Sunday, December 19, 2010

With All Her Heart

Sharon Segal has an exhibit of her latest paintings at her Doctor's office. It's a natural fit, because the paintings are mostly hearts, and this doctor is a cardiologist!

Sharon has spent a lot of time exploring the beauty of the shape we call a heart, and cleverly seques it into other related shapes as well. At first glance, it looks like a bunch of happy hearts, but when you take the time, you see deeper meanings imparted through color, position, and dark and light.

This special exhibit graces the walls of Portland Preventative Cardiology, at 2100 Southwest Camelot Court. If you're in the area, stop in and take a peek. It'll do your heart good!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

ORA Exhibits All Year Long!!

Following the success of our recent exhibit at Congregation Neveh Shalom, ORA artists will be featured in a permanent, rotating series of exhibits there, starting in January.The first of these exhibits will feature three artists: Laura Joy Fendel, Susan Kuznitsky, and Sabina Wohlfeiler. You will see their beautiful work in the glass display cases in the foyer leading to the Sanctuary.

Every few months, we will mount a new exhibit. In April, our exhibit will feature a sampling of all of our members' art work.

Our hope is to kick off each new exhibit at Neveh Shalom's monthly First-Friday Shabbat Service. The first one will take place on Friday evening, January 7, 2011. Services begin at 6:15 pm.

Come join us in celebrating art, community, and Shabbat!

Congregation Neveh Shalom
2800 SW Peaceful Way
Portland, Oregon 97239

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FiberArt Exhibit

A friend and I went to see the Columbia FiberArt Guild's exhibit at Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft today. It was very cool. A smaller exhibit than I expected, but still thoroughly enjoyable. Each of 21 artists has just one piece, and each is uniquely thought-provoking. Our own Laura Joy Fendel has a moving fabric construction with Hebrew text, and my guest was so impressed that I "know the artist."

If you haven't seen this exhibit yet, you've gotta move fast! It's only there till this Saturday. It's in the "Lab," upstairs, in conjunction with a larger exhibit focused on Books. Also, be sure to spend a few minutes in the gift Gallery downstairs to see some awesome fine craft works.

Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
tel. 503 223 2654

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
First Thursdays 11 am - 8pm

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Laura Joy!

A piece by our very own Laura Joy Fendel has been selected as one of 21 to be included in a special exhibit at Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft. The Community Showcase exhibit includes works of art by members of the Columbia FiberArts Guild, exploring the theme of "text." Laura's piece is a fabric sculpture with Marcia Falk's version of the Hebrew "Modeh Ani" blessing. The exhibition lasts through December 4th.

Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
tel. 503 223 2654

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
First Thursdays 11 am - 8pm

Monday, November 1, 2010

Did You Miss the SALE?

Or do you suddenly wish you had purchased some art?

It's not too late. You can contact individual artists and arrange to purchase something....or COMMISSION something.

Write to us at
We can connect you to the artist of your choice.

Give the gift of art for ANY ocassion!

Scenes from our show pt. 2

New Web Page

Check out our newest web page... with some nice pictures from our Celebration of Art show. Thank-you to everyone who shared photos!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

THANK YOU to our incredible musicians!

GEORGE FENDEL, Jazz Pianist and DJ
Year after year George Fendel comes to our Art Shows , sits down at the piano and delights us all with his amazing piano playing talents. He is also a popular DJ at KMHD radio....where he not only plays some of the best jazz you'll heart on the radio, but he also teaches (not preaches) while on the air. Listening to George means you'll get a first class education about jazz music. Tune in on Sundays between 2-6pm at 89.1 FM

TIM ROTH, Jazz Guitarist and Teacher

This year, we had another remarkable jazz musician fill the ballroom with some amazing guitar licks from none other than Tim Roth.

Tim Roth has been teaching guitar at Multnomah Art Center since 1996. He taught guitar at the Central Community School of the Arts in Arizona and at Portland Community College. He holds a Bachelors in Music from Portland State University, with graduate studies under local guitar great Jerry Hahn. His main focus is jazz guitar.

