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The JAI board is pleased to present our second virtual exhibition:

Beginnings with No Endings: Hope and Optimism

AUGUST 1 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

 

EXHIBITING ARTISTS
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Renée Amitai  •  Bill Aron  •  Jodi Bonassi  •  Lorraine Bubar  •  Ellen Cantor  •  Raphaele Cohen-Bacry  •  Judy Dekel  •  L. Aviva Diamond  •  Pam Farkas  •  Benny Ferdman  •  Lorin Fife  •  Susan Gesundheit  •  Gail Glikmann  •  Hal Goldberg  •  Carol Goldmark  •  Roger Gordon  •  Betty Green  •  Lucie Hinden  •  Gilah Yelin Hirsch  •  Eva Hyam  •  Nancy Goodman Lawrence  •  Lucinda Luvaas  •  Monica Marks  •  Randi Matushevitz  •  Rivka Nehorai  •  Andrea Raft  •  Marleene Rubenstein  •  Masha Schweitzer  •  Hillel Smith  •  Melinda Smith Altshuler  •  Nancy Kay Turner  •  Ruth Weisberg  •  Cathy Weiss

JAI Featured Artists/August

Diane Karpel and Monica Marks

Diane Karpel

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Diane Karpel:

Landscape is not an image, not even a place, but the residue of an experience. It marks the moment when the world is viewed anew.

I have had opportunities to travel the world, to gain a sense of place. For me, it is the immediate experience of distant lands and this proximity of distance that is the spark that ignites the mystery in a place. Portions of these environments take shape compositionally without betraying their uniqueness. Winding pathways, bodies of water, abrupt barriers, broad plains, fixed and fleeting structures, ancient people and towering mountains are integrated as subjects before my eyes and on my canvases.

In my paintings, a sense of intrigue is transposed into boldness of color. It is this vital spark of color that animates every landscape. I attempt to transport the viewer to the places I have been, the experiences I have had, the eyes with which I have seen. I carry this mission out through boldness of color and immediacy of the texture. Feeling, not likeness, connects me to the land through my canvas.

It is what I call landscape.

Featured Artwork:

Serengeti Sunset, 2015

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Website: DianeKarpel.com

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Diane Karpel:

Landscape is not an image, not even a place, but the residue of an experience. It marks the moment when the world is viewed anew.

I have had opportunities to travel the world, to gain a sense of place. For me, it is the immediate experience of distant lands and this proximity of distance that is the spark that ignites the mystery in a place. Portions of these environments take shape compositionally without betraying their uniqueness. Winding pathways, bodies of water, abrupt barriers, broad plains, fixed and fleeting structures, ancient people and towering mountains are integrated as subjects before my eyes and on my canvases.

In my paintings, a sense of intrigue is transposed into boldness of color. It is this vital spark of color that animates every landscape. I attempt to transport the viewer to the places I have been, the experiences I have had, the eyes with which I have seen. I carry this mission out through boldness of color and immediacy of the texture. Feeling, not likeness, connects me to the land through my canvas.

It is what I call landscape.

Featured Artwork:

Serengeti Sunset, 2015

Website: DianeKarpel.com

Monica Marks

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Monica Marks:

A lifelong “Angelino,” Monica Rickler Marks is a collage/assemblage artist living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She received her BA in Art from California State University, Northridge, and her MA in Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University. Monica, a licensed Marital and Family Therapist, and a registered Art Therapist, believes strongly in the power of expressive arts to promote emotional growth and healing. Monica lives in the San Fernando Valley and creates in her studio, a cozy building in her backyard.

“I want to erase the stigma of mental illness and disabilities through imagery and words in mixed media collages and assemblages; my work utilizes a combination of found objects, paint, and sculpted materials. My pieces reflect emotional struggles that are both intimate and universal, using themes of personal identity as they relate to Judaism, politics, parenting, feminism, and disabilities. I explore what we keep hidden below the surface, which is what my solo exhibition is about. My passion is to create art that speaks to my own experience and feelings, and for my art to help others feel seen and heard.”

Featured Artwork:

Shadow Self, 2021 (The Mask Series)
mixed media collage with plaster mask, pencil, acrylic and spray paint, Black 3.0 and found objects, 20″ x 20″

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Monica Marks Solo Exhibition open now thru August 20th
In person viewing by appointment only, please email

Website: MonicaMarksArt.com
Facebook: MonicaMarksArt | Instagram: #monicamarksart

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Monica Marks:

A lifelong “Angelino,” Monica Rickler Marks is a collage/assemblage artist living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She received her BA in Art from California State University, Northridge, and her MA in Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University. Monica, a licensed Marital and Family Therapist, and a registered Art Therapist, believes strongly in the power of expressive arts to promote emotional growth and healing. Monica lives in the San Fernando Valley and creates in her studio, a cozy building in her backyard.

“I want to erase the stigma of mental illness and disabilities through imagery and words in mixed media collages and assemblages; my work utilizes a combination of found objects, paint, and sculpted materials. My pieces reflect emotional struggles that are both intimate and universal, using themes of personal identity as they relate to Judaism, politics, parenting, feminism, and disabilities. I explore what we keep hidden below the surface, which is what my solo exhibition is about. My passion is to create art that speaks to my own experience and feelings, and for my art to help others feel seen and heard.”

Featured Artwork:

Shadow Self, 2021 (The Mask Series)
mixed media collage with plaster mask, pencil, acrylic and spray paint, Black 3.0 and found objects, 20″ x 20″

Monica Marks Solo Exhibition open now thru August 20th
In person viewing by appointment only, please email

Website: MonicaMarksArt.com
Facebook: MonicaMarksArt | Instagram: #monicamarksart

 

About JAI

 

The Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is a Southern California arts organization committed to fostering visual art by Jewish artists and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity and related issues among members of the arts community. We very actively organize exhibitions, programs, as well as study sessions for our members. We currently have a membership of over 130 Artists and Arts Professionals.

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 Membership in the navigation links at the top or bottom of any page. Questions: contact JAI at admin@jaisocal.org