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Stories, memories inspire additional Trigère artwork at Jewish Community of Amherst

  • "Work by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

    "Work by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

  • "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

    "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

  • Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

    Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

  • Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

    Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

  • Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

    Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

  • Detail of work by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

    Detail of work by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

  • "Work by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.
  • "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.
  • Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.
  • Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.
  • Detail of "Women of the Balcony" by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.
  • Detail of work by Jane Trigere at Jewish Community of Amherst.

A variety of Jane Trigère’s other works inspired by Jewish history and culture are also on view at the Jewish Community of Amherst.

For “Encompassing Sukkot” Trigère gathered stories of, and memories about, how people celebrate the festive Jewish harvest holiday, Sukkot. Similar to Thanksgiving, she said, it is based on hospitality and “bringing people in.” For holiday, a structure called a sukkah is built and decorated.

Trigère sent out a request to family, friends, Jewish organizations and synagogues asking for memories to inspire her creation. She received responses from all over the world.

Then she created a 3-D collage-in-a-box with bits and pieces of memorabilia representing different memories. For example, a string of keys refers to the story of Eliezer Plotkin, of Manchester, England, who recalled being a young boy in a family with “precious little with which to decorate our sukkah.” His mother, he told Trigère, handed him old keys with which to make garland.

A martini glass represents the story of Ethel Marcus, of Waterbury, Conn., and her family’s moveable feast in which they traveled from home to home, sharing food with friends. They ended the day with martinis and hors d’oeuvres at a final sukkah.

Other works displayed include “The Quill and Ink Well,” a series of illustrated stories, and “Windows to the Soul,” a shadow box featuring Trigère’s own eyes as the backdrop and a mobile of hanging windows depicting important moments in Trigère’s life.

— Lauren Robison Jones

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