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Sacred Places of the Heart

Four women from the same generation emotionally connected to their Jewish heritage in distinctly unique and powerful ways will exhibit their art at the Merage JCC’s Slutzky Art Gallery through December 23.  The artists are Diane Karpel (www. dianekarpel.com), Andrea Raft (www. andrearaftstudio.com), Erella Teitler (www.ErellaArt.com) and Toby Salkin (www. Tobysalkin.com).  The connections of these four women spring from different sources, yet each shares the pride of Jewish cultural exploration.
Karpel specializes in colorful landscapes in oil that transport viewers to venues around the world.  Raft does photography and mixed media reflecting her interest in the natural world.  Teitler specializes in collage and mixed media in glowing colors.  Salkin paints bold, flamboyant landscapes and poignant, reflective portraits, as well as contemporary collage and assemblage works.
In their artist’s statements the women share the view that, “We are living in a time of heightened religious awareness, and our being Jewish is so much a part of who we are.  We have also been affected by the places we have lived and the worlds we have traveled, the people we have met, our varied family backgrounds and unique aesthetic experiences.  Our spiritual quests have taken different paths in our artistic search for finding the sacred places of the heart.”
As a result of their varied painting styles and techniques, the exhibit offers a diverse visual exploration resulting in a journey filled with intense color, varied textures, heartfelt emotions and a visual spiritual awareness.  The artists believe that Jewish art cannot be relegated to ritual paintings alone, so the exhibit will intersperse quotes from Hebrew and Jewish texts as well as blessings to bring witness to the world.  Artwork will be available for purchase.  There is no charge to view the exhibit.
The Merage Jewish Community Center is located at 1 Federation Way in Irvine.  The cultural arts department at the Merage JCC offers a wide variety of programs including art classes, film, music and book festivals, art exhibits, youth theatre, off Broadway shows, guest speakers and more.  Additional information is available on the JCC’s website (www.jccoc.org) or by calling (949) 435-3400.

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  1. THANK YOU ,JERRY, FOR A WONDERFUL ARTICLE ABOUT THE EXHIBIT “SACRED PLACES OF THE HEART”.
    WE WORKED FOR A YEAR AND A HALF FOR THE SHOW AND IT WAS A VERY INTERESTING, UPLIFTING AND SOUL SEARCHING EXPERIENCE.
    THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING MY PIECE “IF I FORGET THEE” AS A SAMPLE OF THE EXHIBIT. I DO HOPE THAT AS A RESULT OF YOUR GLOWING ARTICLE EVEN MORE PEOPLE WILL DROP BY TO COME VIEW THE EXHIBIT AND GET TO ‘”MEET” US THE ARTISTS.
    ERELLA TEITLER
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