On Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 PM, Art at the JCC will host an official 1st Thursday reception for Love, Hope, Memory, an exhibition and collaborative benefit for Portraits of Survival: Life Journeys During the Holocaust and Beyond + Upstanders: Courage in the Face of Evil. The exhibit runs from October 29 through December 31st, at the Jewish Federation’s Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center. Art at the JCC is able to offer this exhibition to the public with the generosity of benefactors and donors, including the Squire Foundation. The reception will include remarks from Lynn M. Holley, M.A. Curator, and artists of the evening. Enjoy appetizers, wine and world class entertainment from acclaimed local musician, Adam Phillips, 5:15-6:30. Followed by a welcoming and artist talk.
This poignant exhibition celebrates the lives of Holocaust survivors and refugees, with a fresh and artistic approach on love, hope and memory, rather than destruction, exile, war, which many experienced.
This exhibition includes important works of local Holocaust survivors, refugees and descendants, notable artists: Margaret Singer, Maria Segal, Edith Ostern, Erika Kahn, Mary Freericks, Freddy Caston, Ralph Baxter, among others. These particular individuals offer their legacies of endurance and hope; the lessons from their lives teach us about the power of the human spirit in the face of unthinkable evil. A number of these extraordinary local survivors have been life-long professional artists, while others have been art educators, or found their creative talents later in life. Collectively, their works offer insight into the experience of living through one of the darkest chapters in human history.
The shows featured artist, Shula Singer Arbel is a Los Angeles artist working in acrylic and mixed media. Her work is a fusion of abstract, representational and dream like images; a flattening of form mixed with painterly surfaces. Her newest series, “Love, Hope, Memory” deals with issues of displacement, loss and rebirth; exploring the re-entry into “normal” life, after the Holocaust.
LOVE, HOPE, MEMORY is a series of 19 prints—numbered, signed, limited editions that tell the story of Arbel’s parents. Michael and Edith met in 1946 in a Displaced Persons Camp in Heidenheim, Germany, right after World War II. Edith was a survivor of Auschwitz and Michael had been a soldier in the Russian and Polish Armies. They arrived at this refugee camp with nothing. In spite of the tremendous loss and unimaginable suffering they experienced, this was a time of great hope and optimism for the future. It was a time of building new lives and looking forward.
Friday, November 9th, from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, a 80th Anniversary Commemoration of Kristallnacht will take place in the main gallery at the JCC, on the actual date of the Anniversary. A very special program is planned to mark this somber anniversary, which will include students from San Marcos High School, with local Holocaust Survivors, number of whom were eye-witnesses to the events of Kristallnacht 80 years ago. The public is invited to participate in this free event, and also tour the art exhibition. Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass), took place on November 9, 1938, and was the first case of organized violence throughout the German Reich against the Jews – and the true beginning of the terrible dark night of the Holocaust which was to come. As we move into the 80th anniversary year of this horrible chapter in human history, we stand together as a community which will pledge to never forget, but will also move forward with light and beauty, with survival and with hope.
As we do every year, we will honor our cherished Survivor community of friends, and mourn those in this group who we have lost this year. We have also dedicated ourselves to keeping their stories alive, as we will be filming and preserving the last of their stories this year for a permanent archive to keep here for generations to come. Proceeds of all sales from this art exhibition will benefit the Portraits of Survival/Upstanders Exhibits and Programs: Courage in the Face of Evil Permanent Exhibits and Educational Programs. This special and permanent installation has welcomed over 20,000 visitors since its inception in November 2003.
Please call for best gallery viewing hours and/or for inquiries regarding art sales and personal guided tours. Art at the JCC is located at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (805) 957-1115.