Art at AACI

The renewed Israel Museum isn’t the only place in Jerusalem to view quality art exhibits. Inside the new AACI Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, you can’t help but notice the superb art adorning the walls of the spacious facility.

Volunteer coordinator Donna Grushka explains that in addition to making the new center more aesthetic, the art exhibitions help to publicize the talents of North American and other immigrant artists, as well as members of the AACI family. A gala opening evening is scheduled to give the artists an opportunity to speak about their works in depth and sometimes a “Gallery Talk” to provide the opportunity to dialogue with the artist and probe their interpretations. Works displayed are also for sale with a percentage of the proceeds donated to AACI.

Maureen Fain‘s exhibit “Portraits and Places”, is currently on display at AACI through November 18. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, it’s worth a visit to Talpiot.

Born in Durban, South Africa, Fain graduated Fine Arts at Natal College of Art and studied Stage Design at the Central School of Art in London. She made aliyah in 1969 and received her BA in History of Art from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is married to Richard Fain, an American oleh and have been lifetime members of AACI since the 1970’s.

Fain has been on the international art scene for some time. She has had 20 solo exhibitions in Paris, South Africa, U.S.A and Israel. She has also participated in over 40 group exhibitions and was one of five Israeli women artists invited to exhibit in Berlin in 1999 as guests of the German government and the National Association for Women in the Arts.  Her works can also be found in private collections throughout the world

Fain works mainly in oil and watercolor and has painted portrait commissions of many well-known personalities. Fain writes, “I have painted portraits for as long as I have been painting, and find it endlessly fascinating. What are the proportions and minute differences that differentiate one face from others? Faces are the clue to identity and personality and I use the features to explore the inner nature of my subjects. …It is not that important for me to get an exact likeness, although I have no problem doing so. My real aim is to discover the true person and their inner spirit.”

You can view Fain’s exhibit at the AACI office Sunday thru Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on some evenings. (Call 02-566-1181 for information about hours.)

Get a taste of her work at

Coming up next…

November 24, 2010 and goes through January 6, 2011

Sew What? Quiltworks by Maxine Forman and Fine Crafts from Kibbutz Neot Semadar (ceramics, wood, porcelain, metal, stoneware, earthenware, basketry, hand painted silk, handmade paper)

Gala Opening: November 24, 2010 at 7 pm.

Gallery Talk: December 20, 2010 6 pm

Want to know more about Israeli Art?

as part of AACI’s new opportunities to bring art to English speakers, AACI is offering…

Introductory Lecture on the History of Israeli Art

Wednesday, November 10   6:00-7:30 pm

AACI – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center

For more information about the course, please call AACI: 02-566-1181

Wait! Wait! There is even more happening…we want to involve our children…


To celebrate Israel Independence Day 2011-5771, the walls of the AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center will come alive with the happy, spontaneous art of children.

AACI invites children between the ages of 5 and 13 to join the fun. The theme of the show is “MY COUNTRY” – and that can mean whatever the artist thinks it means. Entries will be considered according to different age groups – everyone is eligible.  There will also be a separate (age-inclusive) group for Special Needs children.

For more information click on this link to all the details:



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