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Book Review with Julia Mayer

Sunday, April 18, 2021 6 Iyar 5781

3:00 PM - 4:15 PMZoom


You're invited to a Zoom Author Talk | Painting Resilience: The Life and Art of Fred Terna

Featuring Author Julia Mayer

Painting Resilience: The Life and Art of Fred Terna     Julia Mayer

“Living through the Holocaust was luck, but living with it takes skill,” says 97-year-old Holocaust survivor and still-active artist Fred Terna.

Julia Mayer’s recently released full-length biography of Terna is a personal, intergenerational exploration of the role Terna’s art plays in living with the trauma of four concentration camps; his post-WWII marriage to his emotionally scarred childhood sweetheart; their escape to France, Canada, and the U.S.; their divorce; and his subsequent happy marriage to a daughter of survivors and the family they created.

The book includes reproductions of more than two dozen of Terna’s artworks.

Mayer will do a brief reading, spotlight some of Terna’s paintings (many held by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, the Albertina, and other institutions as well as private collections), share video of her conversations with Terna, and entertain questions from the audience.

The autographed Author’s Edition of “Painting Resilience” is available exclusively at CBS Napa members and friends use the promo code CBSNAPA to save 10%. NOTE: All author proceeds from sales of the book go to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, which holds the largest collection of Terna’s work. 

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What others say about Julia Mayer’s “Painting Resilience”

Interweaves the language of the art works and the personal stories. Renate Evers, Director of Collections, Leo Baeck Institute New York

Eloquent and moving. Witness to the witnesses . . . [and] makes clear that even across many generations, it is possible to carry this legacy forward. — Laura Levitt, Professor, Temple University.

Takes you inside Terna's studio to understand his process and his philosophy. — Kate Chertavian, Founder, Kate Chertavian Fine Art.

Allows Terna to generously share his experience before, during, and after the Holocaust through both his recollections and artwork. — Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

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