, whether it's through a street art fair or an art competition, it's clear that art plays a vital role in our community. It allows us to express our faith, share our culture, and envision a brighter future. As we look forward to the coming of Moshiach, let us continue to celebrate and support Jewish artists like Sarah Chyrek who use their talents to illuminate our path towards Geulah.