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“Living Threads: The Judaic Textile Art of Wendy Rabinowitz” presents some 15 mixed-media tapestries and sculptures that incorporate Hebrew lettering from the Torah and Psalms. Ten of these works are from Rabinowitz’s “Masks of the Matriarchs Series.” According to the kabbala, each biblical matriarch reflects the Shekhina, the female aspect of God. Each of these pieces represents a particular attribute of God reflected by a matriarch as well as seasonal, life cycle and elemental aspects. The Berkshires, Mass., artist’s work reflects her belief that art serves as a “vessel of light” during periods of darkness, Rabinowitz has said.

University of Connecticut, 369 Fairfield Road, Storrs; reception Stevens Gallery, Homer Babbidge Library, Sept. 7, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; exhibit Dodd Research Center, through Oct. 10, Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. noon-4 p.m.; free. (860-486-2524)

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