Singer Gallery curator Simon Zalkind starts off a new gallery season at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center with a pair of different yet fascinating exhibitions by contemporary Israeli artists whose work might not otherwise be seen in these parts. First up is the visually stunning Anima, which features paintings and prints by Yigal Ozeri. His photographic, naturalistic, technically precise images of women in baroque, ecstatic poses meet the viewer head-on, with exhilaration or mystery; other paintings of ornamented period costume suggest the exacting influence of Velázquez and his Spanish cohorts. In contrast, the black-and-white photographs displayed in Avraham Hay: Face to Face offer insight into the lives of artists by depicting Israeli colleagues in their studios and with their works.
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Both shows open with a gallery reception tonight from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and continue through November 9; the Mizel Center is at 350 South Dahlia Street in the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center. For details, log on to www.maccjcc.org or call 303-316-6360.
Sept. 11-Nov. 9, 2008