Foto Friday – From There to Here

January 4, 2013 - 5:08 PM by

Making art is hard, making it in the art world is hard anywhere and Israel is no exception. Here’s a hard fact about being an artist in Israel: artists living in what’s termed “the periphery” of Israel often don’t get the attention given to their more centrally located colleagues. Here’s another hard fact: olim (new immigrant) artists, in particular those termed “Anglo-Saxons” (meaning any type of Western-born English-speaker) often don’t get the attention given to their Israeli-born colleagues.

Leave it to immigration organization Nefesh B’Nefesh to take a step towards righting these wrongs. In cooperation with the Ort Braude Academic College of Engineering in Karmiel, Nefesh B’Nefesh has produced an art exhibition of works by Western olim living in the Galilee, Golan Heights, Jezreel Valley and Upper Jordan Valley.

Boruch LenPhoto by Boruch Len

Rebecca Gris AshburnPhoto by Rebecca Gris Ashburn

The exhibit “From There to Here”, showcases works by fifteen oleh artists: paintings, installations, jewelry, textiles, and of course, photographs.

Neil HodgePhoto by Neil Hodge

Many of the featured artists made Aliyah through Nefesh B’Nefesh’s “Go North” program, which was launched in 2009 to encourage Olim to settle in Northern Israel. “Go North” provides resources, support and assistance to over a thousand Olim from North America and the UK, to ease the transition to their new lives in Northern Israel.

Robin RosenzweigPhoto by Robin Rosenzweig

Elliot TuckerPhoto-collage by Elliot Tucker

The “From There to Here” exhibit runs through February 28, 2013. If you can’t get to Karmiel but still want to see the artists’ works, check out the online exhibition catalogue.

Jodi SugarPhoto by Jodi Sugar

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