“A year ago I began thinking about the concept of walls stirred by the talk of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, and the conversations in Israel about who is able to go to the Kotel (Western Wall in Israel). Non-physical walls between people seem to be reemerging, like the ‘wall’ dividing white extremists and African American communities, or Russia and U.S. politics moving us towards another cold war.

Personally, after speaking with my new neighbor about the old Civil War walls that are now part of the woods between our properties led me to understand that we need to see how artists view these walls,” says Ann Treadwell, curator of the exhibition and Program Director for the Jewish Federation.

The selected pieces of art represent various thoughts about physical, mental, and spiritual walls. A statement by the artist about each wall is displayed with each piece.

The exhibit includes art works by nine local artists including Judith Mogul, Miki Boni, Tom Farnam, Anna Carll, Howard Kaplan, Dana Shavin, and Charlotte Smith. A unique piece, “The Wall of Criminal Justice” by deMichael of the H’Art Gallery, is a series of four smaller pieces. Regionally and nationally known artists include Harriet Goren, Cindy Lutz Kornet, Flora Rosefsky, and fiber artists Laurie Wohl and Rachel Kanter.

The Jewish Cultural Center, funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, offers programs, classes, exhibits, social services, and a preschool — all rooted in Jewish values.

The facility enables the Jewish community to raise its visibility, foster relationships, and strengthen its identity in the Chattanooga area.

Walls, a multimedia exhibition of local, regional, and national artists is on view at the
Jewish Cultural Center now through October 27.

Located at 5461 North Terrace, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37411,
the Center and its programs are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.

There is no cost to view the exhibition.

Gallery hours are
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
evenings and Sundays by appointment.

Schedule Gallery Talks by calling 423.493.0270.

The Jewish Cultural Center closes at various times during the Jewish High Holidays
specifically September 21, 22 and October 5, 6, 12, 13.