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Andrew Reach’s Art Winner in 4th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase in Abstract Category

I’m pleased that my spouse, Andrew Reach’s work “Hex Land III” was selected as one of the winners in the 4th round of the 2017 Artslant Prize in the Abstract category. Another Cleveland artist, Evie Zimmer, is a winner in the Painting category for her amazing painting “Gypsy”. Winners get art showcased in feature box on the ArtSlant home page. Below are screenshots.

About ArtSlant, their website says:

ArtSlant is a networking and content platform committed to providing a social perspective on art. Founded in Los Angeles in 2007 by the late Georgia Fee, ArtSlant aims to bridge the gaps between the art world, its media, and the community. home page screenshot with “Hex Land III”
click to see Andrew Reach’s other winning entries to the ArtSlant Prize
click here to see Andrew Reach’s website
click here to see Andrew Reach’s work on instagram home page screenshot with “Gypsy” by Evie Zimmer
click here to see Evie Zimmer’s art on instagram

Vintage Palace – Is Open Again after 12 years, Come See My New Store on Ebay

click here to visit Vintage Palace Ebay Store

I’m happy to say Vintage Palace is open again after 12 years of being a full time caretaker to my beloved Andrew. We have begun to put up listings again. These are our first items. Next will come my linen backed original vintage movie posters, original vintage one sheet folded movie posters, original vintage movie lobby cards and original vintage ads. In future weeks we will be adding hundreds of new items for sale.

click here to see this artwork by Andrew Reach on
Vintage Palace Ebay Store

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Vintage Palace Ebay Store

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Vintage Palace Ebay Store

click here to see this artwork by Andrew Reach on
Vintage Palace Ebay Store

We Remember

Holocaust Remebrance Day 2017

Our lost Brothers & Sisters


Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
All the best in 2017

Bruce Baumwoll & Andrew Reach

Two For The Road, Starring Audrey Hepburn , Albert Finney and Jacqueline Bisset – My Saturdays At the Strand Movie Palace in Far Rockaway New York – 1967

My Saturdays At the Strand Movie Palace in Far Rockaway New York  1967

I spent many afternoons in the Strand  movie palace on school days and always on Saturday, often alone in the big movie house during the week. I  would watch films in chairs that were made for two people to sit in, It was a great old movie Palace. So many families during the 1920 – 1960s would spend a Saturday night walking in town  and than catching a movie. Often we would go to our favor places to eat before we would all see the new movie out this week. So many wonderful times.


Two For The Road


Audrey Hepburn , Albert finney and Jacqueline Bisset

Below is my new little film on the movie Two For the Road.


From a collection of movie stills and photographs taken on the set 


Andrew Reach Designs now by 4walls Specializes In Large Scale Digital Wall Murals in High Quality Wall Décor Products, Design & Manufacturing for Both Residential & Commercial Wallcovering Markets – Written by Brittany Mariel Hudak


written by Brittany Mariel Hudak

I’m excited and proud that my spouse, Andrew Reach was featured in an article written by Mariel Hudak, in the CAN Journal (Collective Arts Network) about the company she works in, 4walls, that specializes in large scale digital wall murals featuring artwork from Cleveland based artists,them among Kate Snow and Mark Thomas. an  others from all over. Brittany Mariel Hudak first saw Andrew’s work at at the Maria Neil Art Project, a gallery in the Waterloo Arts district in the Collinwood neighborhood in Cleveland. where he had a solo show and approached him to license a couple of his artworks for their Level4 Digital Wall Coverings. 

canjournal_winter2017_1screen shot from for article written by Mariel Hudak

excerpt from article:
“While the marriage of art and design certainly comes with challenges, it doesn’t have to be a  rocky relationship. The Cleveland-based wallcovering company, 4walls, regularly sources local art to use in designs for commercial contract wallcoverings. The company’s belief is that making use of local resources can be mutually beneficial.  Serving as a liaison between the artists and designers, I see both sides–and that great things can happen when these two fields intersect.”

4walls Design # L50904 Quadrans – in Zest, ©Andrew Reach
 canjournal_winter2017_4walls_image-74walls Design # L50902 Quadrans – in Upbeat, ©Andrew Reach

canjournal_winter2017_4walls_image-8L50903 Quadrans – in Black and White, ©Andrew Reach

Andrew Reach’s art on CAN Journal (Collective Arts Network) 2016 Fall Edition Cover

I’m honored that the work “There’s No Place To Hide”, by my spouse Andrew Reach, is on the cover of the 2016 fall issue of the CAN Journal. It’s a detail of the larger work. It ties into an article about University Hospitals Art Collection and Trudy Weisenberger, a co-recipient with Joanne Cohen of the 2010 Cleveland Arts Prize for her work at UH. Weisenberger started the collection in 1987 and nurtured it until her retirement in 2011. Tom Huck took over the reigns and is continuing to enhance and expand the collection. Tom Huck chose this work to be in the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Special Thanks to the Michael Gill, executive editor, writer and editor of the journal and also Brittany Hudak and Joanne for the cover design. The installation of this work was featured in CODA Magazine – Healing Art II issue, an online magazine of, a portal for the collaboration of design and art featuring public art installations. Click here to read more and see the installation.



