Artists: Jean Edelstein, Saskia Keeley, Betty Green & IsraAID
"DISASTER SERIES" by Jean Edelstein
Jean Edelstein seeks the sacred. As she deploys the creative to approach the Divine, her art resonates with spirit. Edelstein's elegant aesthetic is melded with finely honed craftsmanship and expansive inventiveness into abstract icons, inspirational figural studies, innovative performances and compassionate political commentaries.
"The Disaster Series was inspired by black and white photographs accompanying journalistic accounts of world crisis. I was deeply moved by the tragedy and heroism of these anonymous men and women who suffer the ravages of military conflict."
-Jean Edelstein in a interview with Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) of Southern California
will be on display in the Spiegel Auditorium
Since Syria’s civil conflict broke out in 2011, the Middle East refugee crisis has become one of the world’s largest humanitarian disasters, with over six million internally displaced and more than six million refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries. Since 2013, IsraAID has been deeply involved in the international response across 10 countries; from early relief distributions in Jordan and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to medical services, psychological first aid and longer-term mental health support to refugees in Greece and Germany. Our teams welcomed literally hundreds of thousands of refugees as they arrived in Western Europe, following precarious journeys. As needs change, IsraAID is increasingly focusing on longer-term programs that deal with stress reduction, resilience building, integration, and community empowerment.
"Stories of Courage and Resilience", gives you a glimpse into how IsraAID responds to emergencies and supports local communities around the world - from crises and disasters, to rehabilitation and recovery.
"ROOTS NON-VIOLENCE" by Saskia Keeley
MY MISSION IS TO CREATE POWERFUL VISUALS THAT RAISE AWARENESS AND INSPIRE HOPE.
I believe disparate cultures can be bridged through recognition of our common humanity. Fostering such empathetic connection is especially fulfilling for me when women, children, and people from less visible parts of the globe are brought out of darkness and into light.
Over the past two years photographer, Saskia Bory Keeley partnered with Roots, an initiative led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee who works at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank.
Saskia conducted photo workshops for Orthodox Jewish Israeli and Palestinian women who would otherwise have no contact. An important part of the program was to develop photographic skills (20 good-quality DSLR cameras were purchased and donated to Roots for this purpose.) Just as essential was the opportunity for women "from the other side" to interact in a daily setting, many for the very first time in their lives.
The photos that came out of their assignments were striking and often touchingly personal in their portrayal of both loved ones in intimate settings (when they took the cameras home) and perceived enemies in the context of the workshop sessions. Most importantly, the cameras created a human bridge, breaking down barriers and fostering contact as women took portraits of each other necessitating human connection.
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EARTH RHYTHMS by Betty Green
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Betty Green is a fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Green attended Cornell University and UCLA, where she studied painting under Richard Diebenkorn. In addition to painting, Ms. Green has worked as a graphic designer and is the winner of a Primetime Emmy Award for title design, as well as the recipient of an International Clio Award. She has created signature openings for many television and motion picture projects. Her contributions to the arts also include the development of an after school Art Enrichment Program at the Neighborhood Youth Association in Venice, California. She was
awarded The Certificate of Tribute – Accomplishments in the Arts by the City of Los Angeles for her work with these children. Green currently works in her Santa Monica studio where she experiments with a variety of mixed media techniques to create her canvases.
Betty Green’s mixed media series entitled Earth Rhythms presents a series of paintings inspired by the undulating patterns in nature and the pulsing energy connecting all living forms. Using natural and man-made materials, her canvases are layered with heavily textured materials such as sand, cord, wood scraps, steel wool, straw, and wire mesh to create an energetic surface. Color, applied by brush and palette knife, furthers the feeling of vitality. The combined effect creates a visceral liveliness, as shifting patterns play with our inclination to see recognizable objects in abstract shapes. Green’s paintings seek to create excitement and beauty on a tactile and emotional level. Her hope is that viewers will study her artwork and make their own discoveries and connections.
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Please Join us on Thursday January 24, 7-9PM for our winter Art opening featuring
The Homeless by Pat Berger
Los Angeles-based artist Pat Berger’s poignant paintings of homelessness were originally inspired by her visit to a food and shelter outreach for the homeless in downtown L.A. around Christmas 1985.
What followed that eye-opening experience were at least five years of activism and a series of 35 paintings and lithographs intended to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless – many of whom shared their stories with Berger.
Her works on the homeless have since been exhibited in venues as different as homeless shelters, universities, museums and even California’s State Capitol Building in Sacramento.
Twelve of Berger’s homeless series paintings are now in the permanent collection of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Buffalo, N.Y. Another painting is in the permanent collection of Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center.
In Central California, Berger’s work was displayed in 2009-10 at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in an exhibit called “No Place to Go: Paintings of the Homeless.” Berger’s exhibit was one of five homelessness-focused shows happening concurrently, including the main exhibit, “Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present.”
Mending by Lori Zimmerman
The body of work in this exhibition was inspired by our need as we face life’s challenges to mend ourselves and our obligation to help mend the world. We spend a significant amount of time repairing, stitching, mending the skinned knee, the rent cloth, the aging muscles; clarifying misunderstandings, soothing the broken heart, healing the hurt from misplaced trust; and fighting injustices doled out in the larger world. With whatever skills we’ve accumulated over the years we take needle and thread, words and actions, alone and in community we attempt to find wholeness, regain functionality, work towards a sense of fairness and justice. We strive to mend ourselves, heal our relationships and repair our society. Nothing stays the same. Nothing defies decay. One stitch, one thought, one action at a time, repeated over and over, time and again, finding wholeness in rhythm, pattern and melody.
About the artist
Lori Zimmerman is an artist working in the Los Angeles area. Her work explores the beauty inherent in aging; our nature impulse to mend both our lives and our world; and the subtle coloring of flora and nature’s expert patterning. Her work incorporates painting, photography, collage and freestyle hand embroidery on fabric and paper.
Lori graduated from California College of Art with a BFA in Craft and worked in textile and interior design. After graduating from USC with an MBA Lori started a career in nonprofit management working in community arts and economic development organizations. She returned to her art practice in 2009.
Lori has exhibited her work at throughout the United States and Canada including Branch Gallery, Inglewood, CA (2018); Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo, CA (2017); Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (2016); Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN (2015); Ventura Government Center, Ventura, CA (2015); The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles CA (2015, 2013, 2012); Academy of Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, CA (2014), Soka University Founder’s Hall Art Gallery, Aliso Viejo CA (2014); Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA (2014); Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts Logan Gallery, Ojai CA (2014);Craft in America Study Center, Los Angeles CA (2013); The World of Threads Festival, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (2012); Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles CA (2011;) and Yarn Bomb, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica CA (2011)
Donn Delson is a visual savant. An ability to communicate conceptually, literately, and visually, informs his photographic work, creating conversation that percolates through all three modalities.
His work has been exhibited in such prestigious forums as The Los Angeles Art Show, Affordable Art Fair: New York, Hong Kong, London, The Palm Springs Art Fair, Aspen Art, SCOPE Miami Beach, Art Market Hamptons, the Axiom Contemporary Gallery in Santa Monica, and Victory Contemporary in Santa Fe. His photographic oeuvre has been featured in articles in Crave Online, Silvershotz Photography Magazine, Fabrik Magazine, and the Huffington Post.
I am an image collector. The things I see, or envision in my mind’s eye, often become meaningful icons that inform my photography. The camera is the mechanism by which I hope to translate that visual imagery into meaningful photographs.
As a young child, I remember staring out the window from the upper berth of a railway sleeper car, long after my parents were asleep, and freeze-framing the nighttime beauty of farms and fences and moonlit reflections in ponds as they raced by to the steady clickety-clack of the wheels on the tracks. I seek to recapture that same sense of wonder and discovery each time I look through the lens, infusing those revelations with fresh feeling and purpose, rich in intangibles, subtextural statements, and conversations.
As one who finds peace in meditation, photography affords me not only artistic expression, but also spiritual nourishment. I am intrigued by unexpected perspective and enigmatic imagery.I am particularly drawn of late to abstract aerial photography, shot from "doors off" helicopters at altitudes of 1200-10,000 feet.
Mark Strickland: Between Heaven and Hell, Fears and Desires
A Retrospective 2001-2011
"Mark Strickland, who defies the mainstream with his unsparing depictions of the worst we human beings do to each other. He requires us, no matter our discomfort, to look at it, and to confront our own responsibility. He does so in a scale, and with a passion that brooks no avoidance on the part of anyone who shares his courage to look barbarity, and cruelty, and misery in the face. His works- look at it! Really, look at it! That’s all he asks- is a maelstrom of conflicting emotion: anger, pain, sadness, grief, shame, guilt, it’s all there, upfront, unavoidable.
And then, finally- let’s not forget this, because it might be overlooked- there’s the bottom line, the one below the suffering. Or above the suffering, perhaps. It’s Strickland’s omnipresent, deeply expressed hope for peace and justice in the world."
The Dortort Center Galleries are located at Hillel at UCLA. The public is invited to view our exhibits Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm (or at other times by special request) when school is in session.
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