Evva Vale Reception
On November 3, 2016, the Alpert Jewish Community Center was buzzing with excitement from the artist reception for the Evva Vale Community Art Show. Throughout the months of October and November, the art show has been going on in the Zena and Pauline Gatov Gallery at the JCC. The theme of this year’s show was “Shalom to Us All” (Hello, Goodbye, and Peace). This year was the first year the show was open to anyone over 18 in the community at large, and the response was excellent. In previous years the contest was only open to art students. Participants covered a wide variety of ages, artistic styles, and ethnic backgrounds, with expertise ranging from amateur to professional. There were 30 artists represented and even more who entered. Some of the artists show their work at dedicated exhibits throughout the year at the AJCC. Cash prizes were given for first, second, and third place.
The work represented in the gallery is absolutely beautiful, including photography, needlework, watercolors, and ceramic art. This year’s winners were Sandra Joffe, First Place; Hyra George, Second Place; Sandi Candiotty, Third Place; Ruth Reiko Anisman, Judges Choice; Tzippy Markes-Barnett, Honorable Mention; Fran Drosman; Honorable Mention; and Ruhama Cohen; Honorable Mention.
Evva Vale was a respected member of the Long Beach art community and served on the Alpert JCC Art Committee for many years. After she passed away, her family created an endowment bearing her name giving local artists an opportunity to show their work. Representing the Evva Vale family at the awards ceremony were her daughter Emily, granddaughter Rebecca, granddaughter Nancy, and Nancy’s husband, Jerry.