WJC is proud to have the Rabbi Irving and Marly Koslowe Judaica Gallery in our main lobby.
This award-winning exhibition space is home to revolving exhibitions that mirror the Jewish world, in microcosm.
Through fine art, folk art and photography, our thematic shows are culled from contemporary artists, historical content and our members’ collections.
The Gallery, in conjunction with other committees, often brings in artists and historians for associated lectures.
Our current exhibition is:
"Fran Gallun: Of the Land"
We are pleased to welcome the evocative and multifaceted work of mixed media artist Fran Gallun, whose work came to our attention two years ago as the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art was preparing a solo show of her imaginary landscapes titled "Imagined Israel." Gallun is a Philadelphia area artist who has been working, exhibiting, and teaching for over 30 years, and has done a couple of art fellowships in Israel.
We have taken some pieces from the PMJA show and curated them with a career-long scope of Fran's work for her first retrospective, "Fran Gallun: Of the Land." Gallun's landscape abstractions--spiritual quests for connection to ancestors and the land--are composed of layered painted paper strips, sometimes embedded with vintage photographs or drawings and other imagery. She is guided by her love of color, line, gesture, playfulness and imagination. A recent art blog post described her work as aiming to capture the ripple of oasis mirages in the desert in vibrant colors, always barely out of reach, but pulling and pulling toward an elusive resolution. Fran says, "My attachment to the horizontal line and landscape format is about layers, depth, memory, unseen strata beneath the earth, hidden meaning, things unseen and yet part of us and our world."
We think they are a fresh take on the affect that landscape, history and plays on reality have on all of us.
We are pleased to have the privilege of sharing these works with our WJC congregants, students and surrounding community.
For more information or to inquire if a piece of art is for sale, please contact Amy Levine-Kennedy.