Emily will serve as project scholar and folklorist for Women of New Klezmer, funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Here is an excerpt from the grant description:
Philadelphia Folklore Project’s Women of New 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 Elaine Hoffman Watts, a 2000 Pew Fellow. 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. Read more about the project here.
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
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.
Queensboro Art Studio
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
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM
**GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY JULY 16**
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: email@example.com
*The course title is derived from the lyrics of the Yiddish song: Arum dem fayer / Around the Fire