JCC MetroWest presents “Creativity and Continuity: A Celebration of 140 Years of JCC Arts Programming” in the Gaelen Gallery East at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. The exhibit will be on view from November 11 to December 28. A reception will be held on Saturday, November 11, 7-8 p.m. and will coincide with the showing of the film Bye Bye Germany, which is an Extra! Event for the NJ Jewish Film Festival.
“Creativity and Continuity: A Celebration of 140 Years of JCC Arts Programming” highlights many of the cultural programs celebrated at the JCC over the years. Throughout its history, both in the original building on High Street in Newark and also for the past 50 years in West Orange, the JCC and its members and donors have been significant supporters of the arts and arts programs. Arts and culture have always played an important role in community life centered at the JCC.
Programming during the 140-year history of the JCC included a chamber music series, a resident orchestra, children’s and adult theater performances, a poetry series, a book group, a variety of speakers, the NJ Jewish Film Festival and ongoing art exhibits. In addition, the JCC’s Gaelen Center for the Arts currently maintains a School of the Arts with classes for both adults and children, an extensive children’s theater program, a variety of additional performances and films, and an active series of art exhibits in the Gaelen Galleries East and West.
Painter Mary Cosh’s lively paintings of teenagers and children fill the walls of the Arts/Theater Lobby. Her work expresses a colorful contemporary sensibility and empathy with her subjects. Janet Resnick’s remarkable dreidel collection continues in the Steiner Court Showcases.
The Gaelen Gallery East is open during regular JCC hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information contact Lisa Suss at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 530–3413.