After a three-year hiatus, the Jewish Arts Fest of Dallas returned to the Meyerson yesterday to support the Jewish Community Center and local Jewish artists. To say there was a variety of art is an understatement. Appealing to everyone’s interests, the festival included music, speakers, comedy routines, arts and crafts, galleries, food, and more.
Thirty mini-art galleries were scattered throughout the Meyerson, where local Jewish artists exhibited their unique pieces. Galleries displayed oil paintings of biblical stories, “found object” sculptures, Hebrew inscribed jewelry, and more. The Blevins Studio gallery added a competitive element as the husband and wife duo sat side-by-side, simultaneously sculpting the head of a live model. Witnesses saw two masterpieces created before their eyes. At the Meridane Design booth, the buyer played detective, searching for letters and numbers hidden in each piece of jewelry.
Performance arts also captivated the audience. Well-known Jewish artist Rick Recht loosened up the crowd with both modern and classic Jewish music. After Rick rocked the house, Joshua Nelson mixed African-American and Jewish cultures. The fans were entertained by comedian and actor Elon Gold, who is known for his appearances on The Tonight Show and Chelsea Lately. The Slappy and Monday Comedy Show performed a lovable routine with music, dance, and juggling. Throughout the event kids migrated towards the Kidz Kingdom and enjoyed music videos, crafts, tattoos, and photo booths.
Taking advantage of the clientele, Jewish organizations throughout Dallas held booths with information about their services. Onlookers navigated through Jewish youth groups, synagogues, publishings, and schools to find out more about these Jewish services.
Did not make it to the festival? Click here to find out how you can support the JCC.