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“A Lifetime of Perspective: 19 Years Celebrating Art and Creativity”
is featured in the Goldman Art Gallery from April 23 – May 14
For the 19th year, the Bender JCC will host “A Lifetime of Perspective,” a celebration of the creative talents of our community’s amateur artists age 65+. But don’t let the word “amateur” fool you. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to view sophisticated, inspiring and thought-provoking works, reflecting the full and colorful lives that our senior artists have lived.
“A Lifetime of Perspective” is an eclectic and exciting exhibit that is always a crowd pleaser for patrons of all ages. Participants submit works in a broad variety of media, including paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, sculpture, collage, fine crafts, and glass, wood, fabric and metal art.
This special annual exhibit was created by Deena and Jerome Kaplan and their family in memory of Deena’s parents, Eve and David Berliant. It is underwritten by the Kaplan family, the Bender JCC’s Deena and Jerome A. Kaplan Fund for Senior Adult Programming, and the Berliant/Kaplan Fund of the United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Karen Kaplan, a daughter of Deena and Jerry, chairs the exhibit. She says that her mother has spent a lifetime around beautiful art. “My mother saw her father paint in oil and started collecting contemporary paintings with our dad. They then moved onto wood, glass, textiles, basketry and more. Our mom certainly has an eye for beautiful artwork.”
Barry Perlis (cover photo), one of the artists whose work is featured in this year’s exhibit, is primarily a self-taught artist. He works in virtually every medium, including acrylic, water color, Plexiglas, copper and steel sculpture. He enjoys being involved in the Jewish community and has always looked to art as his creative outlet. “Participating in the Lifetime of Perspective senior art show is another way to connect my Jewish involvements and my creative passion.”
Kandy Hutman, volunteer coordinator of “A Lifetime of Perspective,” is retired as a staff member of the Bender JCC’s adult services department. One of the reasons she returns each year to give of her time and heart to this program is that she loves the whole process and the joy of the opening reception when the grandchildren and children are the ones who get to say what a great job their loved ones have done. “There are few things more moving than seeing them honor their grandparents and parents, rather than the other way around.”
“The Kaplan family’s ongoing support for this special exhibit is deeply appreciated,” says Debbie Sokobin, senior adult services director. “It provides a warm and intimate venue for our senior adults to showcase their considerable talent and creativity, and is an amazing exhibit for the entire community to enjoy.”
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