David Slonim's paintings are on exhibit at Masterpiece Gallery in Clearwater Village. His work also is visible in a picture book, Moishe's Miracle, by Laura Krauss Melmed. Dec. 26 at 5:30 p.m., on WFYI-TV, Slonim's art comes to us as an animated special narrated by Jami Gertz.
Originally released in 2000 to critical reviews, Moishe's Miracle has just been re-released by Chronicle Books. The DVD animation is by JTN Productions. Both are available at Masterpiece Gallery, 4647 E. 82nd St.
"A nifty parable - understated, funny with sharp chracterizations - automatically caught on the page by Slonim's flourishing, clever art, matching the tome perfectly," Kirkus Reviews wrote.
"I did a lot of research," commented Slonim in a recent telephone interview. "In order to do the illustrations authentically, I did research on Russian artists and shtetl life in the 1700s and 1800s."
The reader experiences a little of Tevye the Milkman from the now classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof, a little of Chagall's paintings and a little of Scrooge. Slonim evokes the themes of kindness and rebirth of the soul of a habitually stingy person in a setting of poverty and bleakness. It's a tour de force of belief being truer than fact.
The half-hour special also features The Tie Man's Miracle by Steven Shnur. Call 317-663-2020, 317-845-9990 or log on to www.davidslonim.com for more information.