Gotthelf Art Gallery 2013-2014 Season

Season Sponsor: U.S. TRUST Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Lavine/Levine: Relative Viewpoints

September 11 - November 27, 2013

Arthur Lavine and Dana Levine did not meet until well after Dana retired and moved to San Diego in the late 1990’s. Dana, whose maiden name is Lavine, thought she might be related to Arthur, a well-known photographer. At his photographic exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park in 2007, she asked him to sign his book, An Inquiring Eye; they got to chatting and discovered they are cousins (Arthur Lavine’s grandfather and Dana Levine’s great grandfather are brothers).

Arthur has been a working photographer for more than five decades while Dana, a scientist and artist, bought her first digital camera less than ten years ago. She shows her work at galleries primarily in San Diego while Arthur is a nationally known photographer whose work is represented in museums across the country. They come from different generations and bring divergent life experiences to their work. One works with a film camera in black and white and the other with a digital camera and Photoshop. But when one looks at the outcome, their photographs are strikingly alike. Their subject matter, compositional elements, and visual imagery bridge the gap across the years and present a way of life and the world around us that show a similar point of view.

In this exhibition, Lavine/Levine: Relative Viewpoints, approximately 20 photographs of Arthur Lavine are matched to approximately 20 photographs of Dana Levine. By doing so, the viewer may compare and contrast each photographer’s work. The theme is a look at life from the mid-20th Century up into the 21st. The gentle humor of the scenes, character and dignity in the faces of people, quiet contemplation of daily life, and nostalgia for favorite places in New York City and San Diego, remind us that life has not changed all that much throughout the years.

smART: The Art of Jewish Educators

December 11, 2013 - February 26, 2014

Celebrate Jewish educators this winter at the aptly named exhibit, smART: The Art of Jewish Educators. Over fifteen educators release their inner artist in this exhibit, showcasing pieces that include jewelry, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, and photography.

Jewish artistic expression has taken on many creative forms throughout history and these Jewish Educators will each display their own uniquely inspired vision. Join us for a stunning visual lesson on what San Diego educators are creating in the arts today!

Featured Artists: Avril Butbul, Deborah Amerling, Sandra Berlin-Kroll, Garry Cohen, Ken Goldman, Stephanie Goldman, Jacqueline Jacobs, Cathy Kamin, Mimi Levinson, Gail Littman, Eileen Mandell, Barbara Mastro, Orna McCann, Joe Nalven, Irene Neimark, Michael Rosenblatt, Susan Schiffer, Dorit Shaitrit, Ilanit Shalev, Lisa Slovis Mandel.

Transformations: The Butterfly Project and Beyond

March 12 - May 28, 2014

Launched at the San Diego Jewish Academy campus nearly eight years ago, The Butterfly Project aims for schoolchildren worldwide to paint 1.5 million ceramic butterflies representing the number of Jewish children killed by the Nazis during World War II.

The Butterfly Project (Zikaron V'Tikvah, Hebrew for "remembrance and hope") is run as a labor of love by parent volunteer Cheryl Rattner Price, providing both a healing and activist message that the school has spread to many other countries, including Israel, China, Tanzania, Peru, Mexico and Canada.

The Butterfly Project was created by now-retired academy teacher Jan Landau, whose father, Max, is a Holocaust survivor. Price partnered with Landau to design the molds, hand-cast the white bisque butterflies and conduct the painting classes with the school's fifth- and sixth-grade students as part of their Holocaust lessons. Originally, Price and Landau planned to paint and mount all of the 1.5 million butterflies at the academy, but decided they could spread their message to many more students, of all faiths and nationalities, by expanding outside their walls.

The butterfly painting kits have been sent to more than 300 classrooms in San Diego County, as well as to schools throughout North America and beyond. Some classes send their butterflies back to the academy for firing and mounting. Others are creating their own butterfly molds, memorial walls and sculptures.