Israel 2015:- ‘Ron Gang; Artist, musician, and friend…’

Ron Gang at his show in Kibbutz Ulim

Ron Gang at his show in Kibbutz Urim

I believe I first met Ron in 2012 at one of the Israel Blues Society’s monthly ‘Blues Jam’ at Mike’s Place. We began a cordial relationship and we’d chat with each other at the monthly ‘Jams’. Ron is a very interesting person and our chats allowed me the opportunity to learn a great deal about Americans/Canadians who made Aliyah in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

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Members of Kibbutz Urim. Some have been here since the ’50’s…

Ron was born in Canada and attended the University of Toronto where he received a degree in Philosophy and Middle East Studies. Ron first came to Israel in the late 60’s and returned for good in 1972. He met his wife Estie here in Israel. He lives on Kibbutz Urim which is located in the Western Negev. Ron worked in the fields as did  most everyone who lived on a kibbutz in the 70’s. He also has held several jobs on the kibbutz and is currently involved with kibbutz security. This is especially important today because the kibbutz is located about 16 miles from Gaza. See map… http://yhoo.it/1z6n3sp .

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Ron’s means of transportation on the kibbutz…

Ron, the artist…

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We recently visited Ron at his Gallery Show: Exhibition of Ron Gang’s Newer Paintings: Here and There in the Land of Israel תערוכת ציורים חדשים של רון גנג: כאן ושם בארץ ישראל .

Ron and Eileen at Ron's show...

Ron and Eileen at Ron’s show…

After several years of adjusting to life living on a Kibbutz in Israel, Ron began studying art at two of Israel’s most prestigious art schools: 1980 – 1984, Ma’ale Ha’Bsor School; 1984 – 1987, Tel-Aviv School of Art (Kalisher). He has had many exhibits of his work including several at the Stern Gallery in Tel Aviv.

One of Ron's work on display in the TziUrim Gallery on his kibbutz...

One of Ron’s work on display in the TziUrim Gallery on his kibbutz…

Ron paints mainly plein-air full-sized oil paintings of his surroundings in the Negev region in southern Israel. He is a firm believer in the magic of oil painting, the use of multiple layers and transparencies, to utilize the potential of this rich and versatile medium.  Painting on location from direct observation is a way of life, Ron returnins over and over again to the same locations in his “quest to unlock the secrets of the land and nature”.

Ron sharing his 'plein-air' work with Eileen...

Ron sharing his ‘plein-air’ work with Eileen…

Ron – the musician…

Ron is a self-taught (mostly) musician who plays the keyboard:

Ron playing keyboard at Israeli Society's 'Blues Jam'...

Ron playing keyboard at Israeli Society’s ‘Blues Jam’…

the ‘blues harp’ aka harmonica:

Playing harmonica at 'Blues Jam'...

Playing harmonica at ‘Blues Jam’…

and is a talented vocalist:

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Ron is a popular participant in the Israeli Society’s monthly ‘Blues Jam’ at Mike’s Place Herzliya…

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We look forward to seeing Ron next year upon our return to Israel. Come along with us to Israel and get to meet great folks and hear terrific music…

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