The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara’s Art at the JCC presents the Abstract Art Collective 6th Annual ArtSEE fundraiser, an Abstract Art Collective (AAC) juried exhibit and additional art sale to benefit SEE International in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. SEE International is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization whose volunteer eye surgeons generously work to restore sight to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide.
ArtSEE features a large 80-piece virtual display of original 10” x 10” abstract artworks, created and donated by AAC members and offered for sale at $100 each.
For sales, inquires and gallery viewing July 15-September 15, please visit www.seeintl.org/artsee.
100% of the proceeds from panel sales will be donated to SEE International. The impact of each $100 purchase will provide two sight-restoring eye operations to those in need.
Also, on virtual display is a juried exhibition of larger abstract works by AAC members. This exhibition can be viewed on the Abstract Art Collective’s website at www.abstractartcollective.com as well as the 80 smaller works but these smaller works can only be purchased on SEE’s website. Ten percent of sales from the juried pieces will be donated to benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Past receptions have welcomed over 200 guests and has historically been the largest annual Art at the JCC exhibit.
The juror for the exhibit is Mariko Tabar, www.marikotabar.com, an artist with extensive experience participating in solo and group shows, locally and internationally. She was an art educator for over 30 years, the last 13 at Vieja Valley School where she retired in 2013. She volunteers as an art instructor for nonprofit organizations, including Girls, Inc. She has served as Santa Barbara County Art Commissioner for the Second District since 2017, and as Executive Board member for Goleta Valley Community Center since 2019. She is a Member/Organizer of United by Art and curates community art shows at Farmers and Merchants Trust Company. The AAC is very grateful to Mariko for being our juror this year, especially under these trying circumstances.
The ArtSEE (virtual) exhibit includes a wide range of abstract media – painting, assemblage/collage, printmaking, photography and digital art. Abstract art encompasses as many processes as there are artists. One artist may work in an intuitive arc – not knowing how a piece will begin or end. Another may have a defined concept and their artwork is not finished until that concept is expressed to their satisfaction.
The juried virtual exhibit and 10” x 10” online art sale will be ongoing during the exhibition.
Due to the pandemic, we will not be able to offer physical viewing hours, but purchases will be coordinated on a case by case basis following all COVID-19 restrictions and rules.
Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Closed weekends. (Temporarily Closed)
Please call in advance of your visit, as the gallery is often used for classes and events, (805) 957-1115.
Exhibit is open to the public. Free admission.
This year, Art at the JCC features AAC and Jewish community member, Naomi Bollag.
With such a voluminous body of work it would seem that Naomi has been painting in her current style for decades, but in fact it was after the twin disasters of the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides that she transformed the deep grief she felt into her current style of painting.
When asked about how she works, Naomi shared that the art “does itself”— that she chooses the colors and size of canvas first and then time disappears, and she finds flow. As she works, she likes to think of where her paintings will hang and how the colors will complement the home. She is especially drawn to gold and beige. Her work hangs in several Sansum Clinic locations as well as at China Pavilion restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. Deeply philanthropic, Naomi has donated several works to silent auctions which raised funds for both Laguna Blanca School and Middle School.
When asked about painting in our COVID-19 era, Naomi said that initially she was “paralyzed” with fear and uncertainty about the virus, but after two weeks she returned with a force and has been creating fervently since then.
Her next show will be at the newly remodeled Jewish Federation, where all works on view will be available for purchase.
Naomi added, “During difficult times of anxiety and stress, I can always turn to my canvases. They have been and are still there for me. Painting is a place where I can escape from stress and feel free to express my feelings without recourse. It feels safe to me and I want those who view my art to feel the same, sort of like an artistic Rorschach method.”
You can learn more about Naomi and her work on her website www.naomibollag.com.
All sale inquiries considered and encouraged. A portion of the proceeds support Jewish Federation programs.
Direct inquiries to Mike Witt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist and collector Eli Luria (z"l) launched Art at the JCC in 1999 to provide high-caliber, strongly-themed exhibits for the Santa Barbara community. The exhibit openings often feature gallery talks and panels with artists, curators and collectors that draw lively crowds.
Art at the JCC is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Through its exhibition and outreach programs, Art at the JCC honors and shares the universality of Jewish values, history and culture through various forms of artistic expression. The purpose of Art at the JCC is to provide Central Coast and other artists from all disciplines the opportunity to bring their work to the Santa Barbara community. Because art is a universal language, our programs will cross all boundaries of religion, race, gender and age, and strive to maintain communication. Its mission is to promote identification and connectedness to the Jewish community and the community at large.