Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In Jerusalem, light from the depths

Invitation to the festive opening
A solo photographic show featuring the works of the multi-talented Richard Shavei-Tzion opened last Wednesday (November 18, 2015) with a packed cocktail reception at the Jerusalem Municipal Gallery.

Greer Cashman, writing in the Jerusalem Post today [here] has an article covering the event.

Curated by the long-time director of the gallery Dr Ziva Geva-Levin, the exhibition, called "Light from the Depths", features evocative and moody semi-abstract images of the Dead Sea.

Guests were given a guided showing of the works by the artist.

Cape Town-born Shavei-Tzion is an accountant who donates his spare time to several causes including Telfed, the Ramatayim Men's Choir of which he is director, and ecological issues. (The Malki Foundation's hugely successful annual Rainbow of Music concerts in Jerusalem are centred around the talents of the choir and its director, Richard.) A published poet, he authored Prayer for the Preservation of the Environment, recited in synagogues around the world.

Speaking at the opening, Prof. Ben Corn (Tel Aviv University) said the photos expressed “an abundance of love, love for everything he does, everything he sees, love for each of us, that distinguishes Richard”.

All photographs on show in the new exhibit, which runs until December 17, are on sale, with net proceeds going to the Jerusalem-based Malki Foundation. Its work benefits Israeli families who care for a special-needs child in the family home.

A second guided showing by Shavei-Tzion will be held at the gallery on Tuesday December 8 at 18:00. Places can be reserved by calling the Malki Foundation office 02-567-0602. Or email

From left: Dr Ziva Geva-Levin, curator of the exhibition; Richard Shavei-Tzion, photographer and artist; Debbie Fishman, Malki Foundation director; Arnold Roth, chairman of Malki Foundation
The photographer addresses the opening evening's guests. (Mrs Shavei-Tzion on his right.)
Richard explains a photograph to attendees

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