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Catherine Stern - Sh'ma: Stories in Silk

Presented by Osher Marin JCC at Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael CA

Oct 07 2018
Jan 01 2019
Catherine Stern - Sh'ma: Stories in Silk

A stunning exhibit of silk artworks, inspired by sacred texts, Islamic tilework, and ancient glass.

Center for Jewish Peoplehood

Opening Reception:

October 7, 2:00-4:00 pm

The Osher Marin JCC is pleased to present a new exhibit of hand-dyed silk artworks by the textile artist, Catherine Stern.

These multi-layered artworks revel in the unabashed beauty of the Song of Songs, and the timeless wisdom of traditional Jewish prayers. The series is inspired by ancient glass, Islamic tilework, and the opulent colors and details of Gustav Klimt.

The opening reception will feature artist’s comments and Q & A, live music and light refreshments. The exhibit runs through January 1, 2019.



This new body of textile art was inspired by a lecture on ancient glass of the Holy Land at the De Young Museum some years ago. My goal has been to capture the quality of glass in my medium: silk. I’ve been inspired by words from Jewish prayers, stories, and text, and have paired them with images, many of them with Islamic design elements. The words have led me to research, to read and listen, and finally to dream until the pieces begin to tell me what they want to become. Do the words or images come first? For me, they alternate.

I’m fascinated too, by the Hebrew alphabet, each letter conveys myriad meanings and resonates power, so they too are incorporated in the pieces. I’ve chosen words of love, of compassion, inclusiveness and oneness. They are invitations to explore.



Catherine Stern was born in Upstate New York and grew up in Palo Alto. She majored in art at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in textile art and began experimenting with dyes on silk as a student.

Her work has been exhibited in Marin, and Maine, in the group show of Emerging Jewish Artists at the Osher Marin JCC and in one person shows at the Austin, TX. JCC, the Berkeley Photo Shop, and Red Oak Realty Community Art Gallery.


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Contact: 415.444.8080


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Additional time info:

Opening Reception:  October 7, 2:00-4:00 pm

JCC Hours:
Mon-Thu:  6:00 am – 9:30 pm
Friday:  6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat-Sun:  7:00 am – 6:00 pm


Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903


From Highway 101 in San Rafael, take the North San Pedro exit and head east. The Osher Marin JCC, at 200 N. San Pedro Road, is on the right-hand side, half a mile from the freeway exit.

Free Parking

* The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center’s parking lot is located directly in front of the building with parking spaces for disabled patrons available.

* Additional parking is available at the JCC Annex lot, located at 210 N. San Pedro Road (just east of the main campus). In the event of multiple programs, or heavily attended events, overflow vehicles may be directed to available street parking or on adjacent properties.

* Evenings and weekends only: There is additional parking across the street at Venetia Valley School.



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