The New York branch of Jews for Jesus is, among other things, "teaming" with creative people. Not all creative people are artists, but we’ve got those too—and a core group of them contacted other Messianic Jewish artists to form a collective called ArtShare.
ArtShare held their first curated event at a local church in New York City’s Greenwich Village from Thursday, May 8 to Saturday, May 10. They sent out invitations but also had a welcoming sign and an open door that drew many in from off the street . . . especially on Friday night with the addition of Sabbath candles, blessings and beautiful challahs (traditional braided loaves of bread).
Six local artists displayed their work: photographers, painters, a graphic illustrator, and a fiber artist. We estimate between 150-200 people stopped by to see the show, including 25 Jewish people who do not yet believe in Jesus. Each artist had a plaque next to his or her exhibit, presenting a brief bio and including the fact that they are Jews who believe in Jesus. At one point, a group of three Persian Jewish women came to view the art and had quite a lively discussion about the idea of Jews believing in Jesus. One signed our guest book before leaving, giving her address and expressing her willingness to read the New Testament in Farsi.
|Sharing art can provide a great opportunity to share our faith.|
|Jews for Jesus missionary Melissa Moskowitz, one of the “instigators” of ArtShare, exhibited some of her photographs.|