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Jewish sculptors featured at Pingree’s Flying Horse exhibit

“Abstract II” by Mitchel Lunin

AUGUST 24, 2017 – The work of several accomplished Jewish artists will be among the 55 pieces on display at the eighth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on the campus of Pingree School in South Hamilton from September 3 to November 5.

A new exhibitor in the show, Allen Spivack of Jamaica Plain, now devotes all his time to making sculpture after working for 45 years in roles as varied as fund-raiser, stay-at-home father, home renovation contractor, and clinical social worker. Primarily self-trained, he has studied at Mass Art and Stonybrook Fine Arts and been mentored by Vermont sculptor David Stromeyer. His work reflects a range of themes and styles: social justice issues, personal events, functional pieces, or bizarre flights of imagination.He has displayed his work at UForge Gallery, Salem State University, and Jamaica Plain Open Studios.

For the Flying Horse show, Spivack will display “13 Qualities: The Musar Series 2016,” which evolved from his study of Musar (moral conduct or discipline in Hebrew), a developmental process for building and strengthening moral character. Rooted in a 1,000 years of Jewish thought, it involves focusing on a personal quality, such as patience, humility, or joy, for a week or two, and considering how behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs optimize or create problems in one’s day-to-day life.

Steve Heller, of Boiceville, N.Y., is another newcomer to the Flying Horse show and another self-taught artist. Fluent in wood, metal, and car parts, he has been building furniture, sculptures, and cars for over 45 years. Heller was the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Dinosaurs and Rocketships,” was a part of the Ed “Big Daddy” Roth retrospective at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, and won the People’s Choice and Wow Awards at the Norman Rockwell Museum robot show.

“13 Qualities: The Musar Series 2016” by Allen Spivak

Collectors of Heller’s woodwork include Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Steve Buscemi, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Colin Farrell. His sculpture has been exhibited worldwide, and his“Stargate” is part of the permanent collection at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. His cars have won awards at the Grand National Roadster Show and he was the winner of the New York Times Collectible Car of the Year award in 2009. In addition, he has been highlighted in magazines as diverse as Architectural Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, and Hot Rod. He shows at his gallery, Fabulous Furniture.

David X. Klein (1908-1990) was born and raised in the Midwest, graduating from the University of Chicago Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. While pursuing his career in science, working for such companies as DuPont and Tenneco, he spent his free time engaged in art. Sculpture was his favorite medium, though he also painted and was an accomplished photographer. Mr. Klein’s two sculptures in this year’s exhibits were created in clay. His daughter, Judith Klein, curator of the exhibit, recently had the pieces cast in bronze for his three grandsons.

Returning Jewish artists include Mitchel Lunin of Newton, Janice Corkin Rudolf of Sudbury, and Yetti Frenkel of Peabody.
One of the largest displays of outside art in New England, and the only show of its kind in the country on a school campus, the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours. A full-color brochure is available as well as a free app guide for smartphones. The public is invited to a reception with the artists at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, in the school’s library.

Pingree School is located at 537 Highland St., South Hamilton. Call 978-468-4415 or visit pingree.org/sculpture-show.

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