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Library Showcases 'Two Israels'

Terror and tranquilty. These are two sides of life in Israel captured in "Two Israels," an exhibition of the paintings of Joan Polizin that grapples with the themes of violence and peace in the country. The paintings will be on display at the Easton Public Library through June 27.

"The theme of the series is the side of the story that hasn't been shown in the media," she said of her 10-piece exhibit. She explained that media portrayal is often anti-Israeli. "They have the right to defend themselves,” she said at a reception for the show.

Polzin isBrookfield resident who teaches art at the Easton Senior Center.

Polzin’s art spans depicts peaceful moments of daily life in Israel to the dramatic realities of terrorism. One painting shows friends at a café, while another depicts an X-ray image of an Israeli soldier’s leg torn by shrapnel after a bomb exploded in a marketplace.

Another scene shows a man walking down the street in Jerusalem carrying a stack of bagels on a tray on his head. A fourth painting depicts a group of people in Afula waiting at a bus stop moments before a suicide bomb goes off.

Polzin took photographs of daily life during a trip to Israel in 2006. The paintings in the series are based on a mix of those photos, as well as impressions from stories heard from local Israelis.

"These paintings took me a couple of years to complete," she said. "I went to Israel after the summer war of '06, and saw the people affected by war, affected by suicide bomb attacks. I spent time traveling around the country, seeing how life was."

Polzin works in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, oil and charcoal. She can be found on her website ,

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