JGallery 2019 Exhibitions 


The Color of Memory

APRIL 2 - MAY 20, 2019

Reception: 7 - 8:30 PM Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust

The J Gallery of Shalom Austin is proud to present “The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust” from April 2nd through May 20th.  This unique exhibit consists of the work of two area artists, Veronique Jonas and Julie Meetal, whose paintings embody the searing effect of the Holocaust on their families and on the Jewish people of Europe during World War II.

Jonas’ paintings poetically envision the experience of her family and the Jewish community on the Greek island of Rhodes, while Meetal's reflect the Holocaust stories of her Hungarian parents and the larger fate of European Jews.  Jonas paints with a heightened realism to depict the buildings of the Jewish quarter of Rhodes; Meetal paints imaginatively, creating a dream-like nexus of figures, symbols and saturated color.  Through their eyes, viewers can understand the Holocaust, not just as history but as the story of real families and specific individuals.

Although both artists live in Dallas, they created their work independently of each other.  While participating in an exhibition in Israel, they found each other engaged in the same mission and joined to create “The Color of Memory.” 

The artists will present remarks at the opening reception on Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:00 -8:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be provided.  For more background information on the exhibit, visit www.colorofmemory.com


En Plein Air: The Art of  Painting Outdoors

MAY 29 - JULY 15, 2019

Reception: 7-8:30 PM Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Artists explore the experience of painting on site capturing the ephemeral qualities of light and the color notes of the landscape. Painting "in the open air” is an art form and practice dating back to the French Impressionists. 



Eyes on Safari

JULY 22 - AUGUST 26, 2019

Reception: 2-3:30 PM Sunday, August 4, 2019

Pen & Ink artist Sherry Steele and photographers, Sally Sheppard and Humboldt Mandell expertly capture the people and wildlife of Africa. Sherry works from field studies sketched on Safari and Sally and her husband’s images document their photo Safari in Tanzania. 


Throughout the year, the JCC displays a series of visual arts exhibitions of photography, mixed media, paintings and fiber arts. JGallery features both new and established artists, local and traveling exhibits and more.

JGallery is devoted to expanding and enriching cultural life in Austin. By providing space to Jewish and non-Jewish artists, the JGallery offers the community the opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of art from a broad range of mediums. Through solo and group exhibitions JGallery serves as a vehicle to discover many avenues of artistic expression, finding common threads to Jewish experience, identity and culture. The gallery presents exhibitions and programming that aim to enhance knowledge, deepen understanding, expand art forms and take full advantage of each vibrant exhibition season.

If you are interested in participating on the Visual Arts League or for information on exhibitions, please contact Rachel Wimberley at rachel.wimberley@shalomaustin.org.