Renée Powell, an art appreciation instructor at the Reutlinger Community in Danville, is the featured artist in an exhibit of ceramic and mosaic art pieces that opened Oct. 8 at the facility’s Jewish Heritage Museum.
Powell earned a fine arts degree at UC Berkeley and a master’s in Jewish studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where she wrote her thesis on “Degenerate Art and the Jewish Question.” Powell also has taught graduate-level courses in Jewish art and politics.
Powell’s art reflects the experiences of her father, grandfather and other family members during the Holocaust. Using both stoneware clay and paper clay fired in wood, raku or gas-fired kilns, she produced tiles that show demolished Jewish symbols in broken glass. The exhibit, “L’Chaim,” also features ceramic objects.
The museum will hold an artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 and a conversation with the artist at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. “L’Chaim” is at the Jewish Heritage Museum, the Reutlinger Community, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville, through Jan. 27, 2019. For more information, call (925) 648-2800 or contact the Reutlinger at rcjl.org.