The Art of Resilience

On Exhibit April 11 to May 6, 2017

Reception on Saturday, April 29, 7-9pm

An Exhibit by Azriel and Irene Awret

Yemenite Mother by Irene Awret
Torso by Azriel Awret

ArtSpace Herndon is proud to exhibit the paintings, prints, and sculpture of Azriel and Irene Awret, holocaust survivors and co-founders of the art colony in Safed, Israel. This is a unique opportunity to view and purchase this art for the last time in the U.S. as the collection will soon be sent to the Awret gallery reopening in Safed.

These internationally renowned artists moved to Northern Virginia in the 1980’s where they continued creating art which captures the beauty and truth of everyday life.  Turning away from their own harsh experiences, the Awrets teach us, through their art, to be resilient and shake off events which could keep us from achieving a happy and meaningful life.

Azriel, originally from Poland, and Irene, from Germany, met in 1939 at a Nazi internment camp in Mechelen, Belgium.  In 1949 they moved to Israel where they founded the Safed Artist Colony.  After moving to Northern Virginia in the 1980’s they continued to produce some of their best artwork together.  Azriel passed away in 2011 and Irene continued to write and paint until she passed in 2014.

Azriel’s artwork is in private collections as well as those of the Milwaukee Art Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in Haifa, Israel.  Locally, he has work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, George Mason University in Fairfax, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, along with other locations.

Irene’s artwork is in numerous collections in the United States and abroad including the Mechelen Museum of Deportation, Belgium.  She has also published an autobiography “They Will Have to Catch Me First,” about her time growing up during World War II.