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Art for a Cause

Art for a Cause


Original Judaic chip carving will be one feature in a local charity event to benefit Jewish Family Service. The event, hosted by Westport River Gallery of One Riverside Ave, Westport, will be held Friday through Sunday, December 10-12.

There will be a reception open to the public on Saturday evening December 11 from 6-9 P.M. The event will feature original works by both contemporary Connecticut artists and internationally known artists.


“Seven species of Peace and Promise” is a series of eight pieces specifically carved for this charity event by Fairfield artist Harvey Paris. The carvings are based on the Biblical description of the seven species of vegetation found in Israel (Deuteronomy 8:8). The series contains seven plaques, each featuring one of the seven species along with the word for peace. Peace is carved in seven different languages including Hebrew, Arabic Latin and Yiddish. There is also a companion plate entitled “The Promised Land” which features all seven species.



The artist practices chip carving, a traditional form of carving that is done entirely by hand utilizing two different hand held knives. He remains unique in his utilization of this carving technique for Judaic art.


In addition to the Westport River Gallery, the event is being coordinated by Marco Pelletier, former owner of Galerie Je Reviens of Westport Connecticut.
Marco represents many well renowned contemporary French artists and will be displaying pictures of theirs at the event. Gallery hours are Friday from 11-5. Saturday from 11-9 and Sunday from 12-5.           
Other featured Connecticut artists are Howard Aaron of Easton and Fred Rosenthal of Branford.
Fred Rosenthal, a photographer, likens himself to Grandma Moses, since he took up his craft late in life after his retirement.  His repertoire is broad – including abstracts, scenics, landscapes, seascapes and portraiture.  He shoots in both color and black and white. He has had two one-man shows and has been part of many group showings.  In addition, he participates in photo competitions where he has won three best-of-shows and many first-place awards.
Howard Aaron, a painter, also discovered the joy of painting in watercolors at the age of 50. His commissioned portraits and landscapes, both watercolor and graphite, are represented in private, corporate, or institutional collections in 9 states. His most recent recognition was first prize for watercolor by juror/judge Simon Dinnerstein NA at the Art Society of Old Greenwich open juried show.

Howard is a member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Fairfield County Arts Association, the Art Society of Old Greenwich, and is a founding member of the Easton Arts Council.

The art event will benefit Jewish Family Service, a local not for profit social service agency serving the community since 1922. The agency, located at 2370 Park Ave, Bridgeport,  licensed by the State of Connecticut and Accredited by the Council on Accreditation, provides professional services to all member of the community, regardless of their ability to pay for services. Agency services include counseling, care management, adoption, resettlement and information and referral. Services are available for individuals of all ages from children to seniors. For more information on the agency, please visit the web site at or call the agency at 203 366-5438.

For further information please contact Harvey Paris at or at 203