Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Presents Photography Exhibition, 1/23

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The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and the Whidbey Island Jewish Community will host Who's Minding the Store? on Sunday, January 23, 2011.  Who's Minding the Store? is an exhibition of photographs celebrating 150 years of Jewish Business and Commerce in the Pacific Northwest. The images are from the Jewish Archives Project, a joint program of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society and the University of Washington Libraries.

The exhibition opening includes a reception and concert featuring the UW Klezmer Band. Tickets to the opening are $10 and available from www.WICAonline.com or 360.221.8268 - 800.638.7631.

Who's Minding the Store? is sponsored in part by Humanities Washington. After the initial opening, the exhibition will be on display in the center's Zech Hall January 24-30, 2011.

The mission of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is to provide and maintain a community arts facility, and to promote, develop and present diverse programs of entertainment, education, and cultural enrichment to the Whidbey Island community and its visitors. WICA opened its doors in May 1996, culminating a 10-year grassroots effort to build a community performing arts center on rural South Whidbey Island. Serving Whidbey and outlying areas, the 246-seat theater hosts a year-round season of diverse offerings. A staff of five full-time and seven part-time employees, with input and assistance from over 400 volunteers, offers patrons a consistent, quality experience and a wide range of arts programs including performances, workshops, and lectures. WICA has an active 15-member board of directors made up of artists, business people, and other community leaders.

The Whidbey Island Jewish Community (WIJC) is a grassroots, non-profit organization aimed at celebrating and promoting Jewish community and culture on Whidbey Island. As such, community support is vital to WIJC's success. We welcome people who are willing to volunteer to host Shabbats, plan and organize events, work on fundraising and grant writing, and simply offer their presence to the community. Learn more at http://wijc.wordpress.com/

The Washington State Jewish Historical Society is dedicated to discovering, preserving, and disseminating the history of the Jews of Washington State. This unique history is shared through publications, exhibits, displays, speakers, and tours. The material for these endeavors is gleaned from the Jewish Archives Project, a joint program of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society and the University of Washington Libraries.

The archives are housed at the University of Washington Allen Library in the Manuscripts, Special Collections, and University Archives Division. Archives consist of organizational records and individuals' papers, photographs and oral histories dating back to the earliest Jewish settlement in Washington State. Learn more http://www.wsjhs.org/

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