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ArtsLink will offer a free presentation of "Through the Eye of the Needle, the Art of Esther Nisenthal
Krinitz" at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Francis Creative Arts Center, located at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street in New Martinsville. Light refreshments will be served.

Krinitz told her story of surviving the Holocaust in Poland through the eye of a needle. Her story and her fabric pictures are revealed in this documentary. In 1942, the 15-year-old Esther
and her 13-year-old sister Maria left their family and ran away when the Jews of their village were
ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. They evaded the Gestapo for two years by
pretending to be Catholic farm girls.

In 1977, at the age of 50, she began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival. Trained as a dressmaker, but with no training in art, she created 36 fabric pictures of strong, vivid images and fold-art realism. She meticulously stitched the narrative of her story beneath each picture. The pictures reveal an incongruity between the beauty of the pastoral landscape and the violence, terror and betrayal experienced by the sisters on their journey.

"All of my students are really looking forward to seeing this film," said Miriam Brake, ArtsLink quilts class instructor.

For information on this or other ArtsLink activities, call 304-455-2278, e-mail at artslink@artslinkwv.org, or visit the website at www.artslinkwv.org.