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We believe that beauty is a form of solace, whether found in a haiku poem, a book, a fine art print or a notecard!

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At Turtle Light Press, it is our mission to help you regain a sense of calm and peacefulness through art. It might be a beautifully handmade book of poetry, artistic photos or a special note card. For us, it is about the love of the craft — combining words and images to create artwork and books that will resonate for you in a deep way. To see our work, please view our store gallery!

New Arlington, Virginia Paintings

The Lee Highway Alliance recently commissioned us to make a few artistic paintings of businesses and landmarks in the area. We had fun creating new works of art of Virginia Hospital Center, MOM’s Organic Market, Cowboy Cafe, Little Ambassadors’ Academy and Fresh Impact Farms. You can take at these and some of our other most recent work in our store. Here is one we did of Virginia Hospital Center to honor their workers. Plus, we can’t resist posting a new shot of Ayers Variety & Hardware in the Westover part of Arlington.

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The Amichai Windows

An homage to one of the greatest Hebrew-language poets, The Amichai Windows is an exquisite bilingual artist book of Yehuda Amichai poems that sheds light on love, war, and being Jewish today. A limited edition of 18 copies has been made for libraries and collectors.

Amichai, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize and has been translated into more than 40 languages, writes primarily about love and war — or, if you like, love amid war — and what it means to be a Jew in the 20th century.

In the works for the past 10 years, the book features 18 letterpressed Yehuda Amichai poems, an introduction by the eminent Hebrew literary translator and critic Professor Robert Alter of the University of California at Berkeley, more than 100 images from archives around the world, replicas of Amichai’s handwritten poems, a window simulacrum enclosure with lace curtains, original papercuts by Debra Band, handmade paper with deckled edges, gold leaf, a 28-page guide and a variety of tip-ons and botanicals.

Here is a short video that we made about the project:

Feature stories about this work have run in the Israeli daily Haaretz and on Israel radio’s Reshet Bet. The newsletter of the American Jewish Libraries Association has already run a review, calling  The Amichai Windows “a major contribution to American arts and letters.”

An article by Rick Black ran in Tikkun magazine, a journal of Jewish contemporary arts and culture, early in the process of making this book. You can read more about upcoming exhibitions and the creation of this artist book at our blog.

Talks and Workshops

TLP founder Rick Black is glad to give a talk or workshop to your group. You can check out his topics and testimonials at our speakers page.

Have any questions? Please call us at 908-227-7951.

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