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: http://www.wattsfilms.com/timroth

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 sculptures....it 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!- http://www.northwestjewishartists.org/), 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 wonder....how 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 work....no 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: http://www.studiointhewoodsnw.com/
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!....you'll be glas you did.

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

Monday, October 11, 2010

Shemaya Blauer: Touch Drawing

ORA NW Jewish Artists welcome Shemaya Blauer:
Shemaya has used the expressive arts for healing and personal growth since the 1980s. In 1990, she first learned Touch Drawing and felt able to express herself completely for the first time in her life. Touch Drawing has become her passion, primarily because of its accessibility and unlimited applications. She has used it in her social work practice in many contexts, including with people and their families facing life threatening illnesses, as well as to inspire creativity and self discovery, to express feelings when there are no words, and for simple connection and relaxation.

To schedule workshops or individual sessions, or for more information please contact her at shemaya_toyou@yahoo.com or 503-816-6349. You can also view more of her art at http://touchdrawing.ning.com/profile/2thrive.

Description: Touch drawing provides a doorway to creativity where each drawing
becomes a stepping stone towards self-discovery, and takes one deeper into the
nonverbal realm. It allows places deep inside of us to express and release their authentic voice, while also offering creative play, relaxation, and gentle emotional release. As simple as finger painting, hands become the paintbrush and images pour through your fingers. This process has been used with people who believe they are not creative, as well as with artists of all ages and all physical and cognitive abilities. Paper is placed over an inked surface and hands are the tools making the images. Uncensored, organic forms emerge from inner sensations, and each drawing captures the present moment, becoming a stepping stone to the next.

Visit Shemaya at her booth on October 24th 10am-4pm
at the MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Anybody can push a shutter button and snap off a shot.....but only a talented photographer knows how to see the world and capture it in single images.

Barbara returns as a guest artist. Stop by her booth and look at her work You'll get a glimpse of how she sees the world. Talk to her and you'll learn even more.

You know where we'll be....right?

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

we'll be in the ballroom...with all the pretty "stuff!"

Saturday, October 9, 2010


We are pleased to welcome Ruth Kenner as a guest artist. Her quilts are breathtaking....
come see them for yourself! Her work is far from your typical quilts....

Federal Way Washington is home to Ruth, but she will come down to Portland to be a part of our one day Celebration of Art.

Ruth's website will introduce you to her judaica inspired fiber art work.

Come see Celebration of Art....and Ruth's beautiful creations! October 24th 10-4

@ the MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy.....

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fiber Artist Diana Unterspan

Returning guest artist Diana Unterspan will bring her uniquely inspired fiber art creations to Celebration of Art 2010. Diana maintains a beautiful website that shares her artistic vision and craft with the reader. http://www.dayenufiberart.net/

We encourage you to visit her site, learn about her process and get a sense of her work…then come see her at her booth on October 24th…..MJCC ballroom….from 10am-4 pm. Admission is free and the art will be impressive!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

ALl the way from Washington!

Olga Slutkovskaya
is a ceramic artist who will schlep all the way down the I-5 corridor just to be a guest artist. Her tiles will redefine what you thought you knew about tiles!

Join Us in welcoming Olga to Portland!

October 24th, 2010 10am-4pm @ MJCC
5561 SW Capitol Hwy.

Come See Us....You'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jessica Israel photography

Jessica is a photographer who will be selling her striking photos at Celebration of Art 1020.

She will join over 20 other artists in this 5th annual sale, featuring her unique photographs from all over the world. Come see what she has to offer!
MJCC 5561 SW Capitol Hwy October 24th, 10-4 pm.

Monday, October 4, 2010

David Kohnstamm

For 30 + years, art, people, food, photography and Oregon have inspired my creativity daily. Art has played a large part in my life from childhood and I can only imagine until the day I die.

Art was something I gravitated towards in school because there were no wrong answers. Art was a friendly refuge from the anxiety of my education.

Over the years I have used acrylics on glass, oil on canvas, as well as ceramic pottery and tile work.

My studio is in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

We're excited that David could join us for Celebration of Art 2010! Come see us at the MJCC on October 24th....10-4. You'll be glad you did!

You can see more of David at his website: http://web.me.com/davidkohnstamm/DavidKohnstammStudio/Welcome.html

Friday, October 1, 2010

Harriet Kaufman Levi: Mixed Media



I started my artistic career in the 1960’s at the Boston University School of Theatre. During that period I designed costumes for the Tufts University Theatre, the Kennebunkport Opera Theatre, and the Charles Playhouse. After attempting to do the costumes for Doctor Faustus at the University of Oregon while parenting two toddlers, I postponed my “artistic life”. For the next 35 years I taught preschool, worked for Headstart, and then worked in higher education in parenting, early childhood ed, and eventually found my calling in coordinating and teaching Women’s Studies. After retiring from 21 years at Clark College, I was then free to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. I work primarily in acrylics and wood, but also explore pastels, inks, watercolors, and multimedia.

I have shown in numerous group and solo shows in the northwest and in Daegu, Korea. Most recently(summer 2010) my work has appeared in the International Women’s Artists Exhibit at the Littman gallery at PSU, the Geezer Gallery, the Albina Bank in the Pearl, and a 2 person show at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.