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.