Seven Species, Three Generations
An interdisciplinary, intergenerational family of artists
Exhibition: July 28-September 15, 2022
Seven artists in the Schön family offer a feminist interpretation of the seven species: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.
Seven Species, Three Generations: Workshop and Gallery Tour/In-Person
Schön family of artists, Nancy Schön, Mia Schon, Jackie Schon, Susan Schön and Charlie Dov Schön Guterman, will give you a private tour of the exhibition where they will share the stories of their intergenerational family of artists and the beautiful artwork they created. Nancy Schön will discuss her passion and purpose, and how she engages the world with public art.
Create artwork in hands-on workshops in paper mosaics made from magazines with Mia Schon and weaving techniques with Charlie Dov Schön Guterman.
Seven Species, Three Generations: Adele Fleet Bacow in Conversation with the Seven Schön Family Artists/Online
Adele Fleet Bacow, recently retired as President of Community Partners Consultants, will moderate the discussion and share her expertise on the importance of public art. Bacow has extensive experience in urban planning, cultural economic development, and the arts, consulting for a wide variety of clients nationally, including public agencies, community development corporations, cultural organizations, and foundations.
Free and open to the public.
More About the Seven Species
The seven species are mentioned specifically in Deuteronomy 8:8, but also in other sections of the supplementary readings, the Talmud and the Sandedrin. The species, wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates remain major crops in Israel. In ancient times, their first fruits were the only crops brought to the temple in Jerusalem on Shavuot. Today, we eat them on Tu Bishvat, Sukkot, and Shavuot. Rabbi Isaac Luria, a Kabbalist, attributes spiritual energies to each fruit corresponding to the seven lower sefirot (spiritual emanations) that we count during each week of the Omer. These are kindness (wheat), restraint (barley), beauty (grapes), endurance (figs), glory (pomegranate), foundation (olive), and kingdom (dates).