The time has come; costumes are disappearing and holiday decor is taking its place in stores all around. Long sleeves and barely seen necks hidden under fashionable scarves are worn by people everywhere outside of South Florida. And sometimes around this time, people will say this year is finally coming to an end, but with so many events in this roller coaster of life we all live in, I would ask where did this year go?
As we remember, many events at the Alper JCC this past year, –from a sultry Jon Secada performance to our annual Golf & Tennis Tournament, –the season of cultural arts is at its peak with many exhibits you won’’t want to miss out on. Every year, from October leading past the New Year, a myriad of wonderful art exhibits and events occurs at the Alper JCC and around the area. Taking into consideration that at this time of the year money is of keen observance, many of the events coming up are free.
Among the lineup of events in the Futernick Art Gallery is a unique exhibit to please the eyes. Palette Knife Artists of Miami brings together artists who paint primarily with palette knives, resulting in thick textures and rich colors that blend to produce outstanding works of art. Artists’’ styles, subject matter and medium are as varied as the members themselves. This will run now through Nov. 9.
Be sure to check out Cinema Judaica: The War Years, running Nov. 16-Dec. 28. This exceptional display of iconic Hollywood film posters from 1939 to 1949 illustrates how the motion picture industry countered America’s isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel and shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life.
Following those and other exciting exhibitions and restarting a strong 2015, join us for a special show of five South Florida pastel artists whose luminous work displays beautiful plant forms, animals and objects. With various levels of experience, these artists show elegant style and brilliant colors adorning each piece as they create tropical landscape paintings. Natural Pastels will be on display in the Futernick Art Gallery from Jan. 11-Feb. 21.
Adults, children and fans of the acclaimed works of Pop Artist Andy Warhol will be thrilled for these next two events. Warhol & Wyeth: Behind the Scenes of the Factory Portraits takes art gallery visitors into Warhol’s New York Factory to explore a very special camaraderie between two distinctly unique artisans and their historic portrait collaboration through the lens of famed photojournalist Stanley Tretick.
In the Lisa Ann Watson Children’s Discovery Museum, POP ART! The Andy Warhol Studio will engage your children with this exclusive, interactive exhibit that encourages children to create art in the whimsical spirit of Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement from March 1 – May 29. Mama Doni Children’s’ Concert will kick off the exhibit on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. This is an upbeat, interactive children’s concert for the entire family.
Mama Doni celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in its high-energy, interactive family rock concerts filled with an unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin and klezmer –all woven together with soulful energy and a hip Jewish sensibility.
There is always something going on year ‘round at the Sablotsky Cultural Arts Center. The Futernick Art Gallery and Watson Children’’s Museum are open Sunday. Hours may vary depending on the exhibit, so for more information call 305- 271-9000, ext. 268, or go to www.alperjcc.org.