This month marks a major transition for the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California-- the JAI. We were founded in 2004 by a group of 25 artists and curators, and I was elected President. I have been President or in the early years Co-President, for the past 16 years. We have thrived and grown and made many significant contributions to Jewish life and art in Southern California, nationally, and in Israel. It has been truly a great satisfaction-- and an honor to serve as your President. We are now in a period of growth despite the pandemic, and there is a terrific and talented cohort who will take over the JAI reins.
I want to thank our President-elect Georgia Freedman-Harvey, along with Anne Hromadka Greenwald and Debra Sokolow, for their generous ongoing vision for the future of JAI. We are blessed with a very dedicated Board. I also want to wholeheartedly thank our webmaster, Chris Garland, who has been such an enormous help to the organization and me. There are so many people to thank both on and off the Board.
I hope you will all join us on Sunday, October 25, at 4:00 PM on Zoom for a special cafe about my art practice and celebrating our first 16 years of JAI. (For RSVP information, see below.)
With gratitude and affection, Ruth
RUTH WEISBERG JEWISH ARTISTS INITIATIVE of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Dear JAI Community,
It is with much gratitude that we thank Ruth for all her years serving as JAI’s president and guiding force. JAI has grown in size and activities over its first 16 years, and I am honored to now take over as the president of JAI. The board has been working over the past several months to begin to think about the future of JAI. We are excited to share with all of you, over the months ahead, what we have been discussing and planning. Please join us at Ruth’s Cafe on Sunday, October 25th as we honor Ruth and announce the new look of the board.
Sunday, October 25, 2020 | 4-5 p.m. C E L E B R A T I N G RUTH WEISBERG
This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Ruth and thank her for all she has done for JAI.
Click the button above to RSVP and reserve your login and password for this special Zoom online event:
Sunday, October 25th, 4-5 p.m.PDT
Deadline to RSVP is Saturday, October 24th
A group Zoom invitation will be sent on the day of the Cafe
Dive into the vibrant Israeli Art scene in Hebrew
Join master Israeli curator Sagi Refael as he takes you through a virtual tour and discussion of the contemporary Israeli art scene and, at the same time, enrich your Hebrew vocabulary and discourse.
This is a Special 2 Day Zoom Event:
Thursday, October 15th, 10 a.m. - noon
Thursday, October 22nd, 10 a.m. - noon
I am taking a break from the current world events in my work to look to nature. It is a journey to remind myself that beauty is present. My current passion is birds, inspired by my dear friend, Leonard Greco.
I have always used animals in my work so this is a natural path. I have begun to create my interpretation of birds. I wish I could soar like a bird to a place of beauty. So far I have done 4 finished mixed media drawings, one bird postcard, and a few tiny drawings of birds for a miniature show in December. My goal is to complete 20 to 25 mixed media drawings with a few paintings for this series.
Here is one of my drawings from the series (Image: Touraco (detail), 2020, mixed media drawing on archival paper, 30 x 22 inches).
There are 18 different species of touraco (some spell it turaco) mostly found in Southern Africa and in the Swiss Mountains. Most are varied in size and are known to eat fruits and seeds and classified as plantain-eaters. They are fruit eating birds and extremely colorful with an elegant crest that varies from bird to bird. Most are green and red, but the rare purple pigments can be seen in Switzerland and is considered their National Bird.
I have a new collaborative project with Snezana Petrovic. We have launched a website: SOS-Siren.com which will be our platform for live open dialogues, studio visits with artists who are underrepresented, new video projects and so much more; all of which are part of Maiden LA.
Simone Gad's collage drawings are brutal, playful, and kinetic consisting of rescued animals drawn amongst vintage nude pinup collage. Combining the vulnerability of both the models and the rescues, she’s relating her own desire for being rescued—how they might rescue each other from the trauma of being objects to be discarded. The daughter of Polish immigrants and Holocaust survivors, Simone moved to Los Angeles in 1951. At age 73, Simone’s work continues to explore themes of trauma and survival.