Jodi Bonassi

Monday, May 30th, 7:00 PM

Join the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) for a virtual studio visit and conversation with artist member Jodi Bonassi.

I am an LA native. I have had an active art practice since 1991. Over the years my work has been seen as expressionism, social realism, historical painting, political art, surreal, decorative and more. The title doesn’t matter.

My new bird series is a new focus of my work. I have always added animals into my figurative works of people so this is a natural progression and has become a new passion. As I look for serenity within the chaos I have been getting into nature more and more. The natural world has captured my attention. It is my wish to understand how to safeguard our wildlife and inspire others to feel connected to what is real. We must slow down and appreciate the incredible beauty of nature.

 


Jodi Bonassi

Monday, May 30th, 7:00 PM

Join the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) for a virtual studio visit and conversation with artist member Jodi Bonassi.

I am an LA native. I have had an active art practice since 1991. Over the years my work has been seen as expressionism, social realism, historical painting, political art, surreal, decorative and more. The title doesn’t matter.

My new bird series is a new focus of my work. I have always added animals into my figurative works of people so this is a natural progression and has become a new passion. As I look for serenity within the chaos I have been getting into nature more and more. The natural world has captured my attention. It is my wish to understand how to safeguard our wildlife and inspire others to feel connected to what is real. We must slow down and appreciate the incredible beauty of nature.

JAI Featured Artist/May 2022

Debra Sokolow

JAI Featured Artist

Debra Sokolow

May 2022

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The story of Vicolo ad Assisi
Acrylic, 36″ x 24″ on board

Assisi is a mystical hilltop town in Italy, home of Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order. A couple years ago I took a two-week plein air painting workshop. When I shared my plans with my friend Melody, she signed up for the creative writing workshop. We spent two wonderful weeks together. During the day we were immersed in inspiring workshops, and spent our evenings and weekends exploring this magical town. Melody was working on a novel about faeries, Between the Song and the Sigh. Assisi was a perfect site for both of us – filled with sacred spaces, meandering alleyways, and spiritual seekers.

Travel is an inspiration for my artwork. When the pandemic happened, travel was not an option. I looked through my photos of Assisi and landed on this alleyway. I had visited it a couple times and painted small studies, captivated by the reflected light and surfaces. Like so many alleys in Italy, you never know what is around the curve, only the certainty that the light will guide your way. I painted Vicolo ad Assisi in memory of my dear friend who passed away a year ago.

More Melody Stevenson Mansfield’s books: The Life Stone of Singing Bird, A Bug Collection, The Woman That Wouldn’t Die (loved this performance), Cupboard Music, and check Wildfire Magazine Publications.

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Please visit my website to view my Art Galleries and Art & Architecture Lessons:

DebraSokolow.com

The story of Vicolo ad Assisi
Acrylic, 36″ x 24″ on board

Assisi is a mystical hilltop town in Italy, home of Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order. A couple years ago I took a two-week plein air painting workshop. When I shared my plans with my friend Melody, she signed up for the creative writing workshop. We spent two wonderful weeks together. During the day we were immersed in inspiring workshops, and spent our evenings and weekends exploring this magical town. Melody was working on a novel about faeries, Between the Song and the Sigh. Assisi was a perfect site for both of us – filled with sacred spaces, meandering alleyways, and spiritual seekers.

Travel is an inspiration for my artwork. When the pandemic happened, travel was not an option. I looked through my photos of Assisi and landed on this alleyway. I had visited it a couple times and painted small studies, captivated by the reflected light and surfaces. Like so many alleys in Italy, you never know what is around the curve, only the certainty that the light will guide your way. I painted Vicolo ad Assisi in memory of my dear friend who passed away a year ago.

More Melody Stevenson Mansfield’s books: The Life Stone of Singing Bird, A Bug Collection, The Woman That Wouldn’t Die (loved this performance), Cupboard Music, and check Wildfire Magazine Publications.

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Please visit my website to view my Art Galleries and Art & Architecture Lessons:

DebraSokolow.com

 

About JAI

 

Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is a Southern California organization committed to supporting Jewish artists and arts professionals. JAI aspires to be an agent of transformative change by organizing provocative exhibitions and thoughtful programs promoting diverse dialogue about Jewish identity and experiences. Founded in 2004, JAI remains committed to fostering Jewish culture in our community and beyond.

MISSION AND HISTORY

JAI was conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in 2004. It was originally in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. For many years we have been under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Members include primarily artists, as well as curators and art historians based in Southern California. The artists go through a jurying process to be admitted as members.

We have collaborated with a great range of Southern California institutions including American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, UCLA Hillel and USC Hillel as well as a variety of art galleries and public spaces. We have also worked and exhibited in institutions in other parts of the United States and Israel such as the Jewish Art Salon, Hebrew Union College, New York, the New York UJA and the Jerusalem Biennale.

JAI Executive Committee: Melinda Smith Altshuler, Bill Aron, Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, President Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Anne Hromadka Greenwald, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Randi Matushevitz, Hillel Smith, Debra Sokolow and Ruth Weisberg

How to Become a JAI Member: JAI welcomes applications for membership from artists and arts professionals. For how to apply and to view the selection criteria click on Join JAI in the navigation links at the top or bottom of any page. Questions: contact JAI at admin@jaisocal.org