Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gallery owner and ORA member Roberta Cohen will host our November professional development meeting.

Not only will Roberta open up her beautiful space for this meeting, but she will also be a panel member along with artists David Slader, Anna Kodesch and retired gallery owner Julie Gottlieb.

Our topic? How to Market Yourself to Galleries!

ORA members and COA guest artists are invited to join us in this great piece of programming organized by our education chairperson, Laurie Fendel.

If you want to join us and are not an ORA member or guest artist...drop us a note and tell us you are interested....We'll tell you the date and time. We'd like to include you, provided we have the space!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

More scenes from our fall art Sale!

      New Member- Bob Sorkin, photographer

Our Membership Chairperson- Roberta Cohen, jewelry

New member- Jonathon Lietz, painter

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Harriet Levi at the COA

Guest artist Harriet Levi had a beautiful display of paintings at ORA's Celebration of Art 2012~!

Harriet is active in the Portland arts community, participating in numerous group and solo shows. Her booth was filled with colorful paintings and an electric personality! 

Her website is filled with her beautiful artwork as well as contact information.  Check her out!!!!         

Monday, October 22, 2012

Celebration of Art 2012

I was too busy having great conversations with my customers to get to my camera to capture great crowd shots. This will have to do! 

We had a wonderfully supportive audience for the show/sale and we are most grateful to the community for joining us!

George Fendel set the mood with his fabulous jazz piano stylings and jazz guitarist, Tim Roth closed out the afternoon with his beautiful  music. 

Thank you to our fabulous member and guest artists, all the friends and family who helped us set up and take the MJCC for their support, and of course...much gratitude to the community that came out to view our work and purchase art!    There will be additional member shows in the next several months.  

If you want information or would like to be on a mailing list, drop us a note:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ellen Shefi: Seeing the Natural World

When a photograph makes you feel like you are there- in that place, in that know you got to have it! 

Ellen Shefi takes photographs that transport the viewer into her space the moment she snaps the shutter button. The colors are bold, brilliant , alive!

Come see Ellen's newest work. Nourish your soul and bring a new photograph home.

 MJCC  6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Or  503.244.0794

Admission is free! day only!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Jonathon Lietz: A Painter With New Angles !

We are most pleased to welcome Jonathon Lietz to our artists' collective. Jonathon brings his skills as a painter to capture styles of painting not reperesented in our group. Not only that, but he's a warm and friendly guy! Come meet him at our annual 
Celebration of Art 2012!
It's this Sunday, October 21st
10:30am-4:30 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland Oregon  

Admission is free, the art is fabulous and we'll have live music for much of the day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Meet Brauna Ritchie!

Glass and Metal are two of artist Brauna Ritchie's materials employed in her art. Sometimes they appear together in her mixed media works.  The results are exciting!  

Check out the variety of work that has just emerged from her studio. You will Brauna and her art at the Celebration of Art Sale at the MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy- Portland Oregon
on Sunday, October 21st 10:30 am- 4:30 pm

ORA is pleased to welcome this exciting new guest artist!

Monday, October 15, 2012

There's no place like home! : Sharon Stern

Sharon has a knack for recognizing what translates a house into a home. 
Often working from photographs, Sharon transforms the craft of quilting into an art form. 

Her quilts will be available for purchase on October 21st at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center between 10:30am-4:30 pm.
6651 SW Capitol Hwy- Portland Oregon   503.244.0794

It's the annual ORA Northwest Jewish Arts Celebration of Art!
Admission is free!

You'll also find ceramics, paintings, jewelry, glass, photography, fiber art and silk paintings...and more!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Linda Bourne:Exciting new ORA Artist!

