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News from Middle Tennessee's Jewish Community | Thursday, May 30, 2024
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May in the Galleries: Featuring Works by Hal Wright, Daniel Arite, Jake Wells and Jym Davis.

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Hide and Go Seek, by Hal Wright

This month, the Janet Levine March Gallery will feature the work of Hal Wright. People have called Wright’s work, "eye-catching”, “engaging”, "whimsical", "heartfelt”, bold", “bright”, "unique". Wright started painting in his 60s following a long career in business.  

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he Energy You Are, by Daniel Arite

The JLMG2 Gallery will feature the work of Daniel Arite. Arite is a multidisciplinary artist whose creative practice encompasses drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculptural assemblages. He works with various recycled materials (including wood, plastic, leather, and metal) to create two dimensional assemblages and mixed media collage. This practice grew out of his views on sustainability and a desire to create art in an Earth-friendly way. Daniel's works are abstract and conceptual in nature and often reference metaphysical themes, a connection to nature and to each other. Over the past decade he has worked with organizations throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee facilitating community-based visual art and music workshops. He enjoys participating in collaborative projects with other artists. Arite is also a composer and recording artist.  

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Waverider, by Jake Wells
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Mask, by Jym Davis

The Sig Held Gallery will feature the work of Jake Wells and Jym Davis. Over more than 20 years of making art, Wells’ work has evolved to incorporate a variety of media, often reusing materials. His love of ecology and passion for education and the visual arts found their harmonious match at Turnip Green Creative Reuse in Nashville where he’s been able to give back to the community as a teaching artist and board member since 2011.  

Wells grew up in Missouri, but moved to Tennessee in 2009, shortly after earning an MFA in Painting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Since 2010, he’s been an adjunct art professor at various institutions, including: Pellissippi, Volunteer & Nashville State Community Colleges, and O’More College of Design. He’s also been a community educator, leading art and reuse workshops at schools, public and private businesses, art co-ops, parks, community centers, and Nashville Public Library branches. 

Jym Davis is the Endowed Chair of the Art Department at Reinhardt University. Since 2016, Jym has been a National Park Artist-In-Resident five times, at Big Cypress Preserve in Florida, Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, Craters of the Moon Monument in Idaho, and Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. His art residency work was featured by the National Endowment for the Arts. Davis’ work reflects his interest in conservation advocacy, and otherworldly landscapes, and eccentric folk customs. His recent exhibitions include shows at The California Nature Art Museum, The Swan Coach House in Atlanta, The Sage Art Center in Wyoming, and a 2021 solo show at Day & Night Projects in Atlanta (which at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution featured as one of the year’s ‘notable shows’). Davis’ alter-ego Instagram account False Face has 284 thousand followers. 

The Senior Lounge Art Gallery continues to feature the work of Robbie Laskey. 

The House gallery features the 2023 Under One Roof community wide collaborative exhibit. 


The Exhibition Dates are May 2 -30th. 


The exhibitions are free and open to the public. Any attendees will be asked to sign in at the front desk. For more information, contact the GJCC at 615.354-1699, Curator Carrie Mills at, or go to   

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