Tychman Shapiro Gallery

Fall Season

megemeria: new beginnings

September 15 – October 28, 2016

Megemeria means genesis in Amharic, the traditional language of Ethiopia. The Megemeria School of Jewelry & Art provides its students – Ethiopian immigrants to Israel – with a bright, new beginning in life.

This exhibit tells the incredible Megemeria story through moving photographs and the unique jewelry line which shares the journey of longing, renewal and yearning. Many of the pieces incorporate inspiring inscriptions such as love, friendship, happiness and hope.

The Megemeria School of Jewelry & Art, situated adjacent to the Yvel Design Center in Motza, is a one-of-a-kind school that trains Ethiopian immigrants, many of whom lack formal education and experience, to become skilled goldsmiths and stone setters. Megemeria was founded by Orna and Isaac Levy and embodies the couple’s belief that equality and success for the Ethiopian community will come through opportunities in the job market.

Interview with Daniel Sahalo - Discussing Megemeria
WCCO Radio - Jordana Green Show, September 14, 2016

In collaboration with the Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation

The 45th Parallel: Milan/Minneapolis

Featuring artwork by Joel Itman

November 10 – December 31, 2016

Created on the 45th parallel* in Milan, Italy, Joel Itman returns to his roots to the 45th parallel in Minneapolis to share his new work with the community – joyful, colorful, and whimsical. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he was educated in Art and Film at the University of Minnesota, New York University, The Sorbonne, Paris; and in Milan, Italy, where he lives.

As Joel recreates ancient images into present themes, he invites others to explore the wealth of Jewish lore. He researches, draws, and paints fantastical ceramic interpretations of historical objects, artifacts and illuminated parchments created through centuries to beautify Jewish heritage.

* The 45th parallel is the circle of latitude that is 45 degrees north of the equatorial plane. Milan and Minneapolis both sit on the 45th parallel.

This exhibit is part of the Sabes JCC and St. Paul JCC’s Arts & Culture season.


Opening Reception:
November 10th from 6 - 8 PM with visiting artist Joel Itman

Open House & Mingling with the Artist:
November 13th from 2 - 5 PM & November 14, 4 - 8 PM