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PJCC Art Gallery Exhibits
The Art Gallery at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center is committed to showcasing the works of talented Jewish artists as well as presenting exhibits that explore Jewish values, themes and ideas. It is our hope that along with adorning our walls, the exhibits will serve to stimulate personal thought and lively conversations among our members and guests.
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The PJCC Art Gallery presents
Olives in oils and prints
Paintings by Moshe Kassirer and
Photographs by Ofer Nov
October 3 – December 28, 2014
About the Artists
Living among the olive groves of the Galilee provides Moshe Kassirer with a great source of inspiration for his paintings. In his artwork Moshe depicts the ancient scenery of the Galilee and the history of the land of Israel focusing on the olive tree as a dominant theme. For the artist the image of the olive tree represents a sense of rootedness, longevity, survival and strength.
“My paintings relate to the simplicity of man, the naiveté of life, and the beauty of natural landscapes, which are rapidly vanishing from the world. The ladder that appears in some of my paintings is a practical one, but it also symbolizes the connection between the earthly and the spiritual, between the needs of man, which have become destructive, and the elusive spiritual search, which is beyond our daily material needs”.
Kassirer completed his art studies with a major in painting at Tel Aviv Avni institute of Art studies; he also holds a degree from the Tel Aviv Camera Obscura School.
Currently Moshe Kassirer works and lives in Yodfat, Israel.
As a resident of Galilee for many years, photographer Ofer Nov lives among the olive fields. Nov spent several years working during the olive harvest, carrying carried bags of olives to the mill and waiting until the oil extraction process was complete. This work gave the artist a lifelong appreciation for the process, scents and atmosphere associated with olive oil production.
“When I take photos I try to be very direct. I don’t work much with Photoshop. I try to bring the real, true picture to the viewers. I love what I do.
In recent years the agricultural field of olive trees and olive oil production has become very popular. More and more people are interested in growing olive trees and producing olive oil. Different people gather together, Arabs and Jews working together. Because of this, it has become a very special segment of people within Israel.
My thanks to the employees at the mill that allowed me to do my work undisturbed. I appreciate the joy of their work, despite the difficulties.”
Nov received his degree in photography with honors at the WIZO College, Haifa, Israel.
For the last 25 years he has worked as a professional, commercial photographer for leading companies worldwide in the fields of science and technology.
This exhibition was produced by artist representative Simcha Moyal. www.israelivisualarts.com
PJCC Community Art Show Results
Featured Local Artists Throughout the Peninsula
July 11 - September 17, 2014
Congratulations To Our Winners!
1st Place – Kenneth Mahar – San Francisco Celebrates
2nd Place – Andrea Ewald - Downtown
3rd Place – Bill Moy – Guard Tower
1st Place – Neil Murphy, Lanikai
2nd Place – Irene Schlesinger, Queen Esther
3rd Place – Eunice Chan, Calla Lilies
1st Place – Julie Long Gallegos, Victorian earrings
2nd Place – Diana Dutton Opal, Fantasy Pendant/Brooch
3rd Place – Rebecca Ferguson, Purple leaf pendant/necklace
Community Choice Award
Jane Henri – Rush Hour