Sunday, October 30, 2011

Celebration of ART was a big success!

Where to start? It was just beautiful, so many people worked on this show, so many friends and family members helped out, so many artists showed work with such diversity, such beautiful live music. Ro working behind the scenes and out in front, to keep everything running smoothly.

Thank-you to EVERYONE who helped today, and over the past many months. And thank-you to our wonderful supportive customers!

-Tired Mama Esther

Picture above: Susan Kuznitsky painted an amazing portrait of David Fuks (Executive Director of Cedar Sinai Park) while art show attendees watched.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


•Borrowing from the Haggadah....Why is this Art Sale different from all other sales in the whole year?

• Our sale is housed in the elegant ballroom of Mittleman Jewish Community Center
• LOCAL ARTISTS creating secular and Judaic art
• live demo of portrait painitng
• Booths are comfortably spaced so customers can move about easily without that crowded feel
• Our artists remain in their booths, available to YOU. The great romance of owning art purchased directly from the that you recall the experience of the purchase!

• sweet LIVE music will fill the room!

••• George in the morning 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 IN PM- 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!

Celebration of Art '11 10:30-4:30
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

EDDY SHULDMAN, our Shining Light

The final artist in this series is our founder and guiding light, Eddy Shuldman. Working with fused glass, Eddy is always exploring new ideas and inspirations, asking questions and proposing new answers. Never afraid to try something new, she pushes the limitations of glass, as well as her imagination. Her beautiful creations grace the homes of many Portlanders, and places far across the world as well.

Eddy is an idea person. ORA was her idea, and so was Jewish Arts Month (JAM). She has a special ability to excite other people with her ideas, and find ways to make them reality. She pushes our members and guest artists to dream bigger and achieve more. Through the force of her energy and enthusiasm, ORA has grown from a vague idea to a well-known organization.

We hope that YOU will be a part of our historical journey. Come to MJCC this Sunday, meet Eddy Shuldman, and see the remarkable things she has achieved.

Celebration of ART!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Roberta "Bert" Cohen- Jewelry

We are so pleased to welcome Roberta Cohen to ORA!
You'll find a variety of colors and styles represented among Bert's work. She works mostly in sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, natural stones and gems.

Bert's booth is a must see! Stop by and introduce yourself. You will enjoy the art, conversation and Bert! there's a good chance you will find that piece of jewelry you've been looking for. Bert accepts commissions, so even if you don't see exactly what you are looking for.... you can place an order!

OCTOBER 30th 10:30-4:30 Free Admission!
at MJCC: 6651 SW Capitol HWY

Monday, October 24, 2011

JESSICA ISRAEL: Not just pretty pictures!

JESSICA ISRAEL returns to Celebration of Art this year as an ORA member. She lives in Bend where in addition to her day job, she is an extraordinary photographer.

You will delight in getting to know her and in viewing her works. Jessica's remarkable scenic photographs demonstrate her ability to really SEE the landscape; capturing the poetry of the landscape before her.

The biggest challenge will be in the selection of your purchase…. Which photograph will win your heart?

CELEBRATION OF ART ’11 10:30-4:30 OCTOBER 30th

@ MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Laura Dawson Rosenblit returns to CoA

Sorry I don't have any new photos to share with you..... this is last year's photo.
You'll have to come to Celebration of Art and find Laura's booth!
This will be her second time as a guest.... and we are excited to see what new jewelry she has crafted!
Laura is very creative with an eye for creating wearable art.
Stop by Laura's booth and say hello..... You will likely find that piece of jewelry you've been look for everywhere else!

Celebration of Art
October 30, 2011 10:30-4:30
MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Saturday, October 22, 2011

JUDITH HANKIN: Paper and Glass Artist

Judith Hankin is a new member of ORA but she has participated in the past as a guest artist in our annual Celebration of Art.

Judith has a keen eye and a steady hand. Her skills in paper cuts allow her to create the resists needed to create her beautiful sandblasted glass. Wall art, ritual art, functional Judaica...she does it all!

