Monday, March 24, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

ORA Artist Spotting

Now you can find the work of our bead artist, Esther Liberman, available for sale at AFIKOMEN Jewish bookstore & gift shop in Berkeley, California.

Esther's glass-bead kippot and Hamsa pendants are now for sale at Afikomen. If you're anywhere in the Bay Area, make a point of visiting this wonderful store. Not only do they have every kind of Jewish book you could possibly want, they also have an amazing array of ritual items and works by Jewish artists from all over the world.

Afikomen Judaica
3042 Claremont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

Women's Day of Jewish Learning

Several of us displayed our art at this function....

While I await photos from those who took them - I will post what I displayed...

This was my explanation of my work....Except for photos from Jerusalem, I do not do what I call Judaic themes - but I liked that I was pushed to do a Miriam theme for this event.....

Titles: Miriam, Moses and the River [ 1 and 2]

Water has always been a source of inspiration for me and this collage is uses photographs of the Columbia River and important people in my life.

The collage was done on my computer using both digital and scanned photos some of which were stylized and then all compiled using Photoshop Elements.

Click on the images to enlarge them

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Theme Exhibit: MIRIAM

On Sunday, March 9th, the Women's Day of Jewish Learning will take place at Mittelman Jewish Community Center. A day of classes, workshops, and fellowship, this year's theme is the prophetess MIRIAM. Joining this year's event will be a new exhibit by ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists, featuring works of art exploring the many sides of Miriam's story and continuing influence.

If you're participating in the event, or if you're in the area, drop in to see our exhibit and chat with our artists! We'll be there from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 503.244.0111

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Oregon Jewish Museum

Today's Oregonian has an article about the Oregon Jewish Museum [see article HERE] in which ORA artists were mentioned as one of their recent shows.

Here is another photo from our "Exodus" opening - it's the director, Judy Margles, and our floral display, the wine and munchies.... and a fabric sculpture by our own Laura Joy Fendel.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Perfect for a "little princess wanna-be," this beautiful chair once looked like this.

Now it looks like this.

You've got to see this chair up close to appreciate the artistry. Complete with crown, this chair will transport a little girl to her fairyland castle!

Artists Diane Fredgant, Laura Fendel and Robin Esterkin have crafted an exceptional chair that will be auctioned off at the community warehouse.

Eddy's chair, see post below, has been transformed into a fountain. It is was hard to photograph (glass always is!).

The fountain is called "Waters of Life". It pumps 66 gallons of water an hour.

The Chair Affair will have Eddy's glassy chair and the princess-wanna be chairs on the auction block to benefit the COMMUNITY WAREHOUSE.

Professional photos of these chairs will soon appear on the Community Warehouse website: and click on the chair affair for details.

Let's hope these two donations bring in some needed cash to support needy families in our community.