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What We See: Stories & Moments from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sept 10 – Nov 10

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Over the past 6 months, our lives have been truly upended – our routines destroyed, our work transformed, our gathering places shut. As a result, we are compelled to view the world in new and different ways. As a means of sharing this experience with one another, The Zack Gallery has created this exhibit: a series of stories told through narratives and photographs that showcase the way in which members of our community are looking at the world right now.

They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds
Carol Wylie

Nov 12 – Jan 4
Through a series of 18 portraits (in Judaism, the number 18 represents the word “chai,” which means “life”), Carol Wylie creates a silent dialogue between Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential schools. In her words, “the painted portrait is a true meeting of two subjectivities, requiring a commitment of time and engagement unique to the process.”

By interviewing, photographing, sketching, and painting close up portraits of survivors, Wylie creates an unflinching look at trauma, injustice, and the power of human beings to survive the unthinkable. The quote that gives this exhibition its name is from Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos: “They buried us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”


In-person at the J programs streamed live.

The Creative Kibbitz
Every other Wednesday, Hope Forstenzer, Director of the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, and Jessica Gutteridge, Artistic Managing Director of the NRT and the Chutzpah! Festival, will inspire creation and conversation. Draw, build, crochet, dance – anything! No artistic experience? No worries! All ages and abilities welcome. In person or via Zoom.
We 12:00 – 1:00pm
Sep 16 – Dec 9 – 6 classes
M $30 / R $52
P10001 Register for In-Person
V10001 Register for Virtual
Zoom link will be sent upon registration.


Gallery exhibits
If you are a professional artist and are interested in applying for a solo or group show, please contact Gallery Director at The Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery’s mandate is to exhibit visual art (drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media) by professional visual artists in the Jewish community and/or art with a Jewish theme.

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COPYRIGHT: Each artist owns the copyright in his/her respective images. These images may not be copied, modified, duplicated or used in any way without the express prior written consent of the artist.