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Opening Reception: Jane Rice's Tree Diaries: Writing with a Knife

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Refreshments served.

Exhibit runs through Aug. 27, 2017

Memory is the source of Jewish self-knowledge and renewal, but is history lost to us if it remains unrecorded?  Our stories must be cherished and preserved if they are to sustain us in the present. Trees, long seen as models of steadfast strength and endurance, bear silent witness to the past. In this exhibition, imaginary diaries give voice to the trees’ silence. Their eloquent words and organic beauty awaken us to a deeper appreciation of the role of stories in our own lives.

Jane Rice is a San Francisco artist and poet. Her hand-made books have been exhibited at the Mendocino Art Center, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Jewish Community Library, and her collection of poems, Portrait Sitters, was printed in a limited edition by Propolis Press. About this exhibition's interplay between art and text, she observes: “I enjoy writing with a knife... for me, what gets cut away is as important as what is left uncut. This same tension exists between the unspoken and the spoken word.”