Pardes/Paradise at the Borland Gallery, Silverton, Oregon

Melissa, Jeannette and Annie, Dancers from the
Public Urban Ritual Experiment,
at the Opening Reception
Anne and Jeannette at the Opening Reception
The first exhibition of the traveling exhibit, Al-Andalus: Pardes/Paradise opened in the Borland Gallery of the Silverton Arts Association in March 2011. The artist transformed the gallery, formerly the living room of a 1910 bungalow that serves as the offices of the Silverton Arts Association. Visitors entered through a Moorish arch as they would if they entered a Moorish garden, always a symbol for Pardes, the abode of peace. They viewed the paintings and odes within an enclosed area decorated with hanging tapestries and Oriental carpets. Three dancers of the international dance group, PURE, Public Urban Ritual Experiment, offered a prayerformance at the opening reception. A week later the artist gave a talk.