Stop by Linda's booth next Sunday and you will discover what distinguishes her work from most other ceramicists. You'll discover that her techniques for styling and coloring clay are really quite remarkable. You'll delight in schmoozing with her and you will be thrilled when you make your decision to bring home at least one of her beautiful works. Stop by early for your best selection. This work isn't going to stick around for long!
              SUNDAY OCTOBER 21  10:30am- 4:30 pm
  MJCC 6651 SW Capitol HWY - Portland     503.244.0111


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

KBOO Yiddish Hour Info

We love KBOO and we especially adore the Yiddish Hour on Sunday mornings.
They have been a strong supporter of the Jewish arts here in Portland while promoting yiddish and Jewish music on the air!

Some of can't tune in on Sunday mornings because of other here's some really great news I just received from them:


This is the best way to submit calendar items for broadcast on the Yiddish Hour.  In general, we announce events that are open to the entire community and appear to have general interest.  Due to time limitations, we are not always able to announce all items, and some items may be edited for content and length.  All items must be compatible with KBOO's policies about what can be broadcast

Thanks again, 
The Portland Yiddish Hour Hosts

Friday, September 21, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: Oct 21, 2012

CELEBRATION OF ART returns to Portland on October 21st at Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

Last year more than 600 customers came through our show! New artists, returning artists, fabulous art... it will all be there!

Free admission....10:30am-4:30pm

More information about our artists coming. STAY TUNED!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Leslie's Watercolor Honored

Leslie Elder's beautiful watercolor painting, "Smoothing Out
The Wrinkles", has been selected to appear in the upcoming Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall Show at Resort at the Mountain  
in Welches, Oregon, taking place October 6-26.  We're so proud of Leslie's continuing accomplishments in the world of watercolor!

Commenting on the symbolism of this painting, Leslie cites a quote from Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller:
"The Eyshet Chayil poem, which extols the virtue of the ideal Jewish woman, contains the phrase 'Her husband is known at the gates.'  The fact that her husband is known at the gates is viewed as HER praise because the likelihood is that she is the cause and the inspiration."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Willa Schneberg at the Oregon Jewish Museum!

Here's the link to some fabulous events at the Oregon Jewish Museum!

They involve presentations and workshops!!!! A Must SEE...Must DO!!!!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


                       is at it again! 

This incredibly gifted painter and teacher will be featured in      
               several  free demonstrations!

Plein Air Painting
at the Lake Oswego Saturday Market
Saturday August 18th
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
R Blooms, 267 A Avenue
Friday September 7th
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Art in the Pearl
Pastel Demo
Oregon Society of Artists booth
Figure in the Landscape
Sunday September 2nd
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Oregon Society of Artists
Pastel Demo Part 1
Color theory
Thursday September 13th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pastel Demo Part 2
Portraits:Getting a likeness
Thursday October 4th
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

For more information
on classes and workshops
email her at... 

Saturday, June 30, 2012


ORA Artist Judith Hankin had a beautiful display of her paper cuts and her etched glassware. 

Four ORA artists offered artwork for sale. I'll post more pictures soon!

Friday, June 29, 2012

New Work from Sharon Segal

This is one of my favorite paintings in Sharon Segal's newest collection of paintings.

A tribute to the great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (z"l); scholar, teacher and humanitarian.  I love the diverse components:  the prayer shawl, Torah text and his wise face glowing in the light of Torah. Notice how the Tallit clips set off the painting with just the right spark of color.

Sharon's work is available for sale....check the ORA website for contact information. Sharon also has a blog featuring her delightful greeting cards! Check it out!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

We've Got a Winner!

We're so proud of our Sabina Wohlfeiler, who recently won an award in the Oregon Symphony 2012-13 Photo Contest!!  Her beautiful photo was taken on a bike trip to the Gulf Islands.

Here's what Sabina says about this picture:

Charles Ives' "Unanswered Question" has long been a favorite of mine.  The first time I had an opportunity to hear it performed LIVE was with our wonderful Oregon Symphony.  I was spellbound by the beauty of their interpretation.

