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JAI All Members Exhibition


Exhibition Dates: September 1st thru October 16th, 2022

Opening Reception and Celebration: Sunday, September 18th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Remarks at 4:00 p.m.

Exhibition Venue: USC Hillel Art Gallery, 3300 S. Hoover Blvd., Los Angeles

Street parking can be limited, please carpool/Uber or park across the street in the paid USC Village Lot: 3301 South Hoover Street


Artworks from 22 JAI Members on Display in Celebration of Our 18th Year!

Melinda Smith Altshuler • Renee Amitai • Bill Aron • Joan Baral • Jodi Bonassi • Raphaele Cohen-Bacry • Judy Dekel • Bruria Finkel • Susan Gesundheit • Anita Getzler • Gail Glickmann • Roger Gordon • Gilah Yelin Hirsch • Nancy Goodman Lawrence • Linda Levy • Monica Marks • Randi Matushevitz • Debra Sokolow • Nancy Kay Turner • Ruth Weisberg • Cathy Weiss • Jana Zimmer

Many ancestral traditions place particular spiritual significance on numbers. Numbers like 12 (the signs of the Zodiac), 5 (the alchemical elements), and 7 (the days of Creation) have mystical value in many traditions. Some indigenous North American cultures prefer even numbers in their patterns and designs. Chinese culture sees the number 4 as unlucky and may skip this floor in building plans. American buildings often lack the 13th floor for the same reason.

Jews have a long fascination with numbers and their symbolism. According to an ancient system of spiritual mathematics called gematria, each Hebrew letter is assigned a corresponding number value. By adding and combining letters, one can discover supposedly coded messages within our sacred texts. Perhaps the most widely known example of gematria is the attention paid to the number 18, corresponding to the 2 letters that make up the word chai, or life.

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JAI Featured Artist / September 2022

Joan Mall Baral

Night Poppies, monotype, 18″ x 20″
  • Over a lifetime of making and teaching art, I have explored many materials, and processes.
  • I am retired from LAUSD after 30 years of instructing children and adult professional development.
  • I have many strong creative areas: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and various Printmaking techniques, most recently painterly Monotype.
  • I explore multiple subjects and themes.
  • I am experimenting with layering inks, sequencing shape, color, texture and pattern.
  • I sometimes work spontaneously and experimentally. Or, I draw my concept and place that sketch under a clear plexiglass plate to guide my painting in ink on the plate.
  • The printed image is reversed. Each piece is a challenge.
  • Beauty in Nature, People, and Great Art inspires me to respond visually in Monotype.
Mirage, monotype, 18″ x 16″

Still Life with Bear, monotype, 20″ x 18″

Pond, monotype, 20″ x 18″
Facebook: Joan Mall Baral  |  Instagram: joan.mall.baral
Sharing from Gilah Yelin Hirsch
Infinitely Connected, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 24" diameter

“This retrospective celebrates Canadian American artist Gilah Yelin Hirsch who is an influential professor of art and a pioneer of the Feminist art movement in California. Meaning has always been Hirsch’s primary subject matter. She has continually searched for substance beyond the obvious.” -- OCCCA

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art  (OCCCA)
117 North Sycamore Street  |  Santa Ana, CA  92701

Located in downtown Santa Ana Artists Village

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Sharing from Cathy Weiss
Sharing from Ayin Es
Ongoing thru OCTOBER 22, 2022
Rabbit House, 2022., oil on gessoboard, 16" x 20"
Craig Krull Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., B3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-6410

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturdays: 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Artist's talk, moderated by LA WEEKLY arts editor and critic, Shana Nys Dambrot on Saturday, October 1st at 11:00 a.m.


This solo exhibition by Ayin Es surveys the high desert of Southern California and is the artist's personal inspection of what it means to possess, own, or hold land in the Mojave.

Through a series of oil paintings, watercolors, and preliminary drawings, Es expresses their sense of play in an attempt to change the conventional perspective of ownership of property by removing the limitations of how we formalize these ideas.


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