From Shlomi Schwarzberg, the exhibition’s curator:

The ORT Braude Academic College of Engineering in Karmiel is committed to vigorous involvement in Israeli society as a whole and Northern Israel in particular. One of the ways in which we uphold this commitment is by producing ongoing art exhibitions at The Lady Roslyn Lyons Gallery on our campus. The gallery’s exhibits have enabled us to introduce trends in modern art to the general public for over 20 years.

This exhibit, “From There to Here”, is the result of a cooperative venture between our college and Aliyah organization Nefesh B’Nefesh, which launched its Go North Program in 2009 to encourage Olim to settle in northern Israel. Since its establishment Go North has provided resources, support and assistance to more than a thousands Olim from North America and the UK, to make the transition to their new lives in Northern Israel.

California to Karmiel (photo credit: Robin Rosenzweig/Nefesh b'Nefesh)

California to Karmiel (photo credit: Robin Rosenzweig/Nefesh b’Nefesh)

For Olim artists, art is a form of self expression that allows them to cope with the challenges they meet as they build their new lives in Israeli society. Creating art helps them adapt more easily to their new culture, language and societal values.

This exhibition showcases choice works of 15 Olim artists who live in Northern Israel, in a range of artistic expression: photography, painting, installations, crewel work and more.

This is the first collaborative exhibition of its kind between Nefesh B’Nefesh and the ORT Braude Academic College. Through this gallery, the college is happy to be able to provide a stage, and a venue, for Nefesh B’Nefesh Olim artists and support them as they integrate into Israeli society.

The exhibition will run through February 28, 2013.
Visiting hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.