As artist and gallery owner Niza Knoll watched the march of Neo-Nazis on Charlottesville, North Carolina in August of 2017, she became alarmed. As a descendent of family members who were lost to the holocaust and whose father escaped and survived, she was physically shaken that some 80 years later in the United States of America, the same rhetoric of intolerance that started a genocide was in full display. The event conjured images of concentration camps, immigration quotas and families seeking asylum; thoughts of innocent people who were killed because they were considered animals and “undesirable,” but had no place to go. And of the story, written by her father, of an incident with his scouting group just before the occupation of Austria by the Germans. As an artist, she poured those anxieties into her artwork and invited other, like-minded artist to reflect on the same theme.
The exhibit INTOLERANCE: Tales of Loss, Survival and Perseverance runs May 2 through July 13, 2019 at 915 Santa Fe Drive with an opening and artist reception on Thursday, May 2, 6-8:30 p.m. The show will also be on view during regular gallery hours, Wednesday through Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., First and Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m.