ORA is thrilled to welcome Judith back to our show and to our membership. She lives in Eugene and will make a special trip to be a part of this event. Stop by and say hello. Experience her art work and discover contemporary Judaica at its finest!

October 30, 10:30-4:30
6651 SW Capitol HWY

Friday, October 21, 2011

Susan Kuznitzky

The old song says "If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you?"

SUSAN KUZNITSKY's portraits do paint you! .....if you are the one posing for a portrait. Well known across the country for her fantastic art work, Susan is a hard working member of ORA.

We are so excited about a NEW event this year: visitors to Susan's booth will find her doing a demonstration from noon-2pm at ORA's Celebration of Art '11. David Fuks, CEO of Cedar Sinai Park will be sitting for the portrait! (That's David below this text!)
Of course she'll have landscapes and other paintings available for sale as well!

In this blog entry we will let Susan's pictures paint the THOUSAND WORDS...... and if you commission her, she will paint YOU!

Celebration of Art '11- October 30th 10:30 am-4:30 pm
Portland, Oregon

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Diane Fredgant: Color, Passion, Spirit

Diane is one of Ora's founding members. She has a richly deserved reputation for her exquisite silks!

If you spend a little time talking with Diane you will discover how she creates her one of a kind, original tallitot, prayer flags, and wall art. Diane transforms high quality cloth into a rich canvas of spiritual focus. Her use of color can be intense and explosive or subtle and sublime.
She'll have a good supply of inventory, but if you don't see exactly what you want, don't be shy! Tell her what you are looking for. Diane accepts commissions.

Diane's passion for her work will be immediately evident when you see her work in person. Feel the richness of the fabric and experience her transformative artwork. It will stir your soul!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30TH is the date.... 10:30-4:30
at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol HWY - Portland

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ESTHER LIBERMAN: Queen of the beads!

Esther is a co-founder of ORA Northwest Jewish Artists. She is also our humble Web mistress, maven, goddess....well, you get the picture!

Beadwork is Esther's art , craft, and passion. Her work sparkles and shines and usually elicits comments from her patrons like, "How did you do that?" Stop by her booth, look at the amazing pieces of art she has created, and ask her the same question...."How did you do that?"
...then buy it!

Necklaces, bracelets, amulets, and ritual Judaica items will be featured at the Celebration of Art sale next Sunday. Esther's MahJong bracelets are selling well at the Oregon Jewish Museum gift shop...hopefully she'll have a few of those on hand as well at this sale.

Just in case this is your first time at our blog..... here's the scoop on the Celebration of Art '11"

October 30th... 10:30-4:30
MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Anna Kodesch

ORA is pleased to have Anna Kodesch as one of our newest members.

Anna brings a good bit of fresh energy to the group and her paintings reflect that energy! You'll see confidence in her strokes, vibrant colors and the ability to capture mood whether painting a naturescape or a portrait.

Anna's booth will be filled with new paintings. Stop by to say hello, discover a new artist, and find out why you need to own a Kodesch!

6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Monday, October 17, 2011

SHARON STERN: Visionary Quilts

ORA welcomes Sharon back to Celebration of Art....this time as a member! We are so proud she has chosen us! Her quilts have received rave reviews - you will find yourself looking at her work and asking the question "That's a quilt?" because her work is so painting-like!

The quilt pictured here is called "Raindrops Over Hime Shime" and is based on a photograph Sharon took while traveling in Japan.

Not only does Sharon have command of the stitching skills necessary to create a fine quilt, but her sense of color and composition elevate her works into the category of fine art. Her work is a MUST SEE!

October 30th 2011 10:30-4:30
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Oregon

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Glenn Decherd: Pottery with heart!

First time guest Glenn Decherd works in clay almost daily. ORA fiRst became acquainted with Glenn's clay talents at the Community Warehouse CHAIR AFFAIR FUNDRAISING EVENT.
He has been donating his artwork to this remarkable community institution for years!

We are so pleased that Glenn decided to bring his wares to a sales venue...and that he chose us!

