JGallery Presents The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust
LEFT: Under the Bougainvillea of Time by Veronique Jonas. RIGHT: The Ultimate Sacrifice by Julia Meetal
By Barbara Waisman and Georgia Levin
The J Gallery of Shalom Austin is proud to present The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust April 2 through May 20. This unique exhibit consists of the work of two Dallas area artists, Veronique Jonas and Julie Meetal, whose paintings embody the searing effect of the Holocaust on their families and on the Jewish people of Europe during World War II.
Jonas’ paintings poetically envision the experience of her family and the Jewish community on the Greek island of Rhodes, while Meetal’s reflect the Holocaust stories of her Hungarian parents and the larger fate of European Jews. Jonas paints with a heightened realism to depict the buildings of the Jewish quarter of Rhodes; Meetal paints imaginatively, creating a dream-like nexus of figures, symbols and saturated color. Through their eyes, viewers can understand the Holocaust, not just as history, but as the story of real families and specific individuals.
Although both artists live in the Dallas area, they created their work independently of each other. While participating in an exhibition in Israel, they found each other engaged in the same mission and joined to create The Color of Memory.
The artists will present remarks at the opening reception Wednesday, April 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. ■
For more information on the exhibit, visit colorofmemory.com.