JAI Featured Artist/January 2023
JAI Featured Artist
JAI Featured Artist
I first began to study painting at the Brentwood Art Center in Los Angeles. I have since moved to the Coachella Valley and I have been painting for 30 years. I have developed into a Mixed Media Artist, leaning towards abstraction, using texture, acrylic paint, collage and found objects as part of my art making process.
This current body of work was inspired by my love of nature and the principles of “Forest Bathing” or Shinrin-Yoku. The practice of going into the forest, for a healing and meditative experience. A connection to nature and to the trees has a profound effect on the soul of man. Taking in the forest atmosphere is all about slowing down and bathing yourself in in the beauty of nature.
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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
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