Arts and Culture

In new Tucson J exhibit, two local artists focus on the natural world

‘Irises in Bloom’ by Lily Rosenberg, 21 x 24 inches, giclee

The Tucson Jewish Community Center Gallery will present “Elements of Nature through the Artist’s Eye: The works of Lily Rosenberg and Lisa Mishler” Feb. 2–March 14.

An artist reception will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30-3 p.m.

Rosenberg uses acrylic paint in a contemporary impressionistic style to express her love of flowers and landscapes. Her work features vibrant colors, lines, and design work, a nod to her early career as an illustrator and graphic designer.

“My creations radiate a sense of joie de vivre,” she says. “I am motivated to paint by the joy of creation and the happiness of being an artist.”

Rosenberg was born in Bulgaria in 1946, raised and educated in Israel, and attended the Tel Aviv College of Art. She has had solo exhibitions in Calgary and Tucson as well as exhibiting in such juried, international shows as the Arizona Aqueous Exhibition at the Tubac Center of the Arts. She is a member of The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. For more information, visit

For Mishler, art is about the discovery of color, thickness of paint, movement, spatial placements and time.  While categorized as an abstract expressionist, at her core, Mishler is a process artist, following intuition rather than intellect. “I arrive at the canvas empty yet excited like a child ready to play with paint,” she says.

‘Catch Me If You Can’ by Lisa Mishler, 30 x 40 inches, acrylic

Mishler begins each work with color, stepping back, giving herself permission to “feel the frequency of the pigments” she has chosen.  The works in this exhibit express the interaction between mankind and the natural world. Mishler’s work has been shown in the Louvre in Paris, as well as in galleries in the United States. She also has published two books, “L’Chayim — To Life,” a collection of paintings and narration inspired by her parents harrowing journey of survival in Poland before emigrating to the United States, and “Zalman Ber: The True Story of the Man the Nazis Could Not Kill,” as told to Mishler by her father, Sol Kotz.

Mishler is a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Aqueous, Southern Arizona Artist Guild, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, PaperWorks: the Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists, Southern Arizona Wax Artists, and the Tubac Center of the Arts. For more information, visit

The Tucson Jewish Community Center Gallery is located at 3800 East River Road and is open Sunday-Friday during the J’s regular business hours. For more information, call 299-3000 or visit