Thanks to the vision of Memphis artist, Zoe Nadel, Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab (MJHR) is now home to a new, rotating art gallery in the Gomez Auditorium.
Building on the success of the event founded by Joan and Arnold Weiss, Home is Where the Art Is, art chair Zoe Nadel saw the opportunity to establish a permanent gallery in the auditorium. Her mission was to enrich the lives of the patients, residents, their families, the staff, and the community and to offer local artists an opportunity to show and sell their work.
Zoe took her idea to Joel Ashner, Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement for MJHR, who in turn took it to MJHR’s community development committee for approval. Zoe and her husband Dr. Alan Nadel donated the art display system for the gallery to the Home.
“The new gallery will give shoppers more time to decide on a purchase whether for themselves or the Home, and help raise needed funds for the Home,” said Joel. “We’re also working on a way to involve each artist in our art therapy program.”
The gallery will feature two artists at a time for several months with a month set aside during the holiday season for residents and staff to showcase their art. Just like the event, Home is Where the Art Is, a portion of the sale of each piece will go to MJHR.
Zoe Nadel is the first participating artist. She has 50 years of experience in the arts with work in 14 corporate collections, including Delta Airlines and Embassy Suites. This past year, PBS, Tennessee Crossroads aired a story of her life as an artist and gardener. Check it out below.
Two of her mix media collages licensed by John Richard manufactures for reproduction sold successfully worldwide and on Amazon and Houzz. Recently her art appeared in At Home Memphis & Mid South. In July, pictureframes.com contacted Zoe to feature her art in all their publications and on their social media. Check out her vivid use of color and shape on her website.
In addition to the art sale, many pieces of art from MJHR’s permanent collection are still available for dedication in honor of a loved one for a donation of $250 or $500 depending on the size of the piece. Or a donor can purchase a piece from the artist featured in the new gallery and donate it to MJHR for permanent display along with a dedication.
A contest will be held to name the gallery, which is open to the public. For more information on the contest or the gallery, contact Joel Ashner at 756-3273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab
Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab (MJHR) is a not-for-profit organization that provides quality care to people of all faiths who are seeking rehabilitation services and long-term care in the Mid-South. For 89 years, MJHR’s professionally trained staff has been dedicated to compassionately serving the needs of seniors in a warm and supportive environment. Located on 77 acres in Cordova, MJHR offers 145,000 square feet of inviting space in a park-like setting. For more information, please call (901) 758-0036 or visit their website.
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