This image, taken on a recent bicycle trip to the Gulf Islands, has visual elements in it that echo musical elements used by  Ives.  The landform at the right pierces the stillness on the water much the same way as the trumpet pierces the near silence,  stating Ives' "question".  The form on the left begins with a small point and grows larger and stronger, becoming the most intense part of the image.  This corresponds to the woodwinds' increasingly intense "response" to the question.

I believe that the language of art is universal.   Whether stated visually or musically, it is available to everyone!

Well-said, Sabina!


We're looking for a great pop-up space.....can you help us?

CELEBRATION OF ART 2012 will look a good bit different this year! (we hope)

We are looking for a pop up space in a retail or warehouse space that will allow our expanded membership a better opportunity to  display and sell their art.


Our research tells us that properties that have been sitting vacant usually rent or lease quickly after they have been used as a pop up space. Potential tenants see the space being used and witness the healthy foot traffic.   CAN YOU HELP US OUT?

* see the earlier posting to learn who our newest members are!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Robin's work can be seen is some detail via a slide show on the Orange County JCC gallery site.

CHECK HER OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

We'll do a separate blog feature on all our artists as the year progresses...but in the meantime....

Thursday, June 14, 2012


       * pictured above is a small sample of a textile by  Robin Atlas


Our little artist guild is growing and we are so delighted to see this new talent join us. We will learn and grow together!

Robin Atlas, textiles
Linda Bourne, ceramics/clay
Jonas Blaut, stone sculpture
Hank Keeton, photography
Jonathon Lietz, acrylics & watercolors
Bob Sorkin, photography

In addition, we want to congratulate the following guest artists who successfully juried into our annual Celebration of Art Show coming this November:

Daniel Florea, gouache and oil painting
Harriet Levi, painting
Naomi Abrams Reinstein, collage
Brauna Ritchie, mixed media with glass
Wendy Steinberg, oil painting

Monday, June 11, 2012

Painting Upside-Down

Sabina Wohlfeiler writes....

I still love watercolors.  The luminosity, the transparency, the immediacy, and the magical mixing of water, pigment, and artist intention will forever please me.  But I very much dislike matting and framing and transporting my finished watercolors.  In spite of great care and cushioning, my last two shows had shattered glass episodes.  "Enough!" I said.

It was time to overcome my biases against acrylic painting and learn how to use the medium with success and satisfaction.  I enrolled in a beginning painting class at PSU with Brendan Clenaghen

Yes, I've been painting for over 20 years, but I'm a raw beginner with acrylics.  Most of the others in the class were decades younger, but they had far more experience with acrylics.  I loved being around their youthful energy and readily accepted their generously offered suggestions, as I struggled to get a handle on the paint properties.  Brendan provided the perfect mix of structure, breathing room, encouragement and humor.  I was so sorry to see the class come to an end, after 10 rewarding weeks (60 hours of class time).

BUT….. I have six new paintings which satisfy me and show a steady progress toward my goal.  In fact, I surprised myself with several artistic breakthroughs, the most dramatic of which was enjoying painting upside down!  I turned my reference photo upside down and thus tricked my brain into seeing JUST SHAPES.   The images flowed from my brush with relative ease, making for a much more pleasurable painting experience.  And during the process there was a shift, when I actually became an instrument of the image, allowing me to facilitate, more than direct, its appearance on the canvas!  I think that's referred to as being in a state of "flow".

All of the paintings were impressions of people I saw on a recent trip to Cuba.  The University of Wisconsin Alumni Association sent me an e-mail, advertising a government sanctioned, ARTS-focused trip, an offer I could not refuse.   This was perhaps the most interesting and informative of my recent travels.  The most lasting impression I had was of the lovely spirit and energy of the Cuban people (and their incredible music!), which thrives in spite of dire economic conditions, crumbling buildings, the collapse of Russia, and the continuation of our damaging embargo.

The painting here is of a pair of Cuban boys caught in a sunny-day's rainstorm.  I intend to show these paintings, and others, at ORA's upcoming Celebration of Art in October.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

ANNA KODESCH- new exhibit!

