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Jewish artists to present ‘Simcha’ at the J


Pueblo De Noche’ by Bonnie Pisik, reverse painted glass, 24” x 24”

Thirteen members of the Tucson Jewish Artists will present a group show, “Simcha,” in the Fine Art Gallery at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Aug. 26-Oct. 3. The group, which numbers around 25 visual artists, meets several times a year under the auspices of the Tucson Jewish concierge.

The show’s name, “Simcha” (Hebrew for joy) reflects the artists’ hope that by sharing their creative talents, they “inspire, excite and bring a little joy” into a viewers’ day, says Bonnie Pisik, who is coordinating the show.

A reception with the artists will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The show will include paintings, jewelry, pottery, enamel work, and sculpture.

Pisik will exhibit “Pueblo De Noche,” reverse-painted glass. “By meticulously applying more than 30 layers of bold, iridescent colors,” she explains, “the artwork radiates a multidimensional, shimmering and reflective aura.” The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona commissioned one of Pisik’s “Tree of Life” triptychs for the lobby of the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy.

Martin R. Levy will display pieces from his Kristallnacht Menorah Series. Created from broken glass, the menorahs commemorate the 80th anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass,” the destruction of Jewish businesses and synagogues in Germany that many historians see as the beginning of the Holocaust. “At the same time, I have chosen the menorah as my ‘canvas’ to celebrate the Festival of Lights and all the uplifting significance that light may have for any of us,” Levy says.

Lynn Rae Lowe will show two metal sculptures, part of the Etz haChayim series she is creating on the Sephirot (in Kabbalah, the 10 attributes through which God manifests) and its holy sparks. “I call them ‘Nitzozots,’ the Sephirot’s holy sparks, representing our efforts to redeem the sparks created when Hashem manifested our world,” Lowe says.

‘View of the Kotel’ by Jacqueline Cohen,
acrylic, 16” x 20”

Jacqueline Cohen will display vibrant acrylic paintings and life study photographs. Cohen also is known for her original jewelry creations.

The other featured artists are Daryl Cohen, Sarah F. Frieden, Ann Lapidus, Anne Lowe, Jere Moskovitz, Laurie Sherman, Julie Szerina Stein, Kayrn Vampotic and Nan Wollman.