JUST A WEEK before Purim, artist Murray Bloom will present his “Paintings on the Book of Esther” on Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell.
Bloom, a resident of Millburn and a member of the synagogue, will offer guidance on what to look for and how best to appreciate the artwork, while teaching stories and midrashim about the Megillah that are referenced in the paintings.
Bloom lived for years in Israel, where he became a graphic designer and illustrator for several important firms, including The Jerusalem Post, Keter Publishing House, and Israel Aerospace Industries. He also taught at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and the Avni Institute of Art and Design.
Bloom created his series of 17 paintings on the Book of Esther at the invitation of Yeshiva University, where the works were first exhibited in 1981. That same year, his painting of Esther appeared on the cover of Hadassah Magazine.
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