Works from an Unfinished Room
BC Gallery at Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry
2328 NW Westover Rd
June 7, 5:30-8:30pm

about the work in the show:
Anna loves to challenge the notion of "accurate color" by using the paint on the canvas as a medium to prove that accuracy does not always equal perfect aesthetics. She does this by taking seemingly unrelated splotches of paint and combining them in such a way that, as a finished product, they result in a true, beautiful, artistic representation of the subject – whether that be a face, a landscape or a piece of fruit

Friday, May 11, 2012

A New Ritual Is Born!

Two months ago one of our critique groups gathered in a living room to talk about our art work. In typical fashion, we took turns showing our work or discussing a question about a project. We follow a protocol that keeps on task and moves us along in a very supportive and encouraging way.

When it was her turn, Esther shared that she felt stuck. She shared her frustrations and asked the group to process her question....."How Can I get 'UNSTUCK?'"

She sat silently jotting down notes as the group discussed her dilemma. Diane said it was time to change her work environment , reorganize, cut past practices loose, and the group echoed her sentiment. We talked about the phases involved in such an endeavor. We agreed it would be hard for her to re-imagine her studio: to clean it out, purge the junk, and make it a sanctuary- a place of imagination and creativity- and a source of blessing.

Now if you thnk that sounds a bit woo-woo....wait, because there's more! We also suggested that members of our critique group come in and help her with the big purge....and other members should create a ritual to welcome Esther into her new creative space. We knew it would be a tough bit of advice to accept, but we really wanted Esther to do it.

With incredible courage, Esther agreed. She admitted reluctance, hesitation and a bit of fear but she welcomed Diane and Laurie into her studio and together they re-imagined her space....and then they got to work! Laurie had storage suggestions while Diane returned with swift decisiveness to help Esther move through stacks of papers and drawers and boxes filled with beads, tools and assorted other items.

This morning we gathered in her new space. It was astonishing! Her desk was cleared off and we discovered it was made of wood! The room had a sense of peace and calm. To that we brought our love and a ceremony I would call Hanukat ha-makom (dedication of the place.)

Julie is not only a talented jeweler but also a licensed aroma-therapist. She brought a sage bundle (smudge stick) and essential oils to the space. We lit the sage and filled every nook and cranny with the incredible aroma. Esther stood still while Diane used the burning sage to form a soft and scented cloud around her.

With the initial cleansing complete, we chanted some blessings I wrote and Esther put her hands in our hand- mikveh (aka a glass bowl.) Julie sprayed a floral scented mist that brought the room to life. Esther, a woman already blessed with creativity, vision, and a steady hand was welcomed by her sisters in art to her new sanctuary. We sang the traditional blessing for something new: the shechianu and we shared tears as each of us blessed Esther with the on-going courage to step outside of her comfort zone to discover new possibilities.

Renewal isn't easy. Esther still points to places where she wants to re-arrange and more beads she needs to purge. But the space is nourishing, organized and calm....and new projects are waiting to be invented.

Blessings to you Esther! May your new artistic journeys be adventurous and creative. You are a blessing to our group and to our community!

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Sabina Wohfeiler (painting), Glenn Decherd (ceramics), Shemaya Blauer (touch drawing), Diane Fredgant (silk painting), Sharon Segal(painting) and Roberta Cohen(jewelry)  all have representative work on display at Neveh Shalom.

The exhibit will open with a musical bang at Friday night services. Klezmocracy will accompany Cantor Debbie Bletstein in a rocking service of rhythm, spirit and true tefillah! It will be a shabbat for the senses!

Services begin at 7:30 and immediately following you can meet the artists and see the new art work in the lobby while enjoying a nosh!

All the work displayed is available for purchase and the artists will donate a portion of their sales to the synagogue. Pick up a business card and call the artist after shabbat.

Thank you Neveh Shalom for continuing to host our rotating art shows. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

.... AND MORE! May 3, 2012

Anna has been a very busy artist. Her newest works will
be shown in a very unique setting.

