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Artist Reception: Sunday September 21, 1-3 p.m.
Geri and Sheryl have independently developed their artistic talents and love of Judaism in two nature-related themes: celebration of the joys of Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, and multiple reflections on doves, small birds and flowers.
Geri’s impressionistic paintings in celebration of Tu B’Shevat glorify the beauty of trees, fruits and flowers. Trees, with their many colors, shapes and sizes, decorate our world and were the first place where God chose to put Adam and Eve. Trees provide people and animals with many foods and fruits that are reflected in Geri’s paintings. Indeed, God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, filled with trees, fruits and flowers, and their sole divinely ordained task was to tend to those trees.
Trees provide shade for people and animals, and when the leaves fall from their trees in the autumn, portrayed in Geri’s paintings, they make the earth richer as they turn into food for other plants, including the many fruits and flowers portrayed in Geri’s impressionistic paintings and collages.
The dove symbolizes peace--in Noah and the Ark God sends down a dove as a sign of peace. It is a symbol as well of purity, love, tenderness, and hope. Its gentleness and grace are used as a simile for female beauty and tenderness. As a result of its faithfulness to its mate it is also a symbol of marital fidelity and devotion. Geri has represented the dove as well as other small birds in her many collages, using a bird-like shape to contain an explosion of patterns and colors and designed to be hung throughout our homes.
Sheryl’s pottery is replete with miniature birds decorating her pots, planters and urns. They are able to attach themselves with ease to many containers of varied sizes and colors that reflect her obsession with ceramics. Birds have always been a part of Sheryl’s home life. Each of her pieces is unique, hand thrown on the wheel, sculpted, glazed and signed by hand. No two pieces are the same, as she allows each piece to evolve during creation.
The Slutzky Art Gallery located at the Merage Jewish Community Center seeks artists of all disciplines - including but not limited to - painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture and ceramics, for our 2015 calendar.
The JCC Slutzky Art Gallery's mission is to promote quality Jewish art and artists. We are looking for artists that involve Jewish content within their work or are inspired by Jewish values and concepts.
For more information or to apply, please contact Sandra Hodgkins at (949) 435-3400 ext. 161 or SandraH@jccoc.org.