Below are photos from the Fall Issue Launch Party at Canopy-Collective

CanJournal_2016_Fall-Issue_WilliamForester&BruceBaumwollfrom left: William E. Forester and myself (Bruce Baumwoll)
William Forester is an inspiration. He overcame a stroke that left him paralyzed and unable to speak and like me has become an artist.  Click here to read article on

CanJournal_2016_Fall-Issue_Gregory&LynneBreitensteinAliberti&MichaelGillFrom left: Gregory Aliberti, Lynne Breitenstein Aliberti and Michael Gill, executive editor, writer and editor of the journal

14117691_10201919519145941_650849539125611364_nLori Corso Forester & William E. Forester


14053986_10201919600467974_2174348393200412551_nArtist Nico Pico Train

CanJournal_2016_Fall-Issue_BrittanyHudakCAN Writer Brittany Hudak


Erika Durham, owner of Canopy-Collective

UHRainbowBabies_TheresNoPlaceToHide1_xInstallation of “There’s No Place To Hide” at  Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Click here to read more about the installation

Andrew Reach – Winner of 5th Showcase Round in Abstract Category –

My partner Andrew submitted his art in a competition, 5th round of ArtSlant’s Showcase Series.  He was a winner in the abstract category. I’m very proud of him.Winners in a showcase advance to a final round of judging for a chance to win the ArtSlant Prize.  Below is a screenshot of homepage. Andrew’s art is featured under the ArtSlant Prize Showcase Series on a rotating basis with the other winners of the showcase.

ArtSlant_HomePage_screenshot_ArtSlantPrize_06-25-2016_small Homepage Screenshot, June 25, 2016

ArtSlant_QuadratafluxIII_screenshot_ArtSlantPrize-Ribbon_06-25-2016_smallscreenshot of Quadrataflux III – 5th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner

ArtSlant_QuadratafluxIII_screenshot_ArtSlantPrize_06-25-2016_smallscreenshot of Andrew’s work “Quadrataflux III” on

My Family is almost part of “A Genealogical History of the Jews of Pinczow (Poland) in the 18th & 19th Centuries” by Prof. Heshel Teitelbaum

UPDATE (9/9/2016): Since this was first posted, I can now  say that Professor Heshel Teitlebaum, University of Ottawa, has confirmed that my family is now part of his research to be published in the near future. I look forward to all the discoveries that he and his team will publish. I have been sworned to secrecy until then. I feel so honored that my family will be remembered. Stay tuned.

Through research, I found the paper titled “A Genealogical History of the Jews of Pinczow (Poland) in the 18th & 19th Centuries” by Heshel Teitelbaum of the University of Ottawa. IIJG Announces Grant Awards
The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem has announced that three of the proposals submitted to it have received awards. They include:

• “A Genealogical History of the Jews of Pinczow (Poland) in the 18th and 19th Centuries” awarded to Prof. Heshel Teitelbaum of Ottawa, Canada, for a study. Teitelbaum’s research presents a novel approach to creating extended family trees for the Jewish residents of an entire Polish town. Second, the process necessarily generates surnames for Jews otherwise known only by their patronyms. Third, this proposal introduces, for the first time, the concept of synthesizing group-trees for each of several classes (political leaders, rabbis and teachers, tradesmen, craftsmen, merchants etc.) and for examining the possibility of social mobility between these classes. Finally, the author will, for the first time, analyze the history of the scholarly class in Pinczow on a large scale and identify hitherto unknown family links between various rabbinic dynasties.
I am so honored that he has begun to help me find the lost parts of my family and my soul. Before 1821, the jews of Pinczow didn’t have surnames I beleive jews everywhere.. This was called the Patronomic Era. This system of surnames uses the name of a person’s father as that person’s surname. He is using a new methodology through research of each family to assign them surnames so that the data can complete each families tree. We are now back before last names. The year is 1765. I am so taken back at how things keep turning up. They want to be found. The Pressmans , Hakohens , Fogels , Baumwols,
Mr. Teitelbaum has been able to connect me with my second great cousin, My great great Aunt who was the sister of my great great grandfather, Sura Jenta baumwoll born 1847.

We only now must find the family going back. He feels that they were their. Now the fun begins.





Pinczow Poland And the Great Old Synagogue Where My Family Worshiped In The 1700’s And Where Many Of Them Perished – World Monuments Fund Restoring Synagogue

I have been sharing my research and have been working with Witold Wrzosinski with the Foundation For Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland. The following is an excerpt from an email from Witold to me:

You have found the grave of Yochanan HaCohen  Fogel, father-in-law of Hersz Wolf Baumwoll and great-grandfather of Nathan Baumwoll. He came from Pinczow and was a Cohen. I would like you to see if we can find any of them or any about them.

My family lived their. Many never left until they were marched to death. I am searching for them now.

