Calling All Artists “Encounters” Opening Gala


Sunday, June 3 from 2 – 5 pm Congregation Emanu-El — Divine–human interactions: What happens in this encounter? What does it look like and how is it reported and remembered? What are some examples in biblical and rabbinical tales? How do we understand God and how does that understanding affect our world view?

These are some of the questions that artists of different genres have been exploring with Rabbi Harry, in five sessions over the past winter. Now their interpretations will be shown in a celebratory Opening Gala on June 3, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Paintings, sculpture, mixed media, mosaic, and poetry will be hung on the walls of the synagogue Social Hall and the artists will discuss their creative process, while the poets will read their poems. “Art is Mishna”, states Rabbi Harry.

The art work will be on sale, and the Simcha Gift Shop will be open. There will be food, champagne, drinks, and schmoozing! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to honour art in the synagogue and the wider community. And in one of the display cases in the Social Hall will be art work from previous Calling All Artists projects.

The artists who participated in the Calling All Artists Encounters project are Dahlia Beck, Louise Crossgrove, Gail Davidson, Graham Dragushan, Joseph Finkleman, Susan Finkleman, Judith Fischer, Susan Holtz, Daryl Levine, Barbara Pelman, Karen Rowantree, Louis Sutker, Jean Sonmor, Devorah Stone, Kathy Switzer, Tobias Tomlinson, Amanda White and Maurice Yacowar.

Opening on the same day is an exhibit The Many Hands of the Chuppah featuring the wedding canopy (chuppah) created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Congregation Emanu-El synagogue and the stories behind its creation.

The Calling All Artists work and the Chuppah exhibit will be available for viewing throughout the summer until mid-August. Call the synagogue office (250-382-0615) during office hours, Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 to 2:30.

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