After an exciting auction of the first five numbered prints and a successful launch, Magen prints are available for sale at https://congregationemanuel.shulcloud.com/form/Magen%20Art%20Print.html
Rabbi Harry and artist Virgil Sampson of the Tsartlip Nation worked together to create a powerful art print that combines Jewish and Coast Salish cultural aesthetics and iconography to produce “Magen” which in Hebrew means, “Protector,” or "Shield".The piece combines the Ḥamsah (from the Arabic for "five")—a symbol shared by many peoples of the Middle East that serves as a talisman or amulet against the evil eye (bad mojo that comes to us when we invoke the envy of others)—and an Orca, which is a Coast Salish symbol of protection. After Virgil and Rabbi Harry shared intense dialogue and learning, Virgil created this striking and innovative work of art. After consultation with elders and other rabbis, both Virgil and Rabbi Harry feel that this work of collaboration and connection is in the spirit of reconciliation that begins with sharing.
Only 200 limited-edition numbered and signed prints will be sold. The price is $200 per print. The sale of the prints is a fundraiser for Congregation Emanu-El; purchasers will receive a tax receipt for $100 per print purchased.
This unique artwork is 20 x 20 inches (the image is 10 x 14). The print is a serigraph (specialized silk screen) on Arnhem fine art paper that is a premium 100% cotton rag printing paper from Holland.