As you approach the Marcus family gallery at the JCC, your eye is automatically drawn to the snout of a dog with its incredibly vivid and life-like detail. As you keep staring, your peripheral vision notices the changing lights of a lamp. Your eye starts to wander around other pieces – there is a smiley face, which turns out to be a necklace and a pair of earrings, there are a few abstract pieces, a hamsa. Inspirational poems are scattered throughout. You are entranced by the glass artwork but can’t help but wonder how much it weighs. Then you notice the letters O and J made out of dough, and they remind you that you are here to pick up your challah.
This is the 2017 Staff Art Exhibit which will be featured at the JCC for the month of June. Sometime in May, staff of the Levin JCC and the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill were asked to submit their artwork to show off their various hidden, unexpected talents. They did not disappoint. As you can see, the staff in this building is creative and brilliant.
One of the participants noted, “I wrote a poem about inclusion because we need to break down those barriers of exclusion. Those people who have special needs, why do we have to overlook them?”
“It’s been so fun to connect with some members and families over this project – I found a few other folks who like needlepoint or cross stitch because of the needlepoint I put in. Not many people have guessed correctly which two pieces are mine!,” observed another staff member.
So how well do you think you know our staff? Come check out the exhibit and see if you can guess who made which piece.