Free event with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Eddy and Ellis streets.
The confluences of Jewish and Japanese world views, as well as words and images, will be on display in the exhibit Haiku and Prayers: Where Japanese and Jewish Converge ― Art Photography and Poetry by Sonia Melnikova-Raich.
The exhibit features more than two dozen of Melnikova-Raich’s art photos paired with haiku poems she has written, as well as excerpts from Jewish and other literature and liturgy. Jewish meditative prayer and Japanese haiku have much in common, according to Melnikova-Raich.
The San Francisco photographer is drawn to spiritual traditions that express a deep appreciation for the natural world. For her, the Jewish reverence for the holiness immanent in nature finds a striking resonance in the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which values transience and reveres the beauty in things marked by time.
The exhibit runs from August 11-December 11, 2016 during regular Library hours.