MINNEAPOLIS (June 19, 2013) — The Jewish Artists’ Laboratory is an arts initiative through the Sabes Jewish Community Center (Sabes JCC) featuring 17 local artists in an exhibition running Aug. 8 through Sept. 22, 2013, with an Artists Reception Aug. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. and a Closing Event on Sept. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.å at Sabes Jewish Community Center, Jay and Rose Phillips Building, Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416.
Exploring the theme of Text/Context/Subtext through unconventional study and art making sessions, the Laboratory meets twice monthly to engage in ongoing dialogue and provide a platform for artwork and it process through its many stages.
Made possible by a generous grant from The Covenant Foundation, The Minneapolis Sabes JCC, along with The Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin Hillel, Madison, Wisconsin have collaborated to create this unique artistic initiative.
The Lab is alternately led by facilitators Rabbi Alexander Davis, Meryll Page, Anat Szendro and Robyn Awend. Together with the artists, the Lab explores how the theme of Text/Context/Subtext is relevant to Jewish tradition and continually redefines how and where Judaism and art intersect. This initiative will culminate in an exhibition, featuring a wide array of work by participating Lab artists highlighting specific topics explored during the eight month process.
Participating artists include: Susan Armington, Carolyn Light Bell, Hanna Bloomfield, Joel Carter, Suzanne Fenton, Rani Halpern, Bonnie Heller, Sylvia Horwitz, Alison Morse, Diane Pecoraro, Paula Leiter Pergament, Kris Prince, Louise Ribnick, Phil Rosenbloom, and Susan Weinberg.
As part of the Jewish Artists’ Lab, the Covenant Foundation has also generously offered an Artist-in-Residence program. The Artist-in-Residence has the opportunity to create a work of art that can speak to the community at large with particular focus on the Jewish community. Artist-in-Residence participants are Shana Cohen and Jordyn Feiger.
“I decided to become a part of the Jewish Artist Laboratory, as I see it as a vehicle to merge my sometimes conflicting and dichotomous identities into a cohesive spiritual alignment with Jewish values and artistic expression. I have been looking for a community to share artistic ideas with that will reflect back a Jewish lens and narrative. The Artists’ Laboratory is an opportunity for me and other Jewish artists to contribute to a body of work that is both innovative and reflective of cultural and spiritual Judaism that can engage the Minneapolis Jewish Community.” Artist-In-Residence, Shana Cohen.
Rabbi Alexander Davis is the senior Rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, MN. He is passionate about learning and teaching Torah and lives to share the beauty, wisdom and meaning of Jewish life with others.
Meryll Page is a teacher and writer. She has taught history and Jewish studies for 39 years and is currently shepherding a non-fiction work she and her sister have written through its publication.
Anat Szendro holds a Bachelor in Design from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design – Jerusalem, and has recently moved to the Twin Cities. Anat strongly believes in the process of creative thinking for solving problems, using familiar concepts in unfamiliar settings.
Robyn Awend is the Director of Visual Arts at the Sabes Jewish Community Center. She is a practicing artist who uses her Jewish identity as a focal point of her work, and is a founding member of Form+Content Gallery in downtown, Minneapolis.
“We, at the Sabes JCC feel incredibly blessed to be part of this endeavor, “said Robyn Awend. “Thanks to The Covenant Foundation, we are helping to fulfill their mission.” The Covenant Foundation seeks to encourage and advance excellence in Jewish education. As such it has sustained museums, schools and art initiatives. The Foundation provided funding for three such groups across the Midwest in Madison, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
The Sabes JCC is a multifaceted community center offering educational, social, cultural, recreational, and fitness to the entire community. Program and service areas include early childhood center, health & fitness, recreation, Jewish arts & humanities, senior services, afterschool programs, day camp, special events and more.
The Sabes JCC strives to nurture life balance in an inclusive Jewish environment where everyone is welcome. For information contact Robyn Awend at 952-381-3416 or [email protected] www.sabesjcc.org