Melissa Moskowitz reports, “Two weeks ago, ArtShareCollective/LA was birthed in the LA branch! The collective is a community of Jewish artists who believe in Jesus and those ‘in the industry’ who will work (and play) together out of the new first-floor gallery space at the LA branch. Hopefully, the Westwood community will be intrigued by our presence in the space and many will drop in to see and hear more.

“Our first event on February 18th was not a public outreach, but a dinner and get-together for those invited to meet each other and brainstorm about how best to use the space. While enjoying a sumptuous Persian dinner, seventeen participants discussed various topics ranging from naming the new space to the many ways it might be be used and shared with the community, and how it might draw people to witness a story about Yeshua.

“There was a high amount of enthusiasm for the idea that artists could use the space for free to display their artwork or create new music. We shared ideas for film showings, photo shoots, poetry readings, spoken word events, and individual and group art shows.

“The next event will be in about a week and will be a community night where the artists can come and paint, work on an unfinished piece of music, answer email, discuss ideas for their work and perhaps learn a new craft (mosaics, anyone?). Prior to the event, the office will be open for cold brew coffee to be handed out to passersby, to hopefully engage in conversation and draw attention to the new gallery space.

“There’s much potential and vision for this new endeavor!”