The next art project “Erratic Blocks” of the art association “Künstler Gut Loitz e.V.” will take place on October 30th and 31st, 2015 in Loitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Andrea will write about Wyman’s art pieces in the upcoming exhibition’s publication.
The background for this year’s art project is the 200th anniversary of Sweden ceding Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (which had fallen under Swedish rule in 1648) to Prussia.
Wyman’s topic is the influence of history on people’s everyday lives; his artwork falls into the categories of found art and ready-mades. Andrea and Wyman collaborated artistically on some of the art pieces
The catalogue in collaboration with our art project in Rostock has been published. My husband Wyman Brent wrote an introductory text, I wrote and co-wrote three articles on the history of certain symbols in art history as well as on current art projects in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (East Germany). The art projects were created in connection with local associations (“Vereine”), an integral part of German culture.
Al Jolson received a memorial stone at Jakovas Bunka’s Litvak memorial park near Plateliai, a small village in the North West of Lithuania, on September 17th, 2014. Jakovas Bunka recently passed away and was considered the last Jew in the town of Plunge, close to Plateliai. Bunka’s son Eugenijus, journalist, writer, and activist, is now leading the foundation. Jens J. Reinke, my partner at AJ-Images.com and my husband Wyman covered the event.
Andrea and Wyman attended the 2012 Jolson Festival in Bromley, held by the Int’l. Al Jolson Society, UK. They gave a presentation on Andrea’s filmwork as well as on the Vilnius Jewish Public Library. They also interviewed Jolson biographer Michael Freedland. Once again, the organizers came up with an amazing UK Jolson weekend.
Andrea and Wyman got married on August 22, 2012 in Marion, South Carolina. On August 20, they attended a one-day Al Jolson Fesival on Long Island, NY organized by the Int’l. Al Jolson Society. The wedding took place at The Grove in Marion, SC. The couple spent a brief honeymoon in Charleston. Visit their wedding website here.
The Vilnius Jewish Public Library finally opened its doors on December 16, 2011! It is the first Jewish public library in Lithuania since the liquidation of the Vilna Ghetto in 1943. In 2004, Wyman Brent had the idea of founding this library in the city of Vilnius formerly known as Jerusalem of the North.
For more information, please visit the library’s website as well as Wyman Brent’s personal website.
Here you can see the short film “Beautiful Dreamers” which talks about the founding of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library as well as the story behind Andrea Oberheiden-Brent and Wyman Brent: