Upon entering Lloyd Bloom’s exhibition at the Chassidic Art Institute one is confronted by a sweet beautiful image of a lamb skipping through the air in a puffy cloud landscape. Right next to it is an image of a goat kid cuddled up in the lap of a young shepherd. Further down the wall we see paintings depicting a young man leining from the Torah, then women lighting Shabbos candles and finally a father and son at the seder table, all candidates to be the most emblematic scene of Jewish life imaginable. So too an emotional scene showing a crowd of traditional Jews embracing each other sweeps us away in a wave of familiar emotions. All true until one picks up the gallery list of paintings with each work’s title. Little by little the façade falls away and a much more serious and tragic patina adjusts the meaning of these intriguing artworks.