Opening Jan. 8 is an art show taking place at a gallery that may have been somewhat unknown up until now, but hopefully won’t be for long.
Debra Malschick’s new work is a lovely exhibition that includes a number of finely wrought compositions inspired by memories of the artist’s time in South Florida. The show is up through Jan. 31 at the Jewish Educational Alliance Art Gallery, near the intersection of Abercorn and DeRenne.
What many fellow Gentiles may not be aware of is the fact that the Jewish community in Savannah has a long and vibrant history that dates back to the city’s founding, way back to 1733. For Malschick, the JEA provided much needed support when she moved here more than a decade ago to teach at Savannah College of Art and Design in its School of Foundation Studies, so she was happy to jump at the chance to exhibit there.
“Upon moving to Savannah in 2005, the JEA served as a resource for me,” says Malschick. “I have been to the JEA for lectures and other art exhibits. The importance of JEA is important to the Savannah Jewish community and as a cultural and educational institution in the Savannah area.
“My colleague and friend, Heather Szatmary, runs the Hillel at SCAD and let me know that the JEA was looking for artists to exhibit in the beginning of 2017. The timing couldn’t have been better. I recently created a body of new work that I am eager to share with the Savannah community.”
The exhibit is comprised of a number of exquisitely executed pen and ink drawings that utilize botanical forms and patterns as a starting point, as she puts it, to illustrate “how interconnected all of life is.” Her images show an obvious mastery of technique in depicting natural symmetries in all their intricate beauty. To her, they are the “documentation of bloom and decay.”
“There was never a time when I didn’t have a pencil in my hand,” says Malschick. “I attended the Tyler School of Art for my bachelor’s degree and California State University Long Beach for my master’s of fine arts degree.”
Malschick’s work has been exhibited internationally in private and public collections. She also does private commissions, sells prints, engages in a variety of site-specific work and collaborates with designers. In Los Angles, her work has been represented by Fresh Paint Art Advisors for more than 20 years and they recently installed a series of Malschick’s prints in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8 is free and open to the public.
IF YOU GO
What: New work by Debra Malschick
When: Jan. 8-31; opening reception is 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8
Where: JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St.