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Art Exhibition: The Hurston Suite by Amy Kassiola

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


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


Amy Kassiola’s The Hurston Suite is a series of fourteen watercolor paintings
inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God,
the story of a young African American woman’s determination to find
self-fulfillment. Alice Walker wrote, “There is no book more important to
me than this one.”


Zora Neale Hurston (1901-1960) was one of the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, recognized for her anthropological research into African American and Caribbean language, music, religion, and folklore, as well as for her writing. Assisted as a student by Jewish patrons Fannie Hurst and Annie Nathan Meyer, she joined other African American intellectuals to support the 1943 Emergency Conference to Save the Jewish People of Europe.

Amy Kassiola leads workshops combining art and Jewish learning in the Bay Area. She holds a BA in fine arts and an MA in painting from Hunter College. Her best-known work, The Hurston Suite, has been featured at Princeton University, Haverford College, Brooklyn College, San Francisco State University, and the New Jersey Department of Education. Her mixed-media pieces have appeared in many Jewish Community Library exhibitions. 

Exhibition curated by Elayne Grossbard.