KNOXVILLE, TN – The grand re-opening of Knoxville’s Schwarzbart Gallery opening will be held Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 6800 Deane Hill Drive, from 3 to 5pm. This is a free event, open to the community and members of all faiths. Hors d’oeuvres and a celebratory champagne toast will be served.
Generations of Knoxville’s Jews have used the Arnstein Jewish Community Center (AJCC) as a social and cultural gathering place. Since 1929, its mission has remained: To serve the spiritual, social, and educational needs of all Knoxville Jews.
Recently, the Knoxville Jewish Alliance (KJA) launched a campaign to update and improve the AJCC facility, making it more accessible to those with mobility limitations, in addition to completing some long overdue cosmetic updates.
The Schwarzbart Gallery – a permanent tribute to Judaic artisan Arnold’s Schwarzbart’s works – represents the anchor of the first phase of these updates, to be enjoyed by the entire community.
“I can think of no better way to begin our AJCC renewal and improvement process than with the installation of the Schwarzbart Gallery,” said Adam Brown, KJA President. Given how much Arnold cared about our community, combined with the fact that he was so highly regarded in his field as a Judaic artist, I feel this gallery is a perfect opportunity to recognize an outstanding individual who truly enriched our lives through his generosity, his art, and his love for our Jewish community.”
Arnold Schwarzbart’s works can now be found in Jewish homes and institutions throughout the world, are current and modern (reflecting his architectural training) while they also invoke feelings of an ancient history and shared past. (Image: The Shtender, by Arnold Schwarzbart, submitted.)