Monday, February 6, 2012

WCAGA Artists part of "Song of the Land" in Los Angeles California

Maxine Hess 
Greyton Marsh II
16 x 20 inches 2011

Encaustic Painting on Board with Japanese Paper
Maxine Hess

Art is how I communicate, how I integrate my spirituality, Jewish heritage and life experiences as a woman. I believe that art transforms; a way to mindfulness, a way to awareness. The Torah commands personal responsibility, respect for others and caring of G-d’s sacred creation. On a recent trip to Greyton Beach State Park, I was inspired to create a series of encaustics and works on paper to capture the metaphysical exquisiteness of it as well as its spiritual nature. Greyton Beach sings to me as Eden sings to us from the Torah. I am awed by both and my hope is that others will be so awed and moved to respect and protect our natural world.

Flora Rosefsky 
Divide The Waters 
Mixed-Media 38” X 68” 2009

Flora Rosefsky

In Divide the Waters, interwoven cloth and paper segments explode in 144 crocheted squares, symbolizing Earth’s precious resource juxtaposed with a Torah narrative written over 3,000 years ago. The mystery of how God created this life-sustaining force is a universal story still powerful and relevant today as it was thousands, if not billions, of years ago. Today over 70 percent of the earth is covered with water; what took ions of time to give birth, human beings destroy. In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1 6:8, when the waters were divided, these words illuminate and transform into spontaneous patterns of line, color, shape, and texture.

Simone Soltan 
Where Will They Go if the Forests are Cut Down? 
Soft Pastel collage,25" x 18.75"  2008
Simone Soltan

Planet Earth, our only home, is in danger:
Over the eons human needs have taken priority over nature: since the rise of the Industrial Revolution the toll on the Earth has been devastating.  Forests are cut down causing animal species to decline or become extinct.  Our air and waters are polluted by the release of waste products into the air from industrial plants and vehicle exhausts. Our natural resources are being depleted at a rapid rate and cannot be replaced. Global climate change has occurred around the Globe: gases and pollutants in the air hold heat and act like a thick blanket over the Earth.  What can we do to save our planet?  As an artist, I can use my work to raise awareness of the situation.  As an individual, I can support people and policies that promote ways to protect and sustain our beautiful Earth.  

 Location:  Hebrew  Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion – Jack H. Skirball Campus, 3077 University  Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90007

Event:  Exhibition and Meet the Artists Reception – 

         Meet the Artists Reception: Thursday, February 23, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public

        ExhibitionSong of the Land -  ongoing through May 31, 2012      

The Jewish Women Artists Network (JWAN), the only national non-profit organization of professional Jewish women artists in the United States, and a self-selected special interest group within the Women's Caucus for Art, announces its 2012 Annual Juried National Exhibition,  Song of the Land.

The theme of Song of the Land challenges the artist to consider contemporary issues of environmental sustainability:  Earth is our only home and our constant and precious companion through life. We are the stewards of the earth. Lack of loving and knowledgeable care of our Earth and the inter-connectedness of all forms of life and the cycles of nature has led to depleted natural resources, water and air pollution, destruction of wild animal habitats and the loss of much of the Earth's natural beauty.  Aware and concerned about our environment physically and spiritually, how do we, as artists, focus attention to the challenge of preserving, sustaining and protecting our planet? How do we help ensure the future of Earth's blessings? 

Close to 100 artists from the entire USA submitted works for consideration. Of the near 200 works entered, Juror, Ruth Weisberg, artist and former Dean of the Roski School of Art at the University of Southern California selected 44 works representing 43 artists.

A full color catalogue is available.
Please contact us for interviews, more information or additional materials:

Fay Grajower and Simone Soltan

Co-Chairs, JWAN National Exhibitions

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