On view through January 7, 2022.
Ray of Tikvah, Through Letters and Landscapes brings to life the magical artwork of Alyse Radenovic, whose breathtaking depictions of ancient Jewish prayers and songs fill the canvas with Hebrew letters like stars in the sky. The artist’s captivating abstract interpretations of pastoral and urban settings feature bold strokes and a kaleidoscope of colors that take viewers on a journey from Virginia to distant lands.
Inspired by passages from the Torah and Tanakh, Radenovic makes religious text come alive with playful Hebrew script that appears to dance the hora while suspended midair, tugging at the imagination and heartstrings.
Drawing on inspiration from Chasidic Judaism, Radenovic is guided by the wisdom of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who once said that the primary talent of an artist is to gaze into the “innerness” of a subject and “perceive its essence, and to be able to convey this” in a painting. “This is how an artist can serve his [or her] Creator.”
The Ray of Tikvah exhibition, opend Monday, Nov. 22, at Bodzin Art Gallery at Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and runs through Friday, Jan. 7, offers a ray of hope through emotive, passionate artistic expression with the power to inspire, heal and bring light to darkness.
Alyse Radenovic is a Jewish American fine artist who’s been painting since 2007. Her work is regularly featured at regional art shows and exhibits, and in 2020, she was profiled in the Washington Jewish Week for her contributions as a landscape painter. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her family.
Bodzin Art Gallery at Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia is located at 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA.