Monday, August 23, 2010

Back to "Shul" Art Exhibit

How cool is this?
ORA will have an art exhibit at Congregation Neveh Shalom for about 6 weeks. It will stay on display until early October. A wide variety of our artwork is available for viewing in the lobby leading to the main sanctuary, and in the hallway around to the right as well.

If you're coming to Neveh Shalom for the congregational BBQ on Aug 29th, or coming to High Holy Day Services, be sure to take a few minutes to see our offerings. And if you've been thinking of checking out our Shul, now would be a great time!

Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Portland, OR 97239

Saturday, August 21, 2010

David Slader, guest artist

Interview with David Slader

Q: Why do you paint?
A: If I don't pain, I get depressed. If I do paint, I get to make other people depressed. Much better.

Q: Why are your paintings squares?
A: I'm cheap. Home Depot sells the boards I like in 2'x4' panels. If I cut in half, I get two!

Q: Why do you apply paint so thick?
A: It's called "impasto." I think that means playing with pasta. It's fun, like a food fight. Try it.

Q: Why do you focus on faces so tightly?
A: I don't mean to, but the models keep moving toward me. I think they are trying to attack.

Q: What are your paintings trying to say?
A: If I ever catch one of my paintings saying anything, I will turn it into a landscape - with a rainbow.

Q: Shouldn't artists strive to make a point?
A: No, that's why we have Fox News.

Q: Is it true your paintings caused a riot when they were exhibited in New York?
A: I don't comment on pending litigation.

Come see the artwork of David Slader at :

Sunday, October 24, 2010
10 am - 4 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Free admission

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Welcome 2010 Guest Artists!!

During the next few weeks you will have the opportunity to meet our juried guest artists! In today’s blog entry , we will list the names and media for each guest.

Each week we will do a close up feature about each artist. Visit this site often! You’ll be treated to some insights into the world of each artist and get a preview of what will be featured at our Celebration of Art 2010!

Fabric artists will include Laura Berman (felt), Diana Unterspan (fiber), and Ruth Kenner (quilting)

Painters Jane Levy Campbell, Donna Kuttner, Shemaya Blauer (touch painting) and David Slader

Photography by Jessica Israel and Barbara Berger

Fine Beadwork by Fran and Marcie Stone and Laura Dawson Rosenblit

Mosaics, painted glass, and/or mixed media: David Kohnstamm, Harriet Kaufman Levi, Maralynn Maltz & Olga Slutkovskaya

Save the date: Sunday, October 24, 2010, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Celebration of Art

SAVE THE DATE! The greater Portland community is once again invited to shop at A Celebration of Art 2010 ("CoA"). This is a one day event running from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday, October 24th. We will proudly feature the work of 25 local Jewish artists!

Shoppers can expect high quality art and fine crafts. Prices are reasonable and art lovers can feel good about supporting local artists!

In its fifth year, the art sale will again be held in the MJCC ballroom.

ORA members Leslie Elder, Susan Kuznitzky, Sharon Segal and Sabina Wohlfeiler will exhibit new paintings.
Paintings and ceramics will fill Robin Esterkin's space.
Ellen Shefi has new photography and manipulated imagery for sale.
Three-dimensional artwork will include Esther Liberman's beadwork, Eddy Shuldman's fused glass & Judaica art, Laura Fendel's functional fabric sculptures and Julie Hockley's precious metal jewelry creations.

Our next blog entry will release the names of this year's guests artists. Stay tuned, as the excitement builds!