We welcome the Jewish Women Artists' Circle exhibit to the John XXIII Gallery at The Basilica. The exhibit focuses on creation and on the Kabbalah, and features work by the Circle, an artist group from the Twin Cities. The exhibit is called "Creation! And There was Evening And There Was Morning" and "Kabbalah: Envisioning the Infinite." The Circle studies Jewish sources with scholars and present exhibits on Jewish themes.
For the Creation exhibit, the artists explored the first chapter of Genesis, the creation of heaven and earth, of light and darkness, of stars and water, and of living creatures. In preparation, they read many different translations of the text as well as mirashim, stories that embellish and offer further explanations and interpretations of the Biblical text. They also had study sessions on evolution, learning about natural selection and the wondrous diversity of living things.
The Kabbalah exhibit explores the Jewish text on mysticism, which is at least 1800 years old and presented in the revelations of Ezekiel.
Members of the Jewish Women's Artists' Circle include Sandy Baron, Jane Bassuk, Rachel Breen, Sandra A. Brick, Gloria Cooper, Lucy Rose Fischer, Bette Globus Goodman, Renanah Halpern, Natalie Halpern (Eichen), Barbara "Boko" Kvasnick-Nunez, Joyce Lyon, Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Aimee Orkin, Paula Leiter Pergament, Dianne Silverman, Sharon Stillman, Anita White, Rochelle Woldorsky