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A group exhibition Tina Spiro, Janet Slom, Paul Stoppi, Fernando Calzadilla, Yasmin Spiro, Prof. Hans Evers and selected sculpture students of DASH. Curated by Arthur Dunkelman and Tina Spiro.

“Darkness, no matter how ominous and intimidating, is not a thing or force: it is merely the absence of light. So light need not combat and overpower darkness in order to displace it — where light is, darkness is not. A thimbleful of light will therefore banish a roomful of darkness.”

– Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, inspired by teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Maor presents ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT, a multi-media exhibition exploring five artists’ interpretation of different qualities of light through site-specific installations and paintings both inside and outside Maor Gallery.

Each artist has explored different qualities and manifestations of light. Using diverse media, they interpret a flickering light of memory, an inner glow of meditation, light as it is refracted in the sky, and the velocity of light through an illuminated streetscape.

Tina Spiro’s oil paintings depict great human endeavors and folly within the context of climate change and the spectacular cosmic beauty of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, superimposed on vast landscapes. Janet Slom’s heroic abstract paintings embody light from within and Paul Stoppi’s illuminated cloud challenges concepts of positive and negative space. Fernando Calzadilla presents an outdoor “sky panel” installation. Yasmin Spiro has created a site-specific interpretation of her acclaimed video installation, “Tracks.”

The streetscape “dance of light” is being created by selected sculpture students of DASH, Professor Hans Evers will oversee the development and construction of their outdoor project which will delight drivers and visitors throughout Art Basel.

This luminescent show will run through the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, known as the Festival of Lights. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the defeat of the Greek army in 166 BCE. The ritual oil used to light a seven branched candelabra – or menorah – was damaged, leaving only enough for a single day. Miraculously, it burned for eight days and that ancient miracle is still celebrated today.

Arthur Dunkelman, of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, has previously curated exhibitions including “The Enchantress: Emma, Lady Hamilton” at the Grolier Club in New York [2011] and “Exploring the Early Americas,” an ongoing exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Co-curator Tina Spiro founded the Miami-based Miart Foundation to foster local art development, with a new initiative to link Miami to its artistic Caribbean neighbors.

ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT Art Basel Week Events:

Tuesday 11/29, 7pm — 9pm: ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT Opening Reception

Friday 12/02, 5pm – 7pm: A TASTE OF SHABBAT

Saturday 12/03, 6:30pm – 10pm: ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT Gallery Walk

Wednesday12/21, 7pm – 9pm: Maor’s Chanukah Celebration (clickable)

Extended Gallery Hours during Art Basel Week 2011

Wednesday 11/30 & Thursday 12/1: 10am – 9pm

Friday 12/2: 10am – 7pm

Saturday 12/02: 6:30pm – 10pm

Sunday 12/4: 12pm – 4pm


AT MAOR GALLERY (3030 NE 2nd Ave)



Avinu Malkeinu: Opening the Gates of Heaven opens Saturday, September 10 at 8:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Services: September 28-October 8, 2011

(MIAMI – September 9, 20011) Combining modern art with ancient texts, Maor Gallery (3030 NE 2nd Avenue) has produced a multi-sensory experience illuminating a two-thousand-year-old prayer, still sung by Jews throughout the world on the holiest days of the Jewish calendar. Harnessing the energy of the vibrant arts communities surrounding Maor’s 2nd Avenue location near Midtown Miami, Wynwood and the Design District, Maor will be hosting free High Holiday services, a traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner and other events surrounded by the art in a sleek gallery setting. The services, conducted by Chabad Midtown Miami, are designed to make Jews of all backgrounds feel welcome and inspired.


Sat. 9/10: AVINU MALKEINU OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Wed. 9/28-Sat. 10/8: FREE HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES (RSVP required), Children’s programming available with advance notice. Please see complete schedule at

No Jewish organization in Miami fuses contemplative prayer and artistic expression like Maor Miami. Avinu Malkeinu: Opening the Gates of Heaven is a collaborative exhibit, curated by Arthur Dunkelman, of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation. Mr. Dunkelman’s previous exhibitions include “The Enchantress: Emma, Lady Hamilton” at the Grolier Club in New York [2011] and “Exploring the Early Americas,” an ongoing exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Three artists are featured, Avner Zabari (Miami-based world-famous furniture designer and graphic artist), Janet Slom (South African-born artist whose work has been exhibited at the United Nations and South African Parliament), and Y. Bayles (Miami-based musician, founder of the Yossi Bayles Orchestra).

The multi-sensory installation will feature a mixed media graphic, called “The Tree of Life,” and a live Paradise tree, surrounded by smooth stones that visitors will be able to inscribe with their personal wishes. Selected stanzas of Avinu Malkeinu will wrap around the gallery walls in Hebrew and English letters. During gallery hours (but not during holiday services), a recording of Avinu Malkeinu will play, repeating the same prayer with different melodies, created by distinctive Jewish cultures from across the globe.

Avinu Malkeinu, a prayer recited on the Jewish New Year, started as a short prayer 2,000 years ago during a disastrous drought and famine. Generation after generation added their own lines from their hopes and struggles, evolving into the forty stanza prayer recited today. Mr. Dunkelman, the show’s curator said, “You don’t need to know anything about these traditions to fully experience the installation. It is a meditation on time and memory. From stones, polished by time, inscribed with the wishes of Miami visitors today, to the text of an ancient poetic prayer written over centuries in different places, in different cultures – all with the same intention: to open our spiritual gates.”



October 13-October 19

-          Midtown Miami’s largest Sukkah

-          An outdoor, curated art exhibit in the traditional Sukkah structure

-          Family activities & Dinner @ the Sukkah

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