Tall elegant vases, beautiful bowls, tableware and other pieces of functional art will fill Glenn's booth. Earth tones, warmth and heart exude from all his works. Step into his booth and discover Glenn's gentle humor and sincerity. Glenn will likely tell you (with deep humility) about his grand explorations in clay which led him to an Advanced Degree in Mud!

Seriously.... you will delight in his artwork and in his conversations. Stop by his booth for both!

If you've been reading the blog you know where to find Glenn. If not.....
read the not so fine print below!

OCTOBER 30th, 2011 10:30- 4:30 free admission!
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Oregon

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Emunah Noa- Turning Clay into Sacred Art!

Emunah Noa is new to Celebration of Art, but she uses the ancient material of clay to shape ceremonial and spiritual objects for personal wear, the home, and synagogue.

ORA is excited to welcome this creative artist who has emerged

on the Portland scene in a glorious manner.

In Hebrew, Emunah means faith.....Noa means movement.

You will witness her name in all her artwork. Her lines and shapes are graceful; the colors carry depth and the meanings are clear.

All types of judaica, jewelry, secular objects and more await her customers. Stop by and introduce yourself to her!

One of the best experiences you can have is getting to know an artist.....Buy a mezuzah, mount it on your doorpost...and everytime you see it, you will recall the artist and the moment you purchased it. That is the ROMANCE OF ART!

Come to ORA's Celebration of Art and fall in love with one of a kind art...and the artist who created it.

OCTOBER 30, 2011* 10:30 AM-4:30PM
6651 SW Capitol HWY.
Portland, OR

Friday, October 14, 2011

Laura Joy- festive fabric

As a founding member of ORA, Laura Joy has been exploring the possibilities of fabric constructions. This body of artwork transforms her spiritual journey into a fabric of metaphors.
There are layers and textures and meaning stitched into each vessel, banner and quilt.

A student and teacher of Mussar, Laura Joy explores her Jewish spirituality through the practice of middot or intentions. Her artwork is often the result of her meditations.

Visit Laura Joy at her booth. Experience her work by touching the fabrics, absorbing the brilliant colors, and exploring the intentions of each piece. Talk to Laura Joy and discover what artistic energy really means!

OCTOBER 30th 10:30-4:30
MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Diane Russell- 1st time @ Celebration of Art!

We feel so fortunate to be hosting artist Diane Russell in our Celebration of Art '11.
Diane introduced herself to us at an Art Spark event last spring. We raced home to look at her website and immediately extended an invitation to her.

Check out Diane's website and be prepared to be swept off your feet.
Diane specializes in portraits. She has a keen eye- not only does she capture a remarkable likeness of her subjects, but also their neshama...yiddish for soul. Diane is an exhibiting artist at this weekend's Open Studios. We wish her great success in that endeavor and look forward to the artwork she will bring to our event!

Celebration of Art 2011
MJCC 6651 SW Capitol HWY- Portland

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ELLEN SHEFI- Paintography

Inhale deeply before you enter the sanctuary of color contained within Ellen's booth.
Ellen has a remarkable eye and her skill in this relatively new medium is evident. A field of flowers is so fabulously real, you will expect to smell them! You can almost hear the footsteps of pedestrians walking down cobblestone streets of an ancient city!

Paintograpy is the art resulting from combining digital photography and digital paining. When Ellen is practicing her craft, the results are simply stunning.

To see more of her work you could go to:
but you will be more fulfilled if you visit Ellen's booth at the Celebration of Art '11 on October 30th . Join us for a remarkable day of art! MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland 10:30-4:30 pm!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

DIANA UNTERSPAN brings uncommon threads together!

Her colorful work with fibers, felts and other objects have been a popular feature of the show!

Diana creates hats, art assemblages, and Judaica. She has a creative soul and pours it into all her artistic endeavors. Stop by her booth and learn about how she is able to transform her silks and wools into such unique creations!

MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR

Monday, October 10, 2011

JANICE KATZ: Acrylics!

