Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik’s striking collection of art “You Did What to My Comics?!?” is currently on display in the Leon Family Gallery at the Simon Family JCC. Isaac is a Jewish artist living in Southern California. His cut and reassembled paper is made of clean lines and patterns, sinuous shapes and sharp edges, large fields of color balanced with small intimate spaces.


Through his art, Isaac explores the stories and traditions of the Jewish people, filtered through the twin lenses of the traditional art form of papercutting and contemporary pop culture narratives. Blending ancient stories and the glossy-meets-gritty world of comics in seamless graphic compositions, Brynjegard-Bialik’s work is emblematic of the 21st century’s mash-up culture.


The exhibit will be on display through his February 4 – 8 visit to Tidewater. Isaac and his wife, Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik, will present “Paper Midrash” sermons and workshops as a part of the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence fund of the Congregation Beth El Foundation’s Tidewater Together Series. 



All exhibits are free and open to the public. The Federation is proud to offer the Tidewater community access to collections that feature a variety of mediums, each of which represent Israeli and/or Jewish artists, be they around the globe or within our community.


For more information, contact Sierra Lautman at or 757-965-6107.