JAI NEWS / JUNE 2020
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Dear JAI Members and Friends,

We are all so ready to see this pandemic end so we can gather together and share our art and our thoughts in person. Still it’s clear we will have to be patient for a while longer. In the meantime let’s create as much dialogue and fellowship as possible given our present circumstances.

The online JAI Cafe series has been a terrific way to gather given the constraints – and a great success. I hope to see as many of you as possible via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22nd gathered together in memory of our wonderful and very gifted friend Karen Frimkess Wolff z"l. Her dear friend and artistic collaborator Dori Atlantis will speak about Karen’s life and work. 

The JAI Arts Challenge organized by Georgia Freedman-Harvey is another valuable way to share our work in these pandemic times, and ultimately to see the work and each other in person when it becomes possible. We are hoping for an exhibition at USC Hillel in the Fall. 

Every good wish for your safety, well-being and the continuation of your inspired work.

 
RUTH WEISBERG, PRESIDENT
JEWISH ARTISTS INITIATIVE of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Next JAI Cafe: Monday, June 22nd

We will be honoring the memory of longtime member Karen Frimkess Wolff
 
Monday, June 22, 2020  |  7:00 p.m.

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Celebrating Karen Frimkess Wolff

Karen was a member of JAI for many years. Her work had been included in the Jerusalem Biennale and many of JAI's exhibitions. She was known for her installations using bells, her drawings and her work with the artist Dori Atlantis.

Dori, her longtime friend and collaborator, will guide us through the evening to honor the memory of Karen.
 

Karen Frimkess Wolff z"l

December 30, 1940 - February 29, 2020

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Karen saw her work in the following way:
 
The ephemeral nature of particular lives set into the ground and framework of landscape has been a primary interest and theme of my drawings, constructions and installations. I take images and materials at face value and for their symbolic value.

Drawing is my way of thinking so I make drawings about everything that concerns me. In my installations I turn my drawings into interactive experiences. I am always looking at relationships between things and thoughts, inquiring into my veneration and awe of natural processes and phenomena. I want to notice carefully, to be grateful for beauty, to balance nature, artifice and my human contrivance.
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Monday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
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Monday, June 22nd.
FROM: RUTH WEISBERG
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Dear  JAI Members, 

We've received a request from very prominent New York based author Matthew Baigell who asked us to convey these important questions to our membership. Please take the time to respond to his questions so that he can also include our West Coast perspective.
 
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I am collecting material for an article from artists who explore Jewish themes, and am asking for any answers to the questions listed below that you might be willing to share with me. My email address for this project is: mebaigell@gmail.com. I will close down that address in mid-July.
  1. What has prompted you to explore Jewish-themed subject matter and does that still hold in today's climate?
  2. Do you have a special process by which you arrive at a finished work?
  3. Are you bothered by the relative neglect by mainstream museums, galleries, critics, and art historians?
  4. Do you have stories to tell in this regard?

I look forward to hearing from one and all. Please send  your response to: mebaigell@gmail.com.

Many thanks,  Matthew Baigell
From: JAI Artist Sandra Lauterbach

I am thrilled that Red Jasmine was accepted into Fiber 2020 at Silvermine Galleries in Connecticut. We planned to combine a visit to the opening reception with spending time in NYC. Covid-19 changed our plans. The neat thing is that Silvermine has arranged that each artist gives a talk about their art/process/background on video. Click here to watch my video. Hope you will find it informative and interesting!
Libertas, 2020, Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 60 inches
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From: JAI Artist Jodi Bonassi

Galleries and museums are opening their doors. The 99% is up! There is a lovely virtual showing, but I would love for you to see the show in real time with precautions in place.

If you are planning to go to the gallery, I would be happy to meet you there! We can hang out in social distancing fashion, talk about the art and I can answer any questions you might have. If you draw, bring your sketchbook – I would love to see it!

Please message me via Facebook, email me or contact the gallery to have a safe personal experience.
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Mash Gallery

1325 Palmetto Street, Suite 130, Los Angeles, CA 90013

213-325-2759
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm

www.mashgallery.com
@mash_gallery
A N N O U N C I N G

Bleifer InPrint.com
I was conflicted about announcing this project at a time that we are all so totally consumed with major life and death issues. But, I was feeling the need to set up a forum for the intersection of my artwork and my social engagement. I believe artists have a role to play in reflecting and interceding in what goes on in the world around them.
S A N D Y   B L E I F E R
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I am pleased to launch BleiferInPrint.com – a website that features my publications, prints, clothing designs, and serves as a forum for some of my extended creative enterprises and interests. 

A dynamic feature of this new website is my periodic blog: Conversations providing a forum for broader discussions that concern me within and beyond the art world.
Visit My Blog: Conversations
And Now We Are Free, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 64" x 80"
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Current Newsletter from Gilah Yelin Hirsch

Life Intervenes: the New Reality

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Anne Hromadka Greenwald loved the ten summers she spent as a camper and staff member at her camp in the Black Forest of Colorado. She knows how sacred and important camp can be. Since most camps will stay closed this summer, she wanted to make sure kids got a bit of that magic by launching a virtual arts camp just for them:

Camp Craft Haus is a twice-a-week art camp experience designed  to help fill the gap. These are tough times, and virtual communities can help children connect, learn, and have fun during what could otherwise be a very long summer. 

But, we know that kids (and adults!) can’t spend all day on Zoom. That’s why each session lasts only one hour, just twice a week - so kids will have lots of screen-free time to just play. All our sessions will be focused and active, with kids making art, following along with demonstrations, and sharing their creations with their friends, while learning  skills for how to continue art-making on their own.

Camp Craft Haus will add a fun, creative outlet for your kids this summer. We are #inthistogether,  so #letsgetcrafty!
 
Hello all,

Sarah Pavsner Mael and I are looking for a studiomate for our Arts District studio. If you know of anyone looking for a space, please share information with them. Thank you for helping spread the word. -- Michelle

$325 / 184 sq. ft. – Arts District Studio Share • Available now!

Studio share with printmakers Michelle Rozic and Sarah Pavsner Mael. Email michellerozic@gmail.com if interested or with questions. Please include what type of work you do, along with a link to your website and/or social media.
 
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Congratulations to Roger Gordon
JAI Featured Artist of the Month / June

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