Art teacher Amy Novelli has joined Tucson Hebrew Academy. Originally from Ohio, Novelli graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art & Design and earned her Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She worked as a sculptor for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Studio in New York as well as in New Orleans and Berlin as a muralist. She has more than 30 years of experience in scenic design, painting, and fabrication and has completed large-scale mural projects in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Washington state. Novelli has worked with several universities and museums, including the University of Arizona and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. She has been interviewed on PBS and in Southwest Art Magazine and awarded “Best Local Artist” in Pittsburgh and the Tucson Weekly newspapers. Her 2015 landscape painting “Great Plains” was chosen for the Wyoming Governor’s Award Exhibition and purchased by the Wyoming State Museum for its permanent collection.
Tucson Jews for Justice was the subject of a Forward.com article on Monday, “Jews Fight for Immigrants — But Face Fierce Backlash from Anti-Israel Activists.” In the article, members of the progressive group explain that they focus solely on domestic issues. Alma Hernandez, a state House of Representatives candidate, and Tony
Zinman, a public defender, started the group in March.