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 Center, a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. AZJHS inquires refer to Executive Director, Lawrence Bell, PhD by phone: 602-241-7870 or email: LBell@azjhs.org.