The following is from World Monuments Fund about the Pińczów Synagogue in Poland:

Pińczów Synagogue, built at the turn of the 17th century, is the last surviving Jewish monument in the city of Pińczów, once a thriving economic and cultural Jewish center. The synagogue is unusual both for its age as well as its adaptation of a Renaissance architectural style. Inside, large sections of polychromic patterning, attributed to the Jewish painter Jehuda Leib, decorate the synagogue’s main prayer hall and porch. Interior murals, some of which date from the 1600s, are the oldest synagogue fresco paintings in the country. The town of Pińczów, which, for centuries, had benefited from its reputation for ethnic and religious diversity, was largely destroyed by German troops in the fall of 1939. The vast majority of the town’s Jewish population was later killed, many sent to Auschwitz, and much of the community’s cultural heritage destroyed. The synagogue itself was vandalized by Nazi occupation troops, and then damaged in fighting during the final year of the war.

When WMF began work at Pińczów in the spring of 2005, the building showed the affects of years of neglect and defacement. Our conservation efforts focused specifically on the women’s gallery and the kahal room, used for meetings of elders, which house some of the synagogue’s finest wall paintings and which had suffered from years of deterioration. A team of conservationists worked to desalinize and restore wall paintings, remove and replace crumbling plaster sections and joints, and clean the exposed wall underneath. The team also replaced damaged window frames and stone elements, and repaired several of the building’s walls. WMF’s project was completed in 2005. Some of the inscriptions and scrolls found during our work there have supplied valuable new research material for academics studying Jewish history in Poland.

Pińczów Synagogue is an emblem of local history, prosperity and the tragic results of the Holocaust. WMF’s conservation efforts at the synagogue highlight the artistic and cultural triumphs of the Jewish community from the 16th to the early 20th century and also acknowledge the neglect of the site due to the loss of the Jewish community in the aftermath of World War II.. Our work also recognizes the significance of the site to a global audience, as both a historical and artistic monument; our efforts to preserve the synagogue’s wall paintings and interior decorations will ensure the site remains in good condition, enduring even as the Jewish community that once surrounded it has largely disappeared.



The Following is an excerpt from Wikipedia about Pińczów Poland and the fate of the Jews and my family during WWII:

Pińczów was destroyed by Germans in September 1939 (see Polish Defensive War), and almost all Jews, who had accounted for about 70% of the town’s population, were killed or sent to extermination camps. Most Pińczów’s Jews were murdered in the death camp Treblinka. The Jewish cemetery was also destroyed. Some Jews of Pińczów survived the Holocaust by hiding in nearby forests. Some, though not many, were hidden by Polish farmers until the end of the war. The Republic of Pińczów was a short-lived Polish uprising, which took place in July – August 1944. Units of the Home Army and other underground organizations managed to push Germans from the area of app. 1000 km2., which stretched from Pińczów to Działoszyce, and from Nowy Korczyn to Nowe Brzesko. The resistance was very active here, there were two attacks on a local Gestapo prison, in which hundreds of Poles were freed.

It is one of the oldest synagogues in Poland, built in 1594-1609. The designer was probably the Florentian Santi Gucci. During World War II it was vandalized by the Nazi Germans, then damaged during fighting in 1944, and it is inactive since then. From the 1970s it has been restored. 



Click here to read post My Family is a part of “A Genealogical History of the Jews of Pinczow (Poland) in the 18th & 19th Centuries” by Heshel Teitelbaum

Click here to read about the World Monuments Fund bringing back the great Pińczów Synagogue

Ella Burakowski from the book Hidden Gold: A True Story of the Holocaust

Other photographs have been collected by Bruce Baumwoll from the internet.

POL-Pinc-vestibule-window-on-northern-wall-and-fragment-of-vault-post-cons-2002Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609



pinczow01big POL-Pinc-vestibule-painting-on-southern-part-of-vault-and-on-southern-wall-b4-cons-2001Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

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POL-aaaPinc-vestibule-window-on-northern-wall-and-fragment-of-vault-b4-cons-2001Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

Remnants of the Synagogue in Pinczow Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

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pinc-10_0Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

pinc-09_0Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

pinc-06_0Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

pinc-05_0Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

pinc-04_0Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

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Synagogue in Pinczow buillt 1594 - 1609 !!Synagogue in Penczow, Built  1594-1609

Synagogue in Pinczow -------- todaySynagogue in Penczow today

Rabbi Eliezer Finkler of Pinczow and SosnowiecRabbi Eliezer Finkler Of Penczow and Sosnowiec

Pinczow ( daw. kieleckie ) ---świetokrzyskie ------- Poland -old-symagogueporewarPenczow before the war

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Pinczow---the Lajbusia Mill in Mirów-------pre warPenczow,  The Lajbusio  Mill 

anna-cyranPenczow  Cemtery Before 1939


Penczow  Cemtery Before 1939

11261665_667405403404681_3538585436177503454_nPenczow Before 1939  – The Jews of Penczow

11260576_667424183402803_5354052220820549633_nPenczow Cemetery   today


Photographs have come from all of the following sources:

Ella Burakowski from the book Hidden Gold: A True Story of the Holocaust
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Other photographs have been collected by Bruce Baumwoll from the internet.