Cindy Kornet’s art exhibit at Leavitt Family Jewish Home Inspired by the Love of her parents
LONGMEADOW — For Cindy Kornet the past year of uncertainly and isolation due to Covid-19 was a year of immense introspection and creativity. During the Covid lock-down, Kornet committed herself to creating one new piece of art each day and over the year amassed a varied collection of inspirational images.
In April, Kornet installed representational pieces of her art in a new gallery located in the connector building that bridges The Leavitt Family Jewish Home with Sosin Center for Rehabilitation, through Michael’s Café.
The exhibit is entitled, “Repair the World.”
“Tikkun Olam is one of our reasons for being here in this world,” Kornet said. “We have an opportunity to do the mitzvahs or good deeds daily. This has been a difficult time for all. There was much loss and suffering and that cannot be overlooked. Being home more has also offered its own silver linings. Hopefully, we all are able to search within, evaluate, make healthful decisions, and will emerge better versions of ourselves.”
It is fitting that Kornet’s art is the first installation in the new gallery. She, her husband, Lou and their son, Nathaniel, donated the gallery system that has converted the long and brightly lit connector building into a gallery. It is dedicated in memory of her parents, Phyllis (Barr) and Arthur Lutz.
“My mother was, and loved all things, beautiful. My father loved my mother and anything she loved. They both loved our family dearly. It really is that simple. I hope this exhibit will be the first of many in the JGS Gallery, that still has an opportunity to be named. If one really looks, one can see the beauty in everything,” said Kornet.
A local multi-media artist, Kornet explores Jewish values and biblical history, spirituality and inspiration themes, mixing abstract painting, encaustics (painting with wax and carving into it), collage, and uneven perspectives with realism. She describes her art as “spiritual, uplifting and hopeful.”
“Cindy’s work is spiritually elevating, the jewel tones are soothing and create a sense of warmth and calm,” said Susan Kimball Halpern, director of development and communication at JGS Lifecare. “I am excited about this show and having Cindy’s loving and warm energy in our Home for our residents, staff and visitors to enjoy. This installation is also a sign that we are hopefully turning the corner on Covid and planning for a return to social activities. As more people are vaccinated and restrictions on family visitations and social gathering lift, we look forward to scheduling a gallery opening for the community – hopefully this summer.
In the meantime, we look forward to scheduling artist talks with our residents and staff, to explore the symbolism and meaning one can take away from ‘Repair the World.’”
Main Photo: Cindy Kornet in front of some of her works in the “Repair The World” exhibit at JGS Lifecare.