Arizona Jewish Historical Society to Showcase the work of Beth Ames Swartz

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Only the mindless waters remain, Beth Ames Swartz
Only the mindless waters remain, Beth Ames Swartz
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Beth Ames Swartz
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Phoenix - Arizona - US


PHOENIX - Sept. 11, 2016 - PRLog -- The Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) presents Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), an exhibition of acclaimed artist, Beth Ames Swartz. Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) features works from several seminal series that span over 50 years, many from the artists own collection and selected by guest curator, Robert Pela. Each series underscores the philosophical, human and environmental concerns of the artist rather then a specific visual style. This exhibition will be displayed in the newly renovated Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, a historic former synagogue and church that now serves the community as a museum, cultural center, and event venue.

Renowned Paradise Valley artist, Beth Ames Swartz has had an impressive career. Her artworks reflect a reverence for the natural world while expressing her interest in the spiritual and demonstrate a highly developed sense of color and texture employing a variety of imagery, gestural marks, shapes, and words throughout her works. Swartz creates her art in series, exploring systems of knowledge and translating them into visual experiences; by showing the interconnectedness of one belief system to another hoping that each of us may experience a common compassion.

Swartz has an extensive resume that includes over 80 solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, 3 major traveling museum exhibitions and numerous awards, including the prestigious Arizona Governor's Individual Artist Award in 2001. Her artwork can be found in many public and private collections including the National Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Swartz is currently represented by ACA Galleries in New York.

The Opening Reception for Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) will take place Sunday, October 16th, featuring a special screening of Beth Ames Swartz: Reminders of Invisible Light, a 29-minute film about the artist. The recently completed film was produced by Odyssey Films has not yet been released and will be shown on PBS sometime in the fall. This free special viewing at AZPHS will take place at 1:30pm, space is limited and reservations are required (please call 602-241- 7870). The artist reception will immediately follow the screening from 2:00 until 4:00pm. View the trailer for the film at

Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) will be on display from October 16th, 2016 through January 21st, 2017. The gallery will be open to the public Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 until 3:00 pm, in addition to the First and Third Friday of each month from 6:30 until 9:00 pm and by appointment. The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is located at 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix 85004. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming events or about AJHS visit ( Direct all exhibition inquires to the AZJHS Executive Director, Lawrence Bell, PhD by phone: 602-241-7870 or email:

AZJHS Executive Director, Lawrence Bell
Tags:Beth Ames Swartz, Contemporary Art, AZJHS
Location:Phoenix - Arizona - United States
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