There must be something in the water down here, because exotic, ethnic and enlightening art has been popping up in exhibits all over the Triangle lately.
Now, adding to the abundance of culturally fulfilling shows, the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina (JHFNC) in collaboration with its Rosenzweig Gallery in Durham, is showcasing North Carolina Jewish Artists--First Annual Juried Exhibition. The show features works from 21 Jewish artists based in North Carolina and--while forming a statewide community of Jewish artists--the JHFNC hopes to make the exhibit an annual event.
Dan Gottlieb, deputy director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, juried the show and awarded first prize to Tina Marcus's "Torah," a welded metal sculpture representing an ancient Jewish bible scroll. Among the works--ranging from oil paintings, watercolors, fiber art and digital imaging--are honorable mention pieces by Michalsky Friedman and S.M. Botstein. A free opening reception for the exhibit and a chance to meet some of the artists will be held Sunday, April 27, from 3-5 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Gallery, the Judea Reform Congregation, 1955 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. The show will run through June 8.