On Rosh Hashanah, which starts at sunset Wednesday, Jewish people throughout the world will greet each other with wishes for a good and renewed year.
The new-year card has become one form of this expression. ``In recent years, the new-year card has become an art form,`` said Ruth Sackheim, a Chicago artist. ``People frame my cards (left) and hang them as art objects.`` Sackheim`s dabbling in cardmaking launched a business (now including all- occasion cards, both religious and secular) five years ago, when she designed her first two new-year cards for a family friend with surprising results.
Ideas ``come out of my head,`` Sackheim said, but they are further developed through research of Judaic history and art. Her stylized ink drawings look more like woodcuts, relying on the contrast of dark and light. They are available ($5.50, package of 10) at Hamakor Gallery Ltd. 4150 Dempster St., Skokie.