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Exhibiting at Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles

Posted in Everyone has a right to blossom, Inspiring Exhibitions
on November 23, 2016
ANNE HAD NO TIME TO BLOSSOM… 
EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BLOSSOM…  (c) Cindy Lass.
I am delighted to tell you that my painting Anne Had No Time To Blossom…Everyone Has The Right To Blossom” has moved from The Anne Frank House Amsterdam to The Anne Frank Exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles.
Anne could see a chestnut tree through the only window that wasn’t blacked out in the attic. In an entry dated Feb. 23, 1944, she wrote,
Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs,
from my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree,
on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver,and at the seagulls and
other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it,
this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.”
 
 Anne Frank died aged 15 after hiding from her persecutors for 2 years, enclosed in a secret attic, where this beautiful chestnut tree was her only link with nature. In her all too short life, she realised how hatred of others because of racial differences was the root of so much needless destruction. Alas, Anne was never given time to blossom because she was Jewish, and still today in the world we are confronted by so many children not given time to blossom because of intolerance and violent hatred.
“… And the sun was shining as it’s never shone before in 1944. Our chestnut tree is in full bloom.
It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”
Anne Frank , Diary of a Young Girl.

Eva Schloss and I presented this painting to the Anne Frank House Amsterdam on 3rd May 2010 fifty years to the day after Otto Frank opened the house to the public on 3rd May 1960. On August 23rd 2010 the chestnut tree in the painting fell down, and is now no longer, however the painting now exists for all to view

MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE LOS ANGELES

Anne is an extraordinary new immersive exhibit on the life and legacy of Anne Frank.  The Anne exhibit highlights little known facts about her time in hiding and the events that led to her arrest. Hear first-hand accounts about Anne from the people who knew her, and experience the story of Anne Frank as never before.
 If you are in the Los Angeles area, please go and see this extraordinary exhibition.
Cindy x
 
Barbara Streisand, recently visited this compelling and profound exhibition.
 
Anne a Premier Experiential Exhibit -Entrance to the Anne Frank exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance | Photo by Daniel Djang
    The Museum of Tolerance is located at 9786 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035.

“How wonderful it is that no one has to wait but can start right now

to gradually change the world.” Anne Frank
 

EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO BLOSSOM

Posted in Art from the Heart, Everyone has a right to blossom
on September 7, 2013

“ANNE HAD NO TIME TO BLOSSOM”

A painting by Cindy Lass – Acrylic on Canvas  4ft x 3ft

Cindy Lass and Anne Schloss presented this paiting to the Anne Frank House on 3rd May 2010

50 years after Otto Frank opened the house to the public on 3rd May 1960

On August 23rd 2010 the actual tree in the painting fell down, and is now no longer, however

the painting is in the house for all to view.

… And the sun was shining as it’s never shone before in 1944. Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”
Anne Frank , Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank loved this chestnut tree and I have painted it in her memory , and to bring the message from Annes Diary to the world today , a message that we all need to keep in our hearts.

As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky and as long as I can enjoy it how can I be sad.”

Anne Frank died aged 15 after hiding from her persecutors for 2 years, enclosed in a secret attic, where this beautiful chestnut tree was her only link with nature.

In her all too short life, she realised how hatred of others because of racial differences was the root of so much needless destruction. Alas, Anne was never given time to blossom because she was Jewish, and still today in the world we are confronted by so many children not given time to blossom because of intolerance and violent hatred.

I firmly believe that nature can bring comfort to all that suffer”

I have painted this iconic tree in all its beauty, in the hope that all the children of the world can one day be allowed to blossom.

The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere

where they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then, and only then, can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature’s beauty and simplicity.”

We need to be positive in this world and to be kind to everyone, all shapes, races and sizes.

PLEASE think carefully before judging someone badly, why not show understanding and love instead of anger and hate……Make this world a better place for us all and our childrens children…….Give thought and warmth to how you act to others and I think being aware we will all hug the world and BLOSSOM together. We owe it to humankind.

When I first Saw Anne Frank’s Tree it looked bare and unwell. It reminds me that sadly Anne was never given the opportunity to blossom and grow. I wanted to paint the tree in full bloom to show that we all have a right to blossom.

While the Torah Scroll is being placed in the Ark, the following to ”as of old” is said:
It is a tree of life to those who grasp it; and happy is everyone that upholds it.
Its ways are of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.

Otto Franks favourite quote “IF THE WORLD WERE TO END TOMORROW, I WOULD STILL PLANT A TREE TODAY” how amazing to be so full of hope, he said this after his time in Auschwitz, it is a testament to his continued belief in humanity.

Love and Light
Cindy xx

Emma Thompson and Cindy, with cutting from the original tree and

Cindy’s “ANNE HAD NO TIME TO BLOSSOM” painting.

 

Emma Thompson, is cultivating a cutting from Anne Frank’s Tree.