Welcoming the Stranger


More than 1,000 Portland ‘weavers’, 75 spinners, and 20 organizations worked together to create an Abraham’s tent for the Welcoming the Stranger multimedia installation opening at the Maine Jewish Museum, September 3, 2015, 5pm – 7pm.

The exhibit highlights the treatment of immigrants in Portland during the 1920’s with their treatment today. Artist Jo Israelson, a Portland native, has spent 2 years researching the history of the House Island Quarantine and Immigration station and how the city “welcomed” those who arrived there.

Exhibit: September 3 – October 26, 2015
Artist Talk and Opening: September 3, 5pm-7pm
Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women of Portland
First Friday Art Walk: September 4, 5pm-8pm

Jo Israelson is nationally known sculptor, filmmaker and site specific installation artist. She grew up on Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine. Her art often focuses on a little known moment in history that reflects a larger issue within a contemporary context. Her exhibit will highlight two distinct but parallel immigrations: the Jews arriving in Portland a century ago and the Somali immigrants arriving today. Members of Maine Fiberarts will provide expertise and assistance in the creation of the community based weaving that will become part of the installation. www.joisraelson.com www.thestonepath.wordpress.com

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