Michelle Sider

Ketubah Artist

Michigan-based artist and teacher Michelle Sider currently works in watercolor, pastel, oil and glass mosaic, but she has been drawing and painting for her entire life. She strives to recreate the joy and beauty she finds in the world around her for the people who view her pieces.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries, art associations, art fairs and libraries throughout southeastern and northern Michigan. Additionally, she has a love for art education: She has taught figure drawing and sculpting, animal drawings, still life, watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, polymer clay and glass mosaic -- plus classes on composition, color and perspective -- to a wide range of students during the past 20 years.

Michelle holds a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and received further artistic training at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and at Wayne State University. Although she has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit, she has devoted her time and attention to her "first love," art.

Michelle's current emphasis on Judaic art is a result of her personal journey toward more spirituality, and many of her still life paintings reflect positive feelings about Shabbat and Jewish festivals.

"Since the birth of my first child nine years ago, my family and I have made Judaism a major focus in our lives," writes Michelle. "My husband and I have taken many classes and continue to learn as much as we can about our rich and varied heritage.

"Each of my three children attend a Jewish Day School, where I have initiated a number of art projects... including an Aleph-Bet glass mosaic and a burgeoning ceramics program," she continues. "I am currently developing an art enrichment program at a private school and am planning another mosaic project."

While Michelle's first ketubot were painted for family members, she appreciates the opportunity to share her inspiration with others. "My ketubot artwork allows me to harmonize my Jewish spirituality with my use of rich, dynamic colors and images."

• See ketubah designs by Michelle Sider.

Entwined Love Ketubah by Michelle Sider.
Entwined Love Ketubah
by Michelle Sider
Circle of Beauty Ketubah by Michelle Sider.
Circle of Beauty Ketubah
by Michelle Sider