Sneak Preview of Photos from Children’s and Teen’s Art Show – With Brush and Pen – April 11 2013

Last Thursday, April 11th AACI hosted the premiere of the 3rd Annual Children’s and Teen’s Art Show, with “Brush and Pen” thanks to a generous contribution by former AACI President, Gordon Sugarman (Betsy Sugarman ז”ל Memorial Fund) in memory of his beloved wife, Betsy z’l.

Kol HaKavod to all the kids and teens who participated…and their families…and of course, our beloved staff and volunteers who made this event happen!

In addition, Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman, whose generous gift has allowed us to thrive in our new facility in Talpiot were present and Dr. Max addressed the assembled crowd and Gianna assisted in the presentation of awards.

To say it was an amazing night barely describes the excitement, joy, enthusiasm and talent that we witnessed in a standing room only crowd.

We shot lots of photographs and even some video. The photos are up on our facebook page (please like us if you have not already done so) and even if you do not use facebook ordinarily, you can view them here.

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Here are just a few of the beautiful examples of talent demonstrated by our young artists. Please come to AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center to view the art and prose that is on display. And visit us on facebook to tag your work and photos of you.

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Enjoy the photos and please tag them and share them with your friends and family, and if you have more photos to add, please let us know so we can include your photos too.

Stay tuned for more to come… video, and photos of the entries.

If you are not already getting the AACI e-newsletter, sign up here so that you will be informed about other great events for the whole family happening at AACI.

Plans are already in the works for a great July 4th/Canada Day Celebration and you will surely want to join in for lots of fun!

If you would like to share in the excitement by sponsoring an event like this, or one that would be meaningful to a person you would like to remember or honor, please contact Bryna Lee at 02-566-1181 ext. 324 or bjacobson at aacidotorgdotil.

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2 (across from Hadar Mall)
Talpiot, Jerusalem
Buses # 10, 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
(02) 566-1181 for more information about any programs or to register.


Calling Children & Teens ages 5-18

If you live in Israel, and are age 5-18, you are eligible to participate in the AACI Children’s and Teens’ Juried Art Show, With Brush and Pen.

Your art, in any medium, or poetry/prose in English must be submitted this month (February 2013).

Click here to view all the details.

Don’t miss out! If you are an art teacher, please encourage your students to participate. No need to plan for a special project. Surely some of the work already completed is appropriate for the show.

Prizes to be awarding in categories by ages.

All participants will receive a certificate.

Opening night is April 11, 2013. Submit works by the end of February to AACI.

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2 (across from Hadar Mall)
Talpiot, Jerusalem
Buses # 10, 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
(02) 566-1181 for more information about any programs or to register.

Party Time! A Week of Celebration with AACI

They say the world is divided into two types of people – those who think the world is divided into two types of people and those who don’t.

This same theory could be applied to people living in Israel. There is one ideology that says we are all Israelis, and that immigrants should make every effort to fit in, by single-mindedly adopting the majority language and culture. Others believe that we olim can be committed to our chosen country, while still fondly remembering our former places of residence and some of our old customs.

It is in the spirit of the second school of thought that AACI is offering a week of exciting events to celebrate two national birthdays, Canada Day (July 1) and American Independence Day (July 4).

What an interesting line-up! Advertised as offering “something for everyone,” the celebration certainly lives up to its billing.

Sunday, July 1, Irwin Cotler, Justice and Human Rights critic for the Canadian Liberal party is speaking on “Freedom of Expression.”  What does a Canadian politician have to do with Israel? Well, for starters, his wife, Ariela, is a native Jerusalemite. In addition, Cotler has been working against anti-Semitism for years. In a speech before the Canadian House of Commons earlier this month, he called for a moment of silence at this summer’s Olympic Games in memory of the Israeli athletes z”l who were murdered at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Monday, July 2, we will celebrate the festive opening of a new art exhibit by Glen Shear, as part of AACI’s ongoing program of exhibitions in our Jerusalem headquarters, the Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center. His work crackles with the energy and color of American pop culture, featuring an occasional Israeli twist.

Tuesday, July 3 (note new date),  HaHafuch, Israel’s premier English-speaking comedy troupe, will present their zany take on the lighter side of living in Israel. A group of olim from around the world, these improv artists live their philosophy, “Israel is funny.”

Wednesday, July 4, is American movie night, with a screening of the classic Frank Capra film, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Starring that quintessentially American actor, Jimmy Stewart, this film, which describes one citizen’s effect on the American political system, was highly controversial when it was first released in 1939. Gary Levine will provide an informative introduction.

All events will be held at the AACI Jerusalem Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center.

For full details of times and prices, click here.

Well, it’s quite an eclectic schedule, but isn’t that as it should be? After all, we Israelis, olim and Sabras alike, are a very eclectic group — not just two types of people but many, all jumbled together in a colorful mosaic . And that’s what can make life in this country so much fun.

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot    MAP
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop  at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
For information, please call (02)566-1181.

