On May 27, 2001, artist Morris Aaron Feinerman died at the age of 80. Morris’ passion was painting. He came to America as a young boy and lived in the Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn. His experience of discrimination and economic hardship led to a lifelong interest in ethnic art.
He and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1956. He lost a daughter in 1979, and his wife of 49 years, Annie, in 1989, both to cancer. He threw himself into his painting to help him cope with these tragic losses. He donated works to charity auctions and was a guest speaker at various functions.
His paintings were exhibited at the Art Walk in Santa Barbara and at the Pauline Hirsch Gallery at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, among many others. On two separate occasions, The Jewish Journal used Feinerman’s work on its cover. His painting “The Tashlich” is on permanent exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center.
His greatest wish was for people to enjoy his paintings as much as he enjoyed creating them. He is forever in the hearts of a daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, as well as many family members and friends.
Morris Feinerman’s customary farewell upon departure from family was always, “Be careful how you go.” — Eric Stevens
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