#ArtLitPhx: Tikkun Olam 3-Repairing the World Exhibition

#artlitphxEvent Description:

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) presents Tikkun Olam 3 – Repairing the World  (TO3) exhibition is a significant and timely mixed media art exhibition curated by respected environmental artist Joan Baron. This exhibition showcases thought provoking and beautiful contemporary art by exceptional Arizona artists that raise awareness and address the theme of “Tikkun Olam: “repairing the world” and “not to stand idly by.”

Seven acclaimed Arizona based artists were invited by Baron to be apart of this powerful exhibition include:  Susan Beiner, Liz Cohen, Fatimah Halim, Marie Jones, Janelle L. Stanley, Christine Lee and Deborah H. Sussman, who created new works that explore climate change, environmental justice and sustainability through ceramics, wood, fiber, drawings, printmaking, textiles, graphic design, text pieces and spoken word performances.

The exhibition consists of three key components: The Power of Art, The Power of Food, and The Power of Words. This collaborative presentation by this talented group of artists highlights the ways in which art and artists can help to heal our world. As we all seek understanding and inspiration as to our role within these challenges, along comes a mixed media art exhibition that looks at these very imperatives.  Tackling social and political issues of our times without focusing on the political is the goal of Tikkun Olan 3. How the artists use materials in unexpected ways makes this exhibition intriguing and exciting.

The original idea for a series of shows where artists would explore this concept began with a show of Beth Ames Swartz paintings at the gallery several years ago. Her passion to bring forward the spiritual aspects of how to live peacefully in the world around us through art was significant in establishing and building a relationship with the Jewish Cultural Center. The response has been quite positive as we continue to engage with our growing population.

The Opening Reception for Tikkun Olam 3 – Repairing the World  will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. During the reception, Baron has planned a special presentation of specialty lite bites prepared by Chef Sasha Raj owner of 24 Carrots Restaurant and Chef Danielle Leoni, owner of The Breadfruit and Rum Bar, while sharing how they incorporate the principles of Tikkun Olam into their work. Together with organic farmer, Maya Dailey, they will present delicious seasonal foods that reflect our unique region. Two films will be shown during the run of the art exhibition in the small auditorium adjacent to the gallery: “SEED: The Untold Story” and “Tomorrow”, selected by Baron to illicit discussion and reflection on reaching our collective highest potential. Check the Website for TO3 for dates and times https://azjhs.org/. There will also be activities for children during the opening and the dedication of a raised garden bed to the Center.

This exhibition will be installed in the newly renovated Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Centera historic former synagogue and church that now serves the community as a museum, cultural center, and event venue. Built in 1921, this historic Phoenix landmark served as Phoenix, Arizona’s first synagogue. The center is a Phoenix Point of Pride and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Exhibitions and programs educate the public about Jewish heritage as well as the diverse history of Arizona.

Tikkun Olam 3 – Repairing the World  will be on display through January 23, 2019. The gallery is open for First and Third Fridays of each month from 6:00pm until 9:00 pm (or by appointment). The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is located at 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix 85004 (Free parking available on site). For more information about this exhibition or AZJHS visit (www.azjhs.org). Direct all exhibition inquires to Joan Baron 602-616-0223 or email joanebaron@gmail.com. AZJHS inquires refer to Executive Director, Lawrence Bell, PhD by phone: 602-241-7870 or email: LBell@azjhs.org.

Link to Official Press Release

#ArtLitPhx: “Sweet is the Swamp” a Solo Exhibition by Betsy Schneider Opens

Betsy SchneiderThe Northlight Gallery will be exhibiting Betsy Schneider’s Series, Sweet is the Swamp, from October 30th through November 21st. Betsy Schneider is a faculty member at ASU as well as Harvard university. In this series, her work follows her own children and their friends, and brings the viewer through the perils and joys of growing up. The work explores the issues of family, masculinity and femininity, and the concept of the public and private space.

All are welcome to join the opening on October 30th, from 6 to 9pm.

Betsy will be giving a gallery talk at 7pm, during the reception.

North light Gallery is located at Matthews Hall, Tempe, AZ 85287

 

Art Intersection – The Gilbert Art Hub

Each week we feature a blog post by one of our many talented interns here at Superstition Review. This week’s contribution comes from Student Editor-in-Chief Sam Allen. 

The venue that hosted our April 6th Issue 9 launch party is difficult to describe. Dubbed Art Intersection, the building boasts an art gallery, a fully-functional photography lab, as well as an educational facility. Though AI is nationally recognized for their community of photographers, they also host a variety of writing workshops and book-making classes. They take the name “Art Intersection” seriously – this is a place where art of all kinds intersect and overlap and where creative people can get together to exchange ideas and inspiration.

Art Intersection is perfectly placed in the history-rich Heritage District of Gilbert, Arizona. This Phoenix suburb is not normally known for its art, but founder Alan Fitzgerald was determined to establish an arts community in his hometown of Gilbert, Arizona. Though this neighborhood has yet to make a big mark on the map – in fact, my visit there was a first time for me – it feels perfect for the eclectic arts venue. The antique Gilbert Water Tower overlooks the Heritage District, whose Old West style buildings would look at home in a John Wayne movie. It’s not hard to imagine this neighborhood’s history as a railroad outpost and, later, “Hay Farming Capitol of the World.”

But this city is nothing like a ghost town, and its Old West feel starts to ebb as you begin browsing the gallery at Art Intersection or dining at any of the restaurants that have sprung up in the area. Just below Art Intersection is a spot called Romeo’s Euro Café that looks like it came straight from the streets of Rome. Across the street, Joe’s Real Barbeque serves some of the best BBQ in the Valley. Postino WineCafé recently moved into the neighborhood, right across from Liberty Market, a self-identified “unpretentious urban bistro.”

The Gilbert Heritage District is enthusiastically unpretentious, which is why Art Intersection fits right in. In an article published by the Phoenix New Times, Art Intersection’s Program Director Carol Panaro-Smith says, “We don’t want to be a snooty place, where you’re afraid to ask questions. We want you to be able to say, ‘what the heck is this art about?’” The bright second story gallery succeeds in this endeavor marvelously. The space is charming in its simplicity, beautiful but comfortable, and above all, welcoming.

We’re thrilled to collaborate with such an extraordinary arts community for the launch of Issue 9. We welcome all of our readers to check out the wonderful work of our contributors in this latest issue.

Art Intersection is currently seeking entries for its juried exhibition. The deadline for submission is April 24. For more information, please visit: http://artintersection.com/all-arizona-art-call-for-entries.html