Monday, August 17, 2015

Torah series at JCCs reflects artist’s road to recovery

By Sara Weissman
“Shoftim,” by Scott Switzer
CALIFORNIA---Six years ago, when he was in Costa Rica, artist Scott Switzer began “The Torah Series,” 54 paintings inspired by each of the Torah portions. He gifted the studies for his first nine paintings to the indigenous Wimea people. For the 55-year-old Idaho-based artist, there is nothing incongruous about the unusual origins of the series. Switzer’s journey as a non-Jew to Jewish art actually began with an exploration of Native American culture. Switzer’s work is currently on display in the first joint art exhibit between the Peninsula JCC in Foster City and the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos. [link]