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I N   M E M O R I A M

“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.”

Karen Frimkess Wolff z"l

Our Artist member, Karen Frimkess Wolff passed on March 1st
Karen was an academic, publishing in Leonardo Magazine, teaching art history at the Braille Institute and developing a curriculum that enriched and informed many lives. She died of lung cancer - not a smoker.

She moderated Crit Groups for SITE and Gallery 825 (if I am not mistaken). She was an early member of SITE and her art practice was conceptual with early sound installations. She exhibited nationally and internationally. 

Her style of communication was reflected in her art and words. She was quiet, not shy and a fountain of academic information. Her measured way of speaking wasted no words and were always deep. She leaves many friends.

She was a dear friend and powerful art force in my art life.

Melinda Smith Altshuler
JAI Executive Board Member
Holocaust Survivor Jack Pariser | Photo by Bill Aron

Faces of Resilience, Faith and the Human Spirit: Bill Aron, Dina Dar & Dave Fox

Curated by Georgia Freedman-Harvey

March 29 - April 29, 2020
Alpert JCC, Long Beach

The artwork of Bill Aron, Dina Dar and Dave Fox tell stories of determination, hope, faith, resilience and the power of the human spirit to thrive even after the darkness of the Holocaust. 

Dina Dar and Dave Fox were both born in Europe. They would have their identity and lives shaped by the events of the Holocaust, and their artwork is a reflection of their resiliency to survive and to still find beauty in life. JAI member Bill Aron will exhibit a selection of portraits of Holocaust survivors from the series The Indestructible Spirit, commissioned by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University in conjunction with The 1939 Society. All of the artworks resonate the strength of the human spirit, and what each of us can achieve.
Dear Friends,

I am most grateful for your continuing interest in my work. In response to inquiries regarding where I will be presenting my work next, please note the list of various upcoming events.

Perhaps I will have the pleasure of meeting you there.

With warmest wishes,


March 12: Visiting Artist at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

March: Judging for Ecowrite, Intek America, Inc. art competition for Elementary, Middle School and High School Students

April 23-26: 3-hour experiential workshop on The Very Image of Health: Somatic Visualization Protocol for Adults and Children at the LA Summit for Expressive Therapy conference, LA Airport Hilton, sponsored by UCLA Arts and Healing

June 1-15: Representing the U.S., International Painters’ Symposium, Tourves, France

October 3: Archeology of Metaphor, Retrospective exhibition opens at OCCCA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Visit gilah.com
Featuring JAI Artists Ruth Weisberg, Jodi Bonassi and Aline Mare

SoLA Contemporary
3718 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles
Dear Jewish Artist Initiative,

Would you like to nominate a phenomenal artist for the Pardes Arts & Culture Fellowship? We are looking for the strongest candidates for our 2020-21 cohort, and we think that you may know some great folks through the JAI network.

The Fellowship, as a part of the Pardes Year/Semester Program in Jerusalem, is reserved for outstanding post-college with rich backgrounds in a variety of creative media, and/or in arts education. The Arts & Culture Fellows will submit a proposal for a year-long creative project that will be informed by their intensive Jewish text study, will create arts programming for the community, and be connected with a mentor from within the Pardes network. Ideal candidates are also excited about personal growth through immersive Jewish learning and living in Jerusalem. Arts & Culture Fellows receive a guaranteed living expenses grant and highly subsidized Year Program tuition.

You can nominate someone by either sharing this information with them to submit their own application, or by sending me their full name and email address, at which point I will reach out personally about their nomination. Year Program and Fellowship applications are due March 22nd, so please submit nominations ASAP to ensure nominees have enough time to work on their applications!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

Director of North American Engagement
Pardes Summer Program

PS- We are also holding a Year/Semester Program Informational Webinar soon on March 5th. Please share this sign up link with anyone who might be interested in learning more about Pardes!
Congratulations to Susan Gesundheit  •  JAI's Featured Artist of the Month / March

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