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Mayyim Hayyim Art Gallery is seeking submissions
Are you an artist? Do you know an artist?
Our July - December Exhibit will feature Vessels.
vessel /ˈvesəl / noun
A hollow container, esp. one used to hold liquid, such as a bowl, cup or mikveh.
Fine artists in all media are invited to submit proposals for a show to explore the variety, beauty and meaning of vessels. To submit your work for the Vessels show please complete this Vessel Submission Form by March 5, 2014 and send it to the Gallery Coordinator.
For more information about the Mayyim Hayyim Gallery, click here.
A Long Journey into the Mikveh - by Alice Levine
I’ve always been drawn to water, especially fresh and moving water. Swimming in a fresh, clean lake with no motor boats allowed and no cars in sight or hearing range is my idea of heaven. Hiking is not my exercise of choice, unless it’s to a mountain lake or waterfall. I’m not generally a meditator, but I could sit for hours watching rivers wending their way and crashing against rock. When I’m near a river, I will scramble over rocks to be able to put my foot or hand into freezing cold water as it rushes over rock. There is something about feeling the water’s power against my body that I find both calming and thrilling.
The last time I had an important transition to mark—before my first-ever trip to Latin America—I brought a small group of friends to the ocean and we sang and chanted and talked. But that was in late May or June so sitting together on rocks overlooking the ocean seemed reasonable.
Unfortunately, I was born in early January and I live in the Northeast. So, when I was about to turn 60 and wanted to be near water, sitting near a river or lake or ocean hardly seemed doable. I arranged for friends to gather on my post birthday weekend in an indoor spot right near the ocean. But on the day of my birthday itself, when I planned to work, I wanted to do something meaningful alone to start my day.
I had been to Mayyim Hayyim several times and had very much liked both the physical space and the feeling of the place. In particular I had loved a movement workshop I took part in as part of a Spiritual Preparation for the High Holidays event a few years ago. Yet the idea of going to a mikveh to immerse—even one as welcoming and apparently progressive as Mayyim Hayyim—seemed far less than “my cup of tea."... read more
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