For more than ten years, the Patio Gallery has hosted the Mazin Art Exhibition, a juried art show highlighting the work of area artists. This year, before the exhibition, the gallery will host a Bernice Mazin Retrospective Show to showcase the work of the show’s late benefactor, Bernice Mazin.
“The Retrospective Show is important because it gives the public the opportunity to see the development and change from the beginning of an artists’ career to the end,” said Dennis Hummel, Mazin’s son-in-law. “It’s a great source of pride and joy to us as individuals and to be able to share all the work Bernice did with the public, especially those who may not be familiar with her work.”
Mazin was a beloved member of the Jewish community, said Slava Nelson, cultural arts director for the JCC. She died last year, just before the exhibition. As a tribute to their mother, Mazin’s daughters decided to make this year’s Mazin Art Exhibiton larger with broader geographic boundaries and higher awards.
“Not only was she a talented artist with incredible vision, but she understood how important it is to support young artists in the beginning of their careers,” Nelson said. “That was behind the idea when Mazin decided to donate money for this annual event. She wanted those incredible talents in the community will be identified and brought to the broader community. Not only was she a talented person herself, she knew that artists live mostly on their creativity and are always in need of financial support.”
The retrospective show will be October 12-November 18, and will feature her art through the years. There will be an opening reception 2-4 p.m. October 12 in the Patio Gallery. The Mazin Annual Art Exhibition runs November 23-January 6, 2015. Entries are due to the JCC by October 13. An entry form can be found online at www.jewishlouisville.org/patiogallery.