Accomplished painter and philanthropist Barbara Hines drew a crowd of more than 450 for the opening of the exhibition “Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines” at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. Among the admirers were guests from Houston, New York, Italy and Israel.
The opening was chaired by Houstonian Carolyn Farb, who welcomed the Bayou City contingent led by Hines' husband, internationally renowned developer Gerald Hines. The evening also served to inaugurate the new National Center for Jewish Art, housed in the museum and focusing on Jewish and Israeli artists as well as historical and religious artifacts and ceremonial items for study.
The NCJA fulfills the need for a Jewish museum in the Southwest and intends to teach the basics of Judaism and the Jewish faith through art, bring contemporary Israeli and Jewish art to a broader audience, and break down prejudice and misconceptions.
Visitors — includingviewed the exhibition of 60 paintings and works on paper that will be on view at the museum through August 2015. Barbara Hines is noted for her unique oeuvre that combines impressionist treatment with contemporary style. A descendant of German Holocaust survivors, Hines says that she finds inspiration for her works in Israel and in Judaic themes.
The artist donates 100 percent of the sales of her works to charitable causes. Proceeds from sales of selected works in the exhibition will be divided between the museum and Chabad of Dallas.