URBACA SALON    120 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 101

  • Urbaca's 14 Year Anniversary Open House May 3, 5 - 7 pm. In addition to the amazing art, there will be hair consults, face treatments, refreshments, goodies, and many more surprises!

Another opportunity to view and purchase Anna's work:  June 7th 6-9pm opening reception for solo show at BC Gallery 2328 NW Westover Rd       

you can see more of Anna's work at  :

Friday, April 20, 2012


Geezer Gallery hosted ORA members at one of our many "professional development" gatherings!

This is what Laurie Fendel, our education director had to say:

Today's talk at Geezer Gallery was  exhilarating !  David Strough spoke. He is a sculpture and does all mediums. He also designs the gallery set up for all their new shows. He builds furniture and has many many talents.  We asked questions and he answered: giving lots of ideas, out of the box and reality suggestions. He was totally funny, and told some hilarious stories.  He often uses pseudo names for his work and then stands there while people view his work and he listens to their comments. One tid bit was to ask your patrons questions so you can find out what they like and what they're looking for.  He talked about creative marketing, selling yourself, how to frame, where to market and how to feature your art. We had lots of good laughs, we got lots of great positive advice and it was well worth the 2 hours of education. 

We will have more opportunities like this one to get together to learn from other experts in Art !

ORA member Leslie Elder said: 
The talk by David Strough at Geezer Gallery yesterday was incredible. It was so refreshing to be able to sit down with a knowledgeable artist and get his insights. And, let me tell you, this guy was very knowledgeable!  I wanted more! I probably could have listened to this guy all day! 

Sunday, April 8, 2012


There are many reasons and in the next few postings, we'll offer you just a few answers.


coming in just a week - the director of a well known gallery will offer ORA members a session on:

"How to Market Your Art"

"How to Frame Your Art"

"How to Market YOURSELF"

THEN.... a local artist and professional Curator will lead a session on:

"What are the Trends"

"How to Form a Presentation"

"What's Selling"

....and if that isn't enough.......

Drinks & Shmooz @ Lucky Labrador afterwards !

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Scenes from the Geezer Gallery!

Welcome to the Geezer Gallery!

Bobbie Kramer pours Ambacht Beer samples....yum!

A happy crowd!

A portrait of Marcia Wilson by Susan Kuznitsky

Fabric Sculpted Vase by Laurie Fendel

Esther Liberman's beaded works in the Gallery window

Friday, March 9, 2012


Diane Fredgant's beautiful hand-painted silk Tallitot will be featured at Oregon Jewish Museum on Sunday, March 18th in conjunction with a talk by author Ruth Tenzer Feldman. The two women will conduct a parent & teen program about the transformative aspects of the tallit (prayer shawl). If you've ever seen Diane's silk work, or heard her speak about the process of creating it, you know this will be a meaningful and moving afternoon.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm
The event is free with membership or museum admission.

For more information, and to RSVP:

Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney St
Portland OR 97209

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Geezer Gallery features artwork created by artists over the age of 60. The name is a little controversial...and that is a good thing! Our stereotypes of the elder community is all wrong and the contents of this gallery prove it!

March is Jewish Arts Month. ORA artists are guests of the gallery and we are so excited to present our new works there! YES, some of our members are Geezers...and some are Geezers in waiting!

The gallery is filled with gorgeous art! Join us for our special opening on Thursday March 8th.
Come to the Gallery in Multnomah Village between 6-9pm - 7710 SW 31st ( in the Loaves & Fishes Building)

See beautiful art and sample some delicious beer (Ambacht) brewed by our friend Tom Kramer.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

ORA + Geezer= Great Art!

ORA artists of all ages will be featured artists at the Geezer Gallery in Multnomah Village.
There will be two openings...
Friday night March 2nd 6-9 and Thursday night, March 8 6-9pm.

In addition to our art work, there will also be examples of work done by ORA artists in collaboration with residents from Rose Schnitzer Manor.

