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Stories in silk

Niskayuna native uses fabric art pieces to tell tales

Listening to the stories of others and then capturing their essence on silk through an inventive painting process is one woman's passion.

Mira Nussbaum, a Niskayuna native, is currently displaying her art collection titled Silk Stories at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center until May 29. The exhibit, located in the Farber/Miness Lounge, includes paintings done on silk after listening to a person or group share their stories. The exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This showing is Nussbaum's first show in her hometown, and she said she is excited to share her work with the people she grew up with " some of them for the first time.

"I've been showing my work to really just my friends and people in my area, and there are a lot of women's groups and a lot of women's groups have been interested in having me come and they have been interested in sharing their stories," said Nussbaum. "One woman had called me and said, 'I got a really great story to share with you.' It has been a beautiful thing."

Most of her work is done on a per client basis to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art, which is inspired by her father's stained glass artwork. Growing up with her father being an art collector allowed her to meet artists and talk to them about why they created their art. While she didn't know how to make stained glass windows, she did something a little different to try and capture the same essence.

"My paintings are like stained glass windows, and another thing my father did was he wrote a lot of poetry and he had a stained glass window to go along with the poem," said Nussbaum. "My paintings are an attempt to recreate those stained glass windows in a form I am able to do."

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