Do you have a special event or occasion? Tim's music will be perfect. Check him out at this website to hear/see a sample of his work:

Go to this website and see/hear him in action. YOU WILL BE IMPRESSED!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thanks to our volunteers!!!!!

Our life partners and friends helped us make Celebration of Art 2010 a success.
Words are not enough to express our gratitude.

Students from Neveh Shalom's Thirteen Mitzvot program volunteered as well. We couldn't have done it without you!

Pictured above: Juliana Levi, Jeff Edmundson, Ro Levi

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Today was our 5th annual Celebration of Art! It was a wonderful success! And we raised some serious money for a good cause, Kehillah Housing.

There are many people to thank... our hard-working members, awesome guest artists, event coordinator, generous musicians, supportive customers, MJCC, and the army of dedicated husbands, parents, kids and friends who helped make this event beautiful and successful.

To be honest, I am too tired to start naming names right now, but wanted to say immediately that we are incredibly grateful to all the people who help make this show possible. We celebrate you!

Friday, October 22, 2010


This will be Sabina's 5th ORA art show. She also participates in an annual show at the Japanese gardens. Sabina recently commented: "I'm pushing myself out of my comfort zone....using acrylics but aiming to achieve some of the same qualities as I can with watercolor."

When you see her work you won't sense any discomfort. Sabina blossoms along with her flowers. She knows how to see them and translate the deeper and more mysterious beauty most of us fail to notice.

Sabina loves to travel. She takes many trips and explores nature at every opportunity but ultimately, she joyously returns to her garden....and there she paints. Yes, Sabina paints beautiful portraits and other subjects, but again and again she returns to her flowers. (pictured: pale tulip)

Four new acrylics will be featured among her beautiful water colors in this year's offerings. Stop by her booth and schmooze a little, then absorb what she has done, and then buy a painting....a little spring garden for your winter walls!

Celebration of Art 2010- SUNDAY Oct 24 10-4
@MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy


Diane Fredgant- Smooth as Silk

Last night Diane Fredgant and Eddy Shuldman made the trek to the Couve...aka Vancouver Washington. Vancouver Hadassah women and some husbands made up the audience as the two ORA artists talked about how their art work is inspired and created. It was a delightful evening... a great audience!

Pictured above, is Diane talking about her work in crafting custom designed tallitot. Her skill is balanced by her humility. The audience was wowed!

You'll find more than just tallitot at Diane's booth....challah covers, wall art, challah covers, prayer flags.........and more! Her colors are intensely rich and deep. The imagery is spiritual.
Talk with Diane and you will discover how deep her passion runs.

CELEBRATION OF ART 2010! October 24th 10am-4pm
MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Oregon

Thursday, October 21, 2010

ROBIN ESTERKIN: Painter and Ceramicist

Robin has many talents and her booth will reflect just a few of those talents. Robin is a member of ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists and this will be her 5th show!

Robin has a number of new pieces in ceramicware, sculpture and paintings. You might find yourself buying one of her paintings to go with one of her could happen! Stop by her booth and find out how Robin approaches clay and canvas. It will be worth your time!

CELEBRATION OF ART- October 24, 2010

6651 SW Capitol Hwy


Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Some people know Ellen Shefi as a doctor of acupuncture. Others know her as an artist: a woman with a keen eye who shoots beautiful photographs and then paints on them. The result is eye popping colors and images.

An ORA: NW Jewish Artists member, Ellen has worked as a guest artist coordinator and we are so impressed by her organizational skills as well as her talents as artist. This is Ellen's third show with ORA.

You'll be delighted in the eye feast available to you at Ellen's booth. Stop by this Sunday! Take a look!

Celebration of Art Sunday October 24th
at the MJCC- 6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Eddy Shuldman, the "Life" of ORA

Eddy Shuldman, co-founder of ORA, creates inspiring works of art in glass. From whimsy to abiding faith, many of life's themes find expression in her colorful fused glass creations.

She comments on the creative process: "Glass is magic! Hebrew letters often dance across a fanciful screen in my mind's eye. Translating this dance of letters and images into glass becomes a meditative experience. I journey deeper into the meanings and fight the limitations that a solid, yet fragile medium offers me."

