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Art Exhibition: Up/Down

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Art Exhibition: Up/Down

Andréa D. Guerra and Elyssa Wortzman

On display through August 26, 2015

Click here to read Jacob's Ladder inspires S.F. artists in 'Up/Down' show in the current issue of the J. Weekly.

[jacobsladder] What place do we occupy in the world and how do we shift and transform? The image of Jacob’s Ladder offers a vertical view of spiritual, moral and ethical development in which one is constantly ascending and descending. Guerra and Wortzman explore the meaning of the ladder as it relates to redeeming, transforming, discovering and making sacred "place".

Painter and photographer, Andréa D. Guerra, captures in her work the presence of the sacred as seen in ordinary objects and in the midst of the world. She studied independently at the Harvey Milk Photography Center and received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area including at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and is featured in Congregation Sha’ar Zahav’s groundbreaking siddur. Andréa teaches at the JCCSF and is working on a book with metal sculptor, Beth Sousa.  To learn more about Guerra's work, visit .

[blueladder] Artist, teacher and Jewish Spiritual Director, Elyssa Wortzman, uses a conceptual, spiritual approach to explore the nexus point of tradition and contemporary reality. Wortzman is a Fellow of the Jewish Art Salon (NY) and 2013 artist-in-residence and scholarship recipient of ArtKibbutz and The Nathan Cummings Foundation. She has an arts degree from McGill University and has studied privately in France. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto and New York.  She is currently a doctoral student at GTF researching the use of art as a process of youth development. To learn more about Wortzman, visit

Elayne Grossbard is the guest curator for art exhibitions at the Jewish Community Library. 

Earlier Event: August 23
A Day of Learning