Jewish Center features late, once-jailed artist's work

Jewish Center features late, once-jailed artist’s work

The East Valley Jewish Community Center, EVJCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, has planned a number of activities around its exhibit of the work of the late artist David Labkovski, whose  paintings and sketches depict Jewish life in Eastern Europe before, during and after the Holocaust. The exhibit, titled “Documenting History Through Art,” opens Thursday, Nov. 8.

The exhibit is part of the David Labkovski Project, whose mission is “to teach lessons of life, survival, tolerance, acceptance and the importance of bearing witness to history.” The artist in 1940 was conscripted in the Red Army then arrested for anti-Soviet behavior and spent three years in the Gulag in Siberia. Tours of the exhibit are docent-led and free.

 In addition to free docent-led tours, the center also has the following events planned: Stephanie Wolfson, director of education and curation of the David Labkovski Project, will lead a book club discussion (cost is $10 and reservations required, financial assistance available); 6 p.m. Nov. 8, Leora Raikin, executive director of the David Labkovski Project, who will discuss the artist, followed by a workshop teaching Labkovski’s painting style (cost is $15);  9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9, Workshops, group discussions and group tours as well as a free screening of a documentary on a Holocaust survivor.

Information: 480-897-0588, evjcc.org.

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