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Designer Spotlight On: Malcah Zeldis

Malcah Zeldis (born Mildren Brightman) on September 22, 1931 is a Jewish American folk painter known for her work which features a mix of historical, biblical, and autobiographical themes. Zeldis was born in the Bronx, New York, and was raised in Detroit, Michigan in a Jewish ghetto. Her family was poor and often faced religious discrimination, which made it difficult for her father to find work. Eventually her family became financially stable and they moved to a middle-class neighborhood. Zeldis remembers her childhood as being filled with nature and she most fondly remembers her trips to the Detroit Institute of Arts where she would spend time lingering in front of the Flemish paintings of small figures. These works would inspire her art years later. Continue reading