JACC EXHIBITS "STRINGS OF RESILIENCE: A TRIBUTE TO VIOLINS OF HOPE
The members of the Jewish Artists Collective Chicago, in collaboration with the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago, have created an exhibition titled, "Strings of Resilience: A Tribute to Violins of Hope," to commemorate the Violins of Hope events. The eight visual artists: Berit Engen, Alan Hobscheid, Ellen Holtzblatt, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Judith Joseph, Carol Lezberg Neiger, Beth Shadur and Jane Weintraub, , responded to the violins in the collection and the accompanying stories to testify to the strength of spirit of the musicians who played these violins and loved their instruments and their art. The range of media in the artwork includes watercolor, tapestry, woodcut, oil paint, ink drawing, multi-media sculpture, and digital media.
"Strings of Resilience" exhibition dates:
GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY FROM APRIL 12-MAY 23RD
Governors State University, Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Dr, University Park, IL
ELGIN PUBLIC LIBRARY MAY 25 TO SEPT. 1.
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL
Watch for upcoming performances of Violins of Hope around Chicagoland through September, 2023! For a full schedule of concerts featuring Violins of Hope and to read the stories of Violins of Hope go to https://www.jccchicago.org/violins-of-hope/
Photos below (by Powell Creative Services) are from a performance of Violins of Hope with artwork from JACC members projected behind the musicians at Prairie State College, April 17.
ABOUT VIOLINS OF HOPE
Israeli violin makers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, have spent the last 20 years collecting and repairing 70 Holocaust-era violins and other stringed instruments from around the world, some with the Star of David on the back and others with names and dates inscribed within the instrument. Together, they have lovingly located and restored the violins to reclaim their lost heritage, give voice to the victims and reinforce essential messages of hope, harmony, and humanity.
Each violin in the Violins of Hope collection has a unique and meaningful story.