January Art Show: Works in Progress

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January 3, 2013
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This month’s online art exhibition features the work of Judith Margolis, Isa Milman and Ruth Weisberg. As Ruth says, “The creation of every work of art should be both a challenge and a pleasure to the artist and his or her audience. I am refer¬ring to pleasure as the profound feeling of com¬pletion or the discovery of new meanings and possibilities.” In viewing these works, what about them challenges us? What questions do they elicit and in answering those questions, where are we lead? Is a anything ever truly finished? Or are we, much like the works themselves, constantly works in progress?

Judith Margolis, an Israel-based American artist, book designer, and writer, is art editor of Nashim, a Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues; creator of the illustrated book Countdown to Perfection: Meditations on the Sefirot, with text by Sarah Yehudit Schneider, and curator for “Women of the Book,” an international Torah midrash project. Among her other collaborative book art projects are “Gazetteer,” with writer Cecil Giscombe, and “LIFT BLADE PLOW/ Intimate Dislocations,” with ethnographic anthropologist Mary Ann O’Donnell

Isa Milman, a poet and visual artist, lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Born a displaced person in Germany in 1949, she grew up in the United States and came to Canada in 1975. She is the author of Between the Doorposts (Ekstasis Editions, 2004) and Prairie Kaddish (Coteau Books, 2008), both of which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for poetry. Her latest collection, Something Small to Carry Home, was published by Quattro Books in April 2012.

Ruth Weisberg is an artist, professor of fine arts, and former dean at the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Among her awards are the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Cultural Achievement Award in 2011 and the Women’s Caucus for Art’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. Weisberg’s art has been shown at more than 80 solo and 185 group exhibitions, including recent exhibitions at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, a retrospective at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles, and solo exhibitions at the Huntingdon Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino and the Jack Rutberg Fine Arts gallery on Los Angeles.

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