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Monday, October 22, 2012

Art for Good: The Gary Rosenthal Collection

Did you see the Beltway Beat last month?  If you're not around Baltimore, probably not - but if you did, you probably saw a great little article about Gary!  If you missed it, check it out below:

Art for Good: The Gary Rosenthal Collection
By Vanessa Mallory Kotz

Gary Rosenthal’s colorful menorahs, mezuzahs and Kiddush cups can be found on the desks of former presidents, in the homes of famous actors and in the palaces of kings. These carefully wrought copper, brass, steel and brilliant fused glass objects are given as gifts to friends and family and custom made for synagogues and community centers around the world.

A native of the D.C. area, Rosenthal started out as a sculptor and “a bit of a pyromaniac,” which naturally lead to his life’s work as a glass maker. Over time, he developed a successful business founded on the principles of social responsibility and community-building. His work “doesn’t just hang over a sofa,” he says. It’s “holding a prayer.” 

His art-making is inspired by the concept of the Hiddur mithzvah, which means to beautify a good deed or blessing. By creating fine objects to be used in Jewish rituals, Rosenthal and his staff hope to make holidays, getting married and moving into a new home even more special.

Rosenthal has been a force in the Washington area community since the 1970s, participating in community projects that have raised funds for breast cancer and autism awareness and other charities. His internship program has tutored hundreds of local high school and community college students in the skills of welding, creative expression and confidence. Most of these students have gone on to college and successful careers.

Read the rest of article here.

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