Pictured above is Evelyn Hirsch , who collaborated with glass artist Eddy Shuldman.
Come see the final product at the Gallery!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

New Exhibit at the J!

The final exhibit in this month's rotation was mounted today at MJCC. It features the works of Shemaya Blauer, Glenn Decherd, Leslie Elder, Esther Liberman, and Eddy Shuldman.

Come by and see the familiar lobby of Mittleman adorned with paintings, glasswork, pottery and beadwork. Of course, there's no admission fee... just come in and browse. (And maybe grab a nosh or a latte at Cafe at the J.)

But come quick... the show is only on display until Friday afternoon. Enjoy!

Monday, February 6, 2012

ORA Annual MJCC Lobby Show

Come to the MJCC lobby this week to see some of ORA's finest artists on display!
We are pleased to present Glenn Decherd, Diane Fredgant, and Judith Hankin.

The show is absolutely free. You don't need to be a member of the J...just come on in!
While you are there why not grab a cup of coffee at the J Cafe, tour the building and fall in love with a great community center!

I'll post pix shortly.

This current show is on display from Sunday Feb 5- Friday Feb 10. A new exhibit will go up on the 12th! All art work is available for purchase but you will need to contact the artist directly to make arrangements!

MJCC 6651 SW Capitol HWY 503.244.0111

Sunday, January 15, 2012

LAST CHANCE to see the current ORA Shalom Exhibit

Beautiful Artwork graces the showcases of Neveh Shalom in Portland Oregon!

Lovely paintings capturing faces and places are beautifully represented by painter Jan Katz.

Esther Liberman's wonderful beadwork sparkles and shines!

Diana Unterspan's felt work offers soothing colors and texture....

Eddy Shuldman expresses a midrash (stories) in her fused glass work.

Our thanks to Jan , Esther, and Eddy for coming last Friday night to talk with congregants about their work. We had some lively discussions...and the service was absolutely "rocking!" Thank you Cantor Bletstein and Klezmocracy!

Our profound thanks again to this wonderful synagogue for hosting our art work on an on-going basis.

A new exhibit goes up in February and will feature the work of three or four other ORA members.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

ORA Quarterly Meeting!

I forgot to take pictures and caught this shot just before we left the gathering. It's just a few of our members listening to a brief presentation by one of our other members!

First a little business, then a demo of how we do critique groups and finally we took a speedy gallery walk - a slightly more sophisticated version of grade school "show and tell"!

Lots of ooh's and ahhh's at the sample pieces everyone brought in.

All of this choreographed by Laurie Fendel! Thanks Laurie!!!!!

Thanks also to Congregation Neveh Shalom for providing us with a meeting space.

ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists ---- a collective promoting collaboration, support, artistry, and professional development.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Unterspan Juries Into New Gallery Show

Diana Unterspan, one of our Exhibiting Artists, has been chosen by a jury to exhibit three of her pieces in a 7-week gallery show at Art on Broadway in Beaverton. The exhibit, titled "Romance," begins with an opening reception on Thursday, January 12th from 6-9 pm.

Diana had two of her pieces on exhibit at this same gallery last month, as part of our ORA exhibit. This new show was open to all artists. We are very proud of Diana, and hope you can come by and see all the works of art.

Art on Broadway
12570 SW Broadway
Beaverton, OR 97005

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11 am to 5 pm

Sunday, January 1, 2012

One-Woman Show: Sharon Segal

Sharon Segal, a charter member of ORA, is having a one-woman show! Entitled "Here Comes Valentine's Day," you'll love it!

Pheasant Run Winery
Tasting Room
21690 Main St
Aurora, Oregon 97002

The show runs from January 6th through February 26th

Winter Hours:

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 12-5 pm

Opening Reception!
Friday, January 6th, 6-9 pm
With Jazz piano player and wine!

Come enjoy Sharon's delightful paintings in a wonderful atmosphere!

Pheasant Run contact info: