MONTCLAIR, NJ - The most recent body of work by Israeli artist Shirly Bar-Amotz, Happy Days, will be on view at Gallery Loupe beginning February 13, 2013.

This body of work,  recently exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, is the  result of Bar-Amotz' winning of the prestigious 2012 Andrea M. Bronfman Prize for the Arts...."THE ANDY".

In this exhibition, Bar-Amotz has created dramatic "landscapes" crowded with details that tell their stories through flashes of fairy tales and a "carnival" sense of celebration.  Using rich animal imagery and a vibrant palette, Bar-Amotz builds miniature "sculptures" that freeze a moment in time and evoke the artist's recollections of a world long ago and far away.  Explaining her snapshots of fantasy, Bar-Amotz states:

"These are animals from 'there' and not 'here': a swan, rabbit, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, a camel that turns into a deer, a tiger, the king of the jungle from European fairy tales which arrived here and became something new: something local, Israeli, with a longing for European fantasy, for memory."

Brooch.  Sterling silver, brass, teflon plating, pearls, coral, epoxy, acrylic paint.

In creating Happy Days, Bar-Amotz combines both cheap, readymade materials with precious metals and stones - a reference to the material European culture that Israeli society redefined in an attempt to create a new culture.

Neck Object. Copper, teflon plating, pearls, epoxy

The exhibition runs through March 11.  There will be an opening night reception with the artist on Saturday, February 16, 7-9 pm.  In conjunction with the exhibition the artist will lecture at the 92nd St. Y, New York City on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 pm.  In addition she will be giving a workshop and lecture at Brooklyn Metal Works on Sunday, February 17.

About Shirly Bar-Amotz

Shirly Bar-Amotz was born and raised on Kibbutz Ma'abarot -- the granddaughter of Zionist pioneers of Eastern European descent.  She received both her BFA and MFA degrees from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem where she currently teaches. As the recipient of the 2012 Andrea M. Bronfman Prize for the Arts, Bar-Amotz received an exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, an accompanying catalogue and two works purchased for the collections of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Shirly Bar-Amotz has had her work exhibited in numerous international exhibitions including Israel, The Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States.

Bar-Amotz attributes much of her success to the support of AIDA (Association of Israel's Decorative Arts) whose mission it is to promote the development of contemporary decorative artists from Israel by connecting them to a wide international audience.

About Gallery Loupe

 Gallery Loupe showcases the work of cutting edge contemporary studio jewelers. Situated in close proximity to New York City it draws both a vibrant group of serious and sophisticated art jewelry collectors as well as individuals who are simply interested in viewing and learning about this important genre.

Representing both established and emerging artists from around the world, the gallery offers the public an opportunity to see the best and most exciting jewelry being created today. It often features works that use new materials and provocative subjects or approaches. Gallery Loupe's exhibitions offer the public a unique opportunity to become immersed in the exciting world of art jewelry.

Located in the artistic community of Montclair, Gallery Loupe is surrounded by interesting shops and excellent restaurants and is an easy walk from The Montclair Art Museum. A short bus or train ride from Manhattan, it is easy to make a visit to the gallery a full day's destination.

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Happy Days: Shirly Bar-Amotz

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