“I’m Already an Artist”: AACI’s Children’s and Teens’ Art Exhibition

Editors Note: Purim 2013

It’s the last week of February, 2013 as we prepare for the next AACI Children’s and Teens’ Art Show. We created a VLOG for you about it, and want to remind you to get your submissions to AACI this week! All the details and a form you need to submit with your art or prose is available here.

And now, we proudly present in honor of Purim and the upcoming Art Show:

Last years blog about the Show continues below:

Even as the tiniest toddler, my son Simcha loved to create. When he disappeared into his bedroom and was “too quiet” for too long, he would be found, not getting into mischief, but drawing with his crayons — on paper, not on the wall! — or molding shapes of Play-Doh. A bead-stringing kit seemed like the perfect present for him at age six. But instead of threading necklaces, he took the enclosed plastic cord and strung it from one end of his bedroom to the other, adorned with the beads, as well as a wildly beautiful array of seashells, shiny buttons and other unusual objects. An onlooker commented, “Wow! Maybe you’ll be an artist when you grow up.” Simcha’s very dignified reply was: “I’m already an artist.”

Now you can meet some other Israeli youngsters who are already artists.

“With Brush and Pen,” AACI’s Children’s and Teens’ Art Exhibition, is opening Sunday, April 22, 2012. The exhibition entries may be viewed starting from 6:00 PM.  At 6:45 PM, the formal program begins. Prizes will be awarded, and several of the talented young artists will offer musical performances and readings of their written works.

For this, the second annual exhibition of its kind,  AACI expanded the definition of artwork beyond drawing and painting, resulting in a large increase in submissions. I just had a sneak preview of the exhibition this morning, and was amazed at the creativity on display. Media ranged from simple pencil or  pen, through marker, crayon, acrylic paints and oils, to ceramic figures and multimedia combinations. The young artists captured scenes from everyday life, fantasy, landscapes, portraits and abstracts. Pictures and sculptures of animals were particularly popular.  The artwork showed an impressive maturity of technique, combined with exuberant use of color together with youthful freshness and imagination.

You are invited to enjoy a very entertaining evening, and to support our budding artists. For reservations, please call (02)566-1181. Admission is free of charge. The exhibition will continue until June 15, 2012.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous donation by Gordon Sugarman in memory of Betsy Sugarman ז”ל to support this program.
AACI hosts exhibitions of art by olim of all ages on an ongoing basis, with new exhibits approximately every 2 months. We would love to have your feedback and participation. Please contact us if you wish to:
  • submit a review or photographs of an exhibition, or 
  • request inclusion in an upcoming exhibit (please include information about training, experience, previous shows, etc, and samples of your work — links to websites, digital photos, etc.
AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot    MAP
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop  at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.

Calling all Children and Teens in Israel!

With Brush & Pen: an Exhibition of Art by Children & Teens in Israel

Do you like to draw or paint … or sculpt … or embroider … or collage … or write … or … ???  Would you like your artwork or story to be seen by hundreds of people? Would you like the chance to win a prize? Then bring your creation to the AACI center to enter it in our Children’s and Teens’ Art Exhibit, “With Brush & Pen.”  But hurry – the deadline is next Sunday, March 11th!

We gratefully acknowledge the generous donation by Gordon Sugarman in memory of Betsy Sugarman   ז”ל to support this program.

Click here for more information about entering the art exhibit.

The exhibition will be open to the public April-May, 2012 at AACI.

The AACI-Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center is at 37 Pierre Koenig/2 Poalei Tzedek, in Talpiot, Jerusalem. Telephone (02)5661181.
Click here for a map.
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop  at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.

Reverse Mask: an Art Project for Kids 

Here is a fun artistic activity to get you in the Purim spirit. Usually on Purim we wear masks to disguise our faces, but this reverse mask will show your face and disguise the rest of you.

On the largest sheet of paper you can find: lie down with your arms slightly stretched out and the top of your head at least 5 cm below the top edge of the paper. Have a friend or parent trace your silhouette (outline) with a pencil. Try not to wiggle!

Cut out a hole where the face would be, then decorate your silhouette with paint, markers, glitter, fabric scraps … whatever you want.  Use the decorations to show who you really are, or who you would like to be. Be as creative as you like.

When you are finished, have someone take a picture of you peeking out the face hole of your “self-portrait.” You can print small versions of the photo and use them to decorate your mishloach manos.

Have fun!

Chanan Mazal – Art Studio Update, February 2012

UPDATE: An Inside Look at the Exhibit

Opening night was an exciting event. Meeting the artists and hearing them speak about their inspiration and techniques helped me to look at the paintings more thoughtfully. Both Chanan and Ron use layering, for example, which creates texture and depth. I also appreciated the Israeli feeling evident in their art – Ron depicts the landscapes surrounding his home in Kibbutz Urim, while pomegranates, figs and other types of Israel’s Seven Species frequently appear in Chanan’s work.
All in all, a very enjoyable evening and an interesting exhibit.
The exhibit will continue through April 5 at AACI Jerusalem.

Thanks go to KJ Hannah Greenberg for her blog post at the Click here to read it.

Dear friends,

Please come to the opening of the new show in the AACI Gallery on Tuesday evening, February 21 at 6 pm and bring your family and friends.  The artists are Chanan Mazal and Ron Gang – the work looks great and it should be a wonderful show. 

 Instead of having a Gallery Talk on a different evening, both Chanan and Ron preferred to talk in depth about their work at the opening.  Chanan sent me the following blog – it is food for thought and gives us a taste (if you will pardon the pun) of what is in store for us on Tuesday.

 See you there!

Donna Grushka 

map to AACI

Chanan Mazal – Art Studio Update

February 2012


Dear Friends,

I would like to share some of my recent artwork with you.

Last May, at the opening of my show at the Jerusalem Theater, I spoke about the border between ornament and art, and about my exploration of ornament’s potential as a vehicle for emotional and artistic expression. I have found this subject to be even deeper and more gratifying than I had imagined. While applying more and more layers to each painting, I alternatively create denser layers of pattern, or masks to hide or mutate them. Like a toddler building a tower of blocks, building, knocking down, and building again. At the same time, my own levels of raw emotions vacillate with a desire to return to a well behaved and pretty aesthetic. Like the naughty child in Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”.

My goal is to stop working at that enigmatic point in time when I feel that this tug of war has reached a perfect tie. The war is between impulsive, yet engaging, “bad taste” and refined, pleasing “good taste.” The moment when our tense concentration breaks into a humorous, joyous smile.

I use the power or delicacy of pattern, to counterbalance my deliberately coarse execution of earlier layers; to correct my deliberately imperfect compositions, and to make peace with warring colors. I prefer to initially attack the canvas as quickly as possible, from my gut. Then I patiently, thoughtfully and joyfully build up the painting to that moment of equilibrium. Perhaps we all get gratification from fixing broken things.

When artists paint portraits of others, in a sense they are always painting themselves. Likewise, I feel that even when I paint the most neutral of objects, these works reflect my own search for self identity. Our teenage self definitions get redefined over time, as we mature, change our family and work roles, and re clarify our values.

I find that self humor is a great tool. Perhaps that is why so many of my works contain either a well balanced, symmetrically placed object, over a joyfully chaotic undercoat, or impossibly off balanced bowls, about to roll off of the canvas.

If any of you folks are here in Jerusalem, please join me next Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the opening of my newest exhibition at the AACI. Details below.

Best regards,


Chanan Mazal

C. Mazal Art Ltd.

11 Rivka St.

Jerusalem 93461


Tel (972)2-6719715

Fax (972)2-6719779

Mobile 054-6374751

Reflections — Four Artists View Their Worlds

by guest contributor Laura Firszt

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Entering AACI’s new offices is a pleasant surprise – the premises feel bright and functional but not sterile. The walls are enhanced with the colorful works of four exciting Israeli artists. The impression is of visiting different areas of our country; the widely varied styles of the artists seem to reflect the variety of landscapes and people in Israel.

Shoshana Meerkin’s watercolors delicately depict light and shade. Many of her paintings embody a theme of Israeli doors and windows, often partly open, inviting the viewer to imagine what lies beyond. Similarly, in “Let’s Go There,” two elderly women sit on a seaside bench, backs to the viewer. Despite their relaxed pose, their attention to the sun-dappled boats in front of them creates a sense of forward motion and thought.

The rich bright colors of Ruth Gesser’s oil paintings portray the almost jungle-like exuberance of Israeli gardens. Her watercolors seem drenched in the intense sunlight that is so characteristic of summer in this country. A versatile artist, she also combines watercolors and watercolor pastels to create intriguing semi-abstract works.

Ruth Keusch uses oils to create paintings of human figures or flowers with strong, almost harsh lines. In true Israeli fashion, she is rigorously honest, yet sympathetic, in her interaction with her subjects. As well, she produces earthy sculptures. In the words of one of the viewers of her exhibit: “Exciting!”

Esther Weiser Kreisman combines her traditional art school background with modern technology to produce big bold “urban landscapes.” Photographs of a scene at various times of day are melded to create paintings that are alive with motion and energy, from the lighthearted, bright “Coca Cola Beach Tel Aviv,” to the fluid familiar/unfamiliar feeling given by “Jerusalem 2008.”

Many of the original paintings, as well as posters and giclee reproductions, are for sale. A percentage of all sales will be donated to the AACI.

The works will be on display until February 15, 2012 and are open to the public free of charge during AACI’s opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm and some evenings.

A gallery talk from 6-8 pm this Sunday, January 22nd, will allow art lovers to hear the artists discuss their works and their creative process, followed by a question period.

Phone 02-5661181 for hours and directions or check our website:
A new exhibit is presented approximately every six weeks, making the works of contemporary Israeli artists easily accessible to the general public.

Welcome to our newest guest Blogger, Laura Firszt. We hope to be reading lots more from Laura on a regular basis.