JAI NEWS / MAY 2020
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Dear JAI Members and Friends,

I am thinking of all of you very safely sequestered in your homes and studios, but also a little restless by now -- I know I am. JAI has created a very engaging series of artist's presentations called the JAI Cafe which I really hope will help....... We learn about some of our artists members in depth, have a discussion and really create a sense of community. The first two speakers were Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik and Nancy Goodman Lawrence -- each terrific in their own way. Our third speaker: Karen Koblitz, is again different -- a sculptor/ceramicist rather then a drawer/painter collagist, and similarly a very engaging speaker. Karen has done both ambitious mural size commissions -- see the very impressive installation in the Temple Isaiah entry courtyard, as well as more intimately scaled work. So please join us on Monday evening, May 18th at 7:00 on Zoom. It really is a good way to be together in these pandemic times.......

To attend the Cafe, RSVP to board member Georgia Freedman-Harvey with subject line: JAI Cafe RSVP. Instructions for attending this video conference will be sent to you. This is an invitation only event that will require a password.

I hope you are also working on your entries for our virtual exhibition Jewish Artists Initiative Arts Challenge 2020. The theme of From a Narrow Place: Images of Resilience also seems to address our current situation in a very evocative way. ( See below for the guidelines )

Most of all I'm thinking of all of you and sending my very best wishes. May you and your families be safe and secure. Very best wishes, 

 
RUTH WEISBERG, PRESIDENT
JEWISH ARTISTS INITIATIVE of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 
Monday, May 18, 2020  |  7:00 p.m.

I N T R O D U C I N G
JAI Artist Karen Koblitz
Karen Koblitz  •  Artist Statement
Chinese Cabinet, 2015-2017
porcelain, pine and mixed media, 62.5" x 40" x 16.25"

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KarenKoblitz.com
 
Please note: to attend this online JAI Cafe, RSVP to Georgia Freedman-Harvey: gfhtwo@me.com with subject line: JAI Cafe RSVP. This is a limited access event open only to those who RSVP. Special instructions for joining us online - including a password - will be emailed to you before Monday, May 18th.
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Resilience 1, collage on digital collage, and thread, 11" x 14"
Jana Zimmer
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Calling all JAI Members:

You are invited to participate in our first Arts Challenge


The JAI Executive Committee is pleased to announce the first arts challenge open to all JAI members.

The Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, literally means “narrow places.” 

Jewish history has taught us to be resilient, as we have navigated thousands of years of history. Today we find ourselves in similar straits, as a modern plague circles the globe. We invite you to submit an original artwork to be included in both an online virtual exhibition and a JAI exhibit at USC Hillel set for Fall 2020.

Click to view submission guidelines
Deadline to submit artwork is Thursday, June 4th, 2020


We look forward to seeing the work created by our JAI members and to sharing it with the wider community.
SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOR
 
JAI MEMBER Gilah Yelin Hirsch IS THE FEATURED ARTIST

OF THIS VERY FIRST

Matriz Woman Artists Immersive Online Exhibition 

Click here to Visit the Exhibition

In this confinement times, let our work travel, shine, and show. This is our 1st full immersive, online MATRIZ exhibition. We designed a Virtual Reality (VR) gallery-ready and a guided tour. This platform is a great way of showing, reaching, and enjoying art. You can visit, share, and buy art from your house, the whole planet is at home. We hope you are safe and will enjoy it as much as we do. 

May 2 – June 30th
2020
Emergency Resources for Artists and Freelancers 
 
In these uncertain times, when so many in our community face tremendous precarity, CCI continues to update their list of emergency resources and relief funds available to artists and freelancers – click here to view.
 
The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) was founded in 2001 as a California 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to promote knowledge sharing, networking, and financial independence for individuals in the arts by providing business training, grants, and incubating innovative projects that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field, and conditions that contribute to realizing financial self determination.

And... an additional source of useful information: CA CARES: Humanities Relief and Recovery Grants – California Humanities

Plus... Three organizations focusing on visual media have come together to launch an open call for artworks that can fight against a rising tide of misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The initiative, titled Artists Against an #Infodemic, aims to “harness the power of visuals” to “improve public communication and news delivery surrounding COVID-19,” according to organizers, who are soliciting images to promote public-health advice and fight the pernicious effects of racism and xenophobia.

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Shared with JAI by Dan Rothblatt, Executive Vice President
Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
NEW WORK FROM

Raphaele Cohen-Bacry


RaphaeleCohenBacry.com
SIMONE GAD and TRACK 16
collaborating to support
THE GENTLE BARN

At Track 16, we’ve long been fans of Simone Gad and her brutal, playful, and vulnerable work. 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 — as seen here in her mixed-media collage series juxtaposing vintage pin-ups with rescue animals.

It seems only fitting that Simone has generously suggested the Gentle Barn for a charity collaboration with Track 16. We will be donating 50% of the proceeds from this sale to the renowned animal rescue non-profit. Every Simone Gad piece you purchase helps support the Gentle Barn’s life-changing work to rescue and rehabilitate abused animals, while providing hands-on healing interactions with children who have experienced trauma.
 
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Congratulations to Carol Goldmark
JAI's Featured Artist of the Month / May

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