Mural Project in Manhattan

This is such an honor to be chosen as one of the artists included in a 5-year long installation at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City. The mural project encompasses five floors of the building, each floor representing one of the books of the Torah. 

 On the right, "Let the Land Lie Fallow" by Heidi Harner. Photo courtesy of Amy Reichert.

On the right, "Let the Land Lie Fallow" by Heidi Harner.
Photo courtesy of Amy Reichert.

Last fall I was asked by Amy Reichert of Chicago for permission to use my painting (an image of the original) in the project. It is quite thrilling to know my work is among some of the greatest artists' works of all time: Rembrandt, Titian, Gerard Richter, Paul Klee. I believe there are about 50 other contemporary artists as well. I have not been to New York to see it in person but I plan on it. If you go, please be sure to send me some photos! 

 Leviticus. Photo courtesy of Amy Reichert.

Leviticus.
Photo courtesy of Amy Reichert.

  © Heidi Harner 2017

© Heidi Harner 2017

My painting "Let the Land Lie Fallow" is about God's concept of rest for us. Leaving the land to rest would help it to regenerate, becoming more fertile for the next years of planting. Same concept for resting on Sundays. It's an open invitation to not work, and enjoy playing. I often struggle with resting. You may too. We feel guilty. We feel we are not doing our part if we take some time out of our schedule to play, or nap, or just to be still. True rest means to trust that all will not fall apart when you take time to slow down. It doesn't have to be confined to Sundays. Every day I try to get in some time to meditate, be still, pray, read. Then I am able to handle life with a little more grace (most of the time!). How do you like to take time to rest or play?