Recently, Shearith Israel members Neal and Cherie Small bought Helen Zarin’s painting Moses with Tablet from an exhibit at The Museum of Biblical Art and generously donated it to the shul. The mixed media painting is now on view outside of the Staff offices on the east side of the building. We encourage all to view this new addition to the Shearith art collection.
The artist, Helen Zarin was born in Shirae, Iran in 1970 and now lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.
As a high school student, Zarin studied with the well-known Persian artist and teacher, Saber. Later she enrolled in the Art and Culture Society, a national organization for gifted Persian Artists. As a student of Art and Culture, she refined her skills in the various mediums, especially pastels and oils.
Conditions in her native country eventually compelled Helen to turn elsewhere for creative nourishment. "Hard work and talent are not enough for an artist to progress and blossom, creative freedom in the right atmosphere is essential," she remarked. In the pursuit of these artistic prerequisites, she journeyed first to Europe where she displayed her works in Vienna before coming to the United States in 1993. She has continued her education first in New York and currently in Baltimore, Maryland where she resides.
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