Eddy is the driving force behind ORA, and the creator of Portland's highly acclaimed Jewish Arts Month. Her energy and optimism are visible in everything she does. Come meet this human dynamo, and be inspired by her artwork!

It's THIS SUNDAY, October 24th at MJCC.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Esther Liberman makes it clear that excellence is in the details. Her beadwork is precise, creative and beautiful. Esther is a co-founder of ORA and her presence is felt in every activity this organization does!
She is our webmaven (see for yourself!-, she is the group treasurer, and she represents ORA on the Jewish Arts Month Board.
Esther's beadwork ranges from spiritual work including judaica items like yahrzeit candle holders, mezuzot and chamsahs . Native american themes are expressed as well as her passion for play. Mahjong bracelets and free form items will cause you to does she do that?
COME MEET ESTHER....a true queen in the bead world!


OCTOBER 24 2010 @ MJCC


10am-4pm......FREE ADMISSION!

Monday, October 18, 2010

LESLIE ELDER: water colors and more!

There is a spiritual and soulful essence to the work Leslie Elder creates. She is a founding member of ORA Northwest Jewish Artists. Her talent continues to grow and develop.
You'll discover extraordinary landscapes and culture-scapes in addition to portraitures.

COME see Leslie and 24 other talented artists at the Celebration of Art 2010!

WHERE? I'm glad you asked!

MJCC 5561 SW Capitol HWY


Sunday Oct 24th 10am-4pm

HOW MUCH? well, the entry fee is.............FREE....FREE....FREE....FREE....FREE....FREE....!
we want you to spend your money on ART!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Laura Joy Fendel- Fabric Sculptor

When Laura Joy Fendel retired from teaching she simply redirected her creativity and became an interior decorator. When she couldn't find the right accent pieces for her clients she began creating them herself.

A founding member of ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists, fabric art is redefined in Laura Joy's hands. Using numerous quilting, sewing and sculpting techniques, her art transforms mere fabric into architectural sculptures. Her sense of color and patterning is remarkable.

MJCC- October 24th 2010
10am-4 pm

ORA Northwest Jewish Artists

Sharon Segal- A Woman With Heart!

Sharon is a retired teacher, business woman and accomplished artist. She's also a member of ORA. Most of all, she has tremendous heart.....and she has been having great fun painting hearts; exploring color and movement and emotion. You will feel the love in her exaggeration!

Sharon's booth will be easy to find....walk through the ballroom door and she'll be the first artist to greet you! You'll discover far more than hearts.... still life, flowers, nature scenes, and spiritual pieces will fill her booth with magnificent color.

October 24th 10am-4pm
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Friday, October 15, 2010

Susan Kuznitsky: Portraits, Landscapes and more

ORA member Susan Kuznitsky has a beautiful website:
but to see her work in person is to appreciate her talent!

Susan will have several new paintings and prints. Her work is stunning. She recently painted a beautiful portrait of Rabbi Joshua Stampfer and his wife Goldie Stampfer. You too can commission a personalized piece of art!

Come to the J.....see Susan....and the other artists.

Location, date and times are listed below in the other postings.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Julie Hockley is BACK!

Julie is a member of ORA. Although illness prevented Julie from having a booth at our last two CoAs, she is back and her new jewelry designs will make you drool!
Julie is pretty clear about her passion for her artistic endeavors:

“I like shiny, pretty things. I create because it brings me joy. I love to bring metal and color together.
Experimenting with new ideas and techniques are always pushing me forward.”
OCTOBER 24,2010....@ the MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Free Admission....10am-4pm

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Meet DONNA KUTTNER, painter

Donna's art work is varied and distinctive. Come see the selection she will show and sell at CELEBRATION OF ART 2010~!

ORA Northwest Jewish Artists is pleased to welcome Donna as a guest artist for this year's show.

Just in case you haven't been following the blog, you can find Donna's booth in the ballroom of the MJCC on October 24th between 10am and 4pm.

Stop by and check out the work of over 25 artists!'ll be glas you did.

Keep checkiong this blog....we'll continue to feature artists as we count down to the sale!