Klezkanada 2018 is coming up! Emily and Tine Kindermann are planning an exciting Visual Arts program on collage and activism.  Join us August 22-26, 2018. KlezKanada is proud to present the theme for this summer’s Laurentian Retreat: UPRISING // RISING UP! Drawing upon the richness of Jewish history, the power of Jewish memory, and vitality of Jewish culture today, this is a program you do not want to miss. Check back here for updates!




Emily will serve as project scholar and folklorist for:

Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Philadelphia Folklore Project’s Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer will feature a concert of new compositions, written and performed by three generations of women who bring contemporary meaning to klezmer, a traditional, Eastern European, Jewish folk music form. Led by Susan Lankin-Watts, a 2015 Pew Fellow, the project will bring together violinists Cookie Segelstein, Deborah Strauss, and Alicia Svigals; pianist Marilyn Lerner; clarinetists Zoe Christiansen and Ilene Stahl; trombonist Rachel Lemisch; accordionist Lauren Brody; flute player Adrianne Greenbaum; bassist Joanna Sternberg; and percussionist Lorie Wolf. Each artist’s work brings a distinct approach to innovating within the recognizable framework of the centuries-old genre—connecting folk elements of Baroque music to klezmer, integrating Northern Bulgarian music, or using texts that reflect on female experience. While in Philadelphia, the artists will perform a concert, teach two master classes, and participate in a panel discussion on how emergent klezmer is being shaped. For the concert, Lankin-Watts will collaborate with visual artist and writer Emily Socolov and theater artist Jenny Romaine who will create an opening “puppetry spectacle” drawn from klezmer roots.  Event will take place in Philadelphia in October 2018. Read more about the project here. Read more about the important work of the Philadelphia Folklore project here.


Past Events


Inspiring Women: A Collective Art Exhibition in Celebration of International Women’s Day, presented at La Peña and curated by Liliana Wilson.

The exhibit, in celebration of International Women’s Day, and was a collective exhibition by women artists, held at La Peña art gallery.
The Inspiring Women exhibit was open from March 10th to April 10, 2018. Opening Reception, Saturday, March 10, 2018. From 6 to 8 P.M.
Read more about La Peña here.

Emily had a piece, entitled Ice Playset in La Peña’s exhibition,


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Toma Mi Corazón XXVI – La Peña Annual Fundraiser

La Peña Presents Toma Mi Corazón, 26th Annual Fundraiser, Saturday, February 10, 2018

La Peña invites everyone to “Take My Heart” once again.
For the twenty-sixth year, wooden hearts decorated, by artists, children, dignitaries, celebrities & anybody interested in participating will be sold in a silent auction. Proceeds of the sales go towards supporting La Pena’s arts and education programs building upon their 26 years of continuous contributions to the Austin arts community. Read more about La Peña here.

Emily participated with Love Light 2, an electrifies heart with push button lights and a doorbell that sang “La Cucaracha“.


In 2003, Emily originated the Visual Arts Program at the KlezKanada’s Laurentian Retreat in Lantier, Quebec, Canada.  She has directed and taught the program for thirteen years. To see this history of the Visual Arts Program at KlezKanada, click here.

KlezKanada 2017 – Hold the Presses: A Renaissance of Jewish Printing

Come make cards, artworks or print your poems and manifestos as we celebrate perhaps the single greatest innovation of Europe’s Renaissance – the invention of the printing press. This revolutionary technology had a wide-ranging impact on the “people of the book” having the power to both democratize and standardize the printed word and image. Please join the Visual Arts program for this experimental (and nontoxic) journey through a range of printing techniques, including stamping, block and screen printing and letterpress.. All skill levels are welcome.  Emily Socolov and Tine Kindermann with Jespa Jacob Kleinfeld, Ava Berkson and Daniel Toretsky.

Image: Gershon Soncino, Meshal ha-qadmoni, wood engraving : “Teaching the Lion, ” 16th C. In this allegorical illustration, lowly but literate animals (the Jews) are teaching the ruling but illiterate lion (the king).



KlezKanada 2016 – A Banner Year!

No family crest – no problem! No personal logo? Get busy! We’ll provide the base on which to design a personal, clan, artistic guild or community, banner.  These can be painted, embroidered, sewn, and embellished with a variety of materials.  Then, at the conclusion of the week, we will carry them in procession. Want to create an ode to your creative work? A blessing for those you love? Do you love Ottoman red and gold? How about a shop sign for our invented ghetto or shtetl? Simkhas torah is around the corner.  Occupy!

Retreat Dates: Monday August 22 to Sunday August 28, 2016


Montage of Tinsel Art

KlezKanada 2015 – Tinsel Painting

Tinsel Painting was a popular art form in the late 19th Century, a reverse glass painting technique where the negative space is blacked out and a glittering background radiates through the clear, tinted spaces. This was an inexpensive means of creating signs, setting off cherished documents (like photos, mizrachs or ketubahs) or producing decorative wall art and jewelry. We will experiment with transferring images onto glass or sturdy plastic sheets and creating unique framed objects. We’ll also make smaller, wearable items from glass gems. Feel free to bring materials to collage.





Lone Start
Open Studio/Closing Studio-Estudio Abierto/Clausura Estudio
An Installation entitled: The Yellow Rose of Texas

Queensboro Art Studio

4009 21st Street, 6th floor
Long Island City, New York 11101
Sunday, February 16 – 1-4pm
F – 21st Street/Queensbridge



Please join the Music & Art class of ’69 at the Opening Reception of Artists Evolved, an exhibition of their work at the
Studio 34 Gallery
34-01 38th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Opening Reception, Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 1-6 PM
Show will be up from November 7th through the 27th.
Gallery Hours are 12-5pm, Monday – Friday and by appointment.
Subway: M and R to 36th Street, N or Q to 39th Street

Photostream on Flickr
Event Poster Image: Marla Lipkin



Emily Socolov’s work will be included in:
Prince Street Gallery: Small Works Invitational
Exhibit Dates: Tuesday, July 9 to Saturday, July 27, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, July 11, 5-8 PM

530 West 25th Street 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel:  646 230-0246

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM




KlezKanada 2013: To kroynt di kep mit blumen-krantsn / To Crown Our Heads With Flowery Wreathes*

Flowers have long provided inspiration for creative expression.  This summer we will be inspired by flowers!  We will focus on making flowers from recycled materials, corresponding to the transformational and magical properties often attributed to flowers in folk songs and stories. Students can create objects and adornments from beads, paper, clay, fabric and other media.  The more adventurous are invited to make works based on complex Jewish flower themes. A discussion of flower names in Yiddish will enhance our program. This week of workshops will complement the extensive curriculum of music, dance, poetry and lectures.  Questions:

Retreat Dates: Monday August 19 to Sunday August 25, 2013
Retreat Location: Camp B’nai Brith, Lantier, Quebec
Registration Information

*The course title is derived from the lyrics of the Yiddish song: Arum dem fayer / Around the Fire