Seattle’s JTNews brings the welcome news that Offering Reconciliation (link currently not working), an exhibit of ceramic bowls by “Israeli and Palestinian artists representing their longing for peace and an end to the conflict in the region” will come to the Bellevue Arts Museum from June 7-August 19th. I’m looking right now at a newspaper ad for the exhibit and the bowls look ravishing, which is perhaps a strange thing to say about art dealing with such enormous tragedy. But what is wonderful about these bowls is that their colors and vividness express a hopefulness that can never be completely extinguished no matter how badly things go in the region.
The Art Museum site also talks about the artistic vision of the show:
In its conception, the bowl represents the connection between art and life, bringing to mind the act of serving an offering or preparing a feast to gather people together. Once Offering Reconciliation reaches its final destination, the bowls will be sold and all revenues will be used to finance the ongoing educational activities in Israeli and Palestinian schools with the goal of educating the youngest generations to bring peace to the region.
Another delightful element of this tour is that it was organized by the Parent’s Circle, one of the most impressive of all the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue groups. It consists of parents of Israelis and Palestinians whose children have been murdered either in terror attacks or military action. If any Israeli group deserves a Nobel Prize it is this one.
Offering Reconciliation is on a U.S. tour (link currently broken). Unfortunately, the portion of the Parent’s Circle website devoted to the exhibition seems to be not working so I can’t tell you where else it will be touring. But check your local Jewish newspaper.
The Bellevue Arts Museum is also currently hosting Women’s Tales: Four Leading Israeli Jewelers, an interesting-looking exhibit, until June 17th.