ORA is pleased to welcome Janice Katz, one of our newest members! She began painting seriously about 15 years ago. Working from her home studio in Portland, Oregon she uses primarily acrylics. Her genres include portraits, abstracts and cityscapes.

Jan's work always seems to tell a story. One of her newest series features scenes in a subway. These remarkable paintings bring a vibrancy to what many experience as an everyday occurrence. Many of us who live on the west coast have a notion that subways carry crowded masses in a dark train. Janice's paintings bring humanity forward enabling us to share in an intimate moment of subway life.

Come see this stunning painting in person. Meet Janice and discover her world of art.

Celebration of Art 2011: October 30th 10:30-4:30
Mittleman Jewish Community Center 6651 SW Capitol HWY- Portland
free admission!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Barbara Berger- illuminating photography!

With autumn , the light changes. We spend more hours in the dark. The weather shifts and we add layers to our clothing.

Barbara's photography illuminates and warms us. Both a writer and a photographer, Barbara has a way of showing the viewer a story within the every day experience of life.

This will be Barbara's third sale with ORA. Come visit her booth and check out her photos. Buy one or two, while you are at it!...And ask her about her writing! She spins a mean yarn!

October 30th 10:30am-4:30 pm
MJCC Ballroom
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Leslie Elder Explores the Work of Women

Leslie has a knack for capturing the soul of her subjects.
Pictured is a watercolor entitled: The Fruit of Her Hands- one of a series of paintings of women.

One of ORA's founding members, Leslie has tremendous energy. Her paintings are vibrant and soulful.

On October 30th you will have the opportunity to see Leslie's newest collection of work. Celebration of Art '11 will run all day from 10:30-4:30 in the MJCC ballroom- 6651 SW Capitol HWY, Portland-OR.

Admission is free...the deli will be open for business...and the art!!!!!....OY, the ART! Over 20 artists will fill the room with new works. Bring some friends and take an art adventure with us!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Delicious! whether we are talking about Sharon's subject matter or the fabulous color she lays on canvas, Sharon's work is DELICIOUS!

Sharon is a founding member of ORA and is the coordinator for this year's Celebration of Art Show and sale.

Sharon's style is eclectic. She draws from still life, nature, the spiritual world and whimsy.

Visit and scroll through her paintings to discover just what I am talking about!

Sharon's booth will greet you when you arrive at the MJCC ballroom. What a great way to start your morning....vibrant colors, serene landscapes, edible still lifes and astonshing spiritual explorations.

October 30th, MJCC ballroom- 10:30-4:30 Cash. checks and major credit cards accepted.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sabina Wohlfeiler- a new look

Sabina Wohlfeiler is a founding member of ORA: NW Jewish Artists. A passionate painter, she is well known for her paintings of garden flowers.

Nature continues to beckon Sabina's artistic eye and her new pastel works reflect her interpretation of the hills beyond the Columbia Gorge.

Come see Sabina's new works and the works of 20 other artists at Celebration of Art '11 on Sunday October 30th at the MJCC from 10:30am-4:30 pm. (6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, Oregon)

Admission is free!
to see more of Sabina;s work go to:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Newest Exhibit @ Neveh Shalom

Our thanks go out to Neveh Shalom for hosting ORA art work throughout the Jewish holiday season!

We are honored to display our work. Come see it! It is in the lobby of the the main sanctuary.

See something you like? Everything in the case is available for sale. Individual artists are also available for commissioned work!

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU LIKE, just contact the artist directly or send us a note @

You can find individual contact info in the artist directory in a notebook on the literature table in the lobby or on our ORA website.

Guest Artists Get Ready for the show!

Just a quick snapshot of some of our guest artists at a recent Celebration of Art orientation.

The BIG SALE is October 30th at the MJCC....10:30-4:30.

You'll see a few familiar faces and many new ones. 2-D and 3-D will be on display and available for sale.

A wonderful demonstration will also occur ......more details to follow!

This is a great way to show your support of local Portland, Oregon Jewish artists. Bring your friends and have a great time shopping for holiday gifts. You'll be glad you did!