The JCC Patio Gallery selected 24 local artists to be represented in the 2012 Mazin Annual Art Exhibition. This year’s annual celebration takes on a more somber tone as Bernice Mazin, the founder of the exhibition, passed away on November 15, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 9 from 2-4 p.m. Prizes for the top three pieces will also be announced at that time. The exhibit runs at the JCC Patio Gallery until January 8, 2013.
Mazin was a prolific artist throughout her life. She created the Mazin Annual Art Exhibition in honor of her husband, Benjamin, to give new and established Louisville artists a venue for exhibiting their works. During the opening reception, the JCC will remember the life of the Mazins and their impact on the arts at the JCC.
More than 40 artists submitted 144 works of art for consideration in this year’s Mazin Annual Art Exhibition. Wendy Smith, an artist and teacher at Bellarmine College and Indiana University Southeast, juried the exhibit. From the entries she selected 24 works of art to be displayed.
Accepted artists include: Mary Jane Allen, Elizabeth Bizianes, Nancy L. Burk, Pamela Couch, Teri Dryden, Sandy Geer, Claudia Hammer, Nick Hartman, Barbara Hitchcock, Shirley Knoop, Sally Labaugh, Debora Levine, Nevenka Martinovic, Bob McAdams, Luci Mist, Judy Mudd, Leigh Payne, Kris Philipp, Martha Plager, Robert Purol, Kevin Rose Schultz, Deborah Thomas, Emily Weihing and Suzi Zimmetrer. The exhibit will feature a variety of types of artwork including oil, bead, acrylic, collage, watercolor, broken glass, aluminum, bronze and more.
The Patio Gallery represents a broad variety of different media, artists groups, and individuals. It features shows that include sculptures, textiles, photography, and painting with approaches that range from representational to abstract, from traditional to cutting edge. Patio Gallery Director Bette Levy says, “We try to foster an appreciation of today’s 2-D and 3-D artists and often include artists who reside outside of Louisville. In addition, we often offer exhibits that address significant social issues.”