Exhibition : Jewish Life in Brooklyn
Kings Highway Library, Art Gallery, Lower Level (branch info)
Jewish Life in Brooklyn
Paintings by Esther Zibell
Inspired by life and events in the Jewish community of Brooklyn, the paintings in this exhibition reflect the diversity of the borough. Esther Zibell has painted scenes of daily life as well as scenes of events, the ceremonies and traditions that break up our day-to-day routines. The scenes of Jewish traditions performed in Brooklyn -- although they have been performed for thousands of years and in thousands of places -- blend with scenes of daily life which are specific to our beloved borough and enjoyed by the entire diversity including those in Brooklyn's Jewish community. Whether portraying Kaparot or a walk through Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Zibell blends expressionism and imagination, re-interpreting the world around her and capturing the "soul" of the moment. These paintings hang side by side much like events of both great and small importance happen side by side in life. It is the artist's hope that her paintings "...could give the general public a better and more meaningful perspective in how they view my community, through the colorful look of an insider."
Esther Pam Zibell is a mostly self-taught artist using oil on canvas to create her paintings. She was born in France and was always drawing and painting even as a very young child. Zibell has lived and exhibited her work internationally in Paris and the Cote D'Azur in France; Montreal, Canada; and Safed, Israel before settling in the Crown Heights district of Brooklyn, New York where she now resides. Zibell currently attends the Art Students League of New York. Her paintings have also been featured in Match and Marry, a 2007 movie by Suzannah Warlick and in Coming Home a book by Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman.