With Brush and Pen – A Selection of Some of the Winning Entries

AACI Children’s and Teen’s Arts Exhibit

With Brush and Pen


Standing Room Only Crowd - Well, OK some kids were sitting in front of the stage too!

Standing Room Only Crowd – Well, OK some kids were sitting in front of the stage too!

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Children’s & Teen’s Art Show Opening Night was fabulous and the crowd was standing-room only!

View this gallery for images of many of the prize-winning entries and come to the AACI to see the exhibit in person for many more examples of inspiring creativity.

Even if you missed our opening night you can still come and see the show,

With Brush and Pen,

on display until June 13th at the

AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center

37 Pierre Koenig, 4th floor

 (corner Poalei Tzedek) in Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem

call 02-566-1181 for more information.

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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.

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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.

“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.

My Country – Through the Eyes of Our Children and Teens

AACI is pleased and proud to host its first CHILDREN AND TEEN ART SHOW.  The aim of this project was to give children an opportunity to express themselves artistically on a subject they could all relate to – MY COUNTRY – and to show these pictures in celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel Independence Day.  The results have not been disappointing!

Pictures came to us from as far away as Kibbutz Hannaton in the north and Beersheva in the south, as well many places in the Jerusalem area.  The children from Hannaton are in an art chug led by Debbie Jacobson-Maisals.

As you will see, the pictures show happy faces, flowers, rainbows, soccer games, hearts, and lots of Israeli flags. The natural beauty of this country is reflected in pictures showing the majesty of the desert, the mystery of mountains, exquisite sunsets, and trips to Masada and to the nature reserve at Ein Gedi.

One of our artists must be an insect lover, because there is an impressively-detailed representation of an underground ant colony!   There are several jet planes, a three-dimensional map of Israel,

an image of Moses at Mt. Sinai, a picture of the Western Wall, one of the 7-branched Menorah, and a vision of Tel Aviv in the future. Some of the pictures came with notes on the back which said things like “I like visiting friends on Shabbat” and “Israel is where my friends are.” In brief, each of our artists, some of whom are only 5 years old, found something meaningful to draw, something that says MY COUNTRY in a personal way.

In addition, in the large gallery at the end of the hall we proudly display work by teenaged students of two private art instructors, Shmuel Lhungdim from Efrat and Naomi Ocean from Beit Shemesh.  Both Shmuel and Naomi teach oilcolor techniques and the canvases on show are most impressive.

Colorful landscapes and nature studies are balanced by portraits and still-life studies.  Some of these young artists are obviously attempting to perfect their skills by studying the work of great European painters of the past and trying to emulate their examples, an approach to art training which has been used for hundreds of years. 

Finally, three of these young painters show works which return us to the theme of MY COUNTRY – a panoramic view of our eternal capital city Jerusalem, a moving image of soldiers at the Western Wall, and a wonderfully textured study of the Western Wall.

To the parents, grandparents and teachers who encouraged and supported these youngsters and facilitated their participation in this exhibit go our heartfelt thanks.

And to the young artists themselves, we say “Well done, each and every one of you!  May you continue to create beautiful pictures in the future!”

Please visit upi after Yom Hatzmaut, for an update which will include photos of some of the wonderful art.

With special thanks to Donna Grushka for this post and, of course, to her and her team for a delightful exhibit.