Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. Refreshments will be served.
Sonia Melnikova-Raich speaks about her two dozen art photos displayed with haikus she has written as well as literature from other traditions. Jewish meditative prayer and Japanese haiku have much in common for the artist.
Melnikova-Raich, a 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.
Sonia Melnikova-Raich was trained as an artist and architect in Moscow, and has been living in San Francisco since 1987. Her photography often recalls painted or drawn media. She exhibits locally and nationally; her recent solo show Elusive Poetry of Wabi-Sabi was at the San Francisco Zen Center. Her works have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Shadow & Light Magazine, Creativity Quarterly: Journal of Art & Design, and Diffusion magazine. Her website can be found at http://art.soniamelnikova.com.