Contemporary Expressions: Jewish Artists

Opening reception for an exhibit of over 30 paintings, etchints, prints, photographs, and more.

When: Sunday, July 12, 2009, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Art (opening)


A selection of over 30 paintings, etchings, prints, photographs, works on paper, mixed assemblage, and sculptures from accomplished artists whose ages range upward through four generations. These include local and nationally recognized artists, including: Rebekah Altman, Rita Blitt, Chantal Braley, Jordyn Feiger, Louise Gerber, Gadi Hakim, Marilyn Hochhauser, Norman Jaffe, Rose Jaffe, Erika Kahn, Marsha Keating, Barbara Kuhn, Eyal Nahmias, Chelsea Owens, Ross Payson, Bonnie Rand, Joan Rosenberg-Dent, Maria Segal, Lita Singer, Margaret Singer, Morris Squire and Jana Zimmer.

With its emphasis on high quality artworks, this collection provides a chance to appreciate the many ways in which artists young and old, male and female, convey their essence, physicality, experience, and the role that ethnicity plays in their creative process. Lynn Holley, curator and inspiration of the show, said, "We wanted to explore how one's cultural heritage impacts artistic expression, whether in writing, music or in the visual and performing arts. In some cases this is overt; in others, it's more subtle."

Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D., a sociologist at Brandeis University, posed a question to contemporary Jewish artist Rita Blitt: "Is Jewish art any art produced by a Jewish artist, regardless of content? Is Jewish art any art product that focuses on a specifically Jewish theme? Where does the Jewishness lie -- in the artist or in the art?"

The artists and art reflect a diversity in gender, age, subject matter and medium that makes it a compelling and creative exhibition for the greater Santa Barbara community.

Phone: 805-957-1115

Event posted July 1, 2009
Last updated Jan. 11, 2010


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