Sunday, December 22, 2013


Join 5 ORA artists when their show opens in conjunction with PDX LIVE at Neveh Shalom.

Michelle Katz, Glenn Decherd, Dr. Jeff Israel, Robert Brenner, & Eddy Shuldman will all present works of art influenced by the theme: Struggling with Identity 

Great music, a wonderful Friday Night service, inspired art, refreshments = A Memorable Evening!

Art work is available for sale but can not be purchased until after Shabbat. A portion of the proceeds will go to Neveh Shalom. 

We are most grateful to them for their on-going support!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Exhibition of Painters

Our charter member Sharon Segal is part of a painters' critique group called "Earth, Water, & Fire." They are presenting an exciting month-long exhibition in the PJ Chessman Gallery of the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

The exhibit will run January 10 - February 10, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 10th from 5-7 pm. 

Also participating in this exhibit is ORA's alumnus Robin Esterkin.

The gallery's winter hours are Thursday-Monday, 10am - 4pm.  For more information, please see their website: 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Eddy Shuldman: Putting It All Together!

Eddy Shuldman is the leader of ORA. She holds us all together, working a million behind-the-scene details like puzzle pieces, while tutoring kids and adults, and all the while creating inspiring art works of fused glass. Her latest piece is an ambitious combination of glass pieces and wood, which seems symbolic of her leadership style.
Eddy's glass work has been purchased and commissioned throughout the world, and we are so privileged to have her incredible energy guiding us. Come enjoy her spirit and her art this Sunday, November 3rd, at
at Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, Oregon

Thursday, October 31, 2013

JAN KATZ: From the abstract to the subway!

Jan is a fabulous artist with a wide range of subject matter.
Her New York subway scenes are popular, as are her colorful abstracts.

What will she have waiting for you on Sunday? Come find out!

      Celebration of Art '13  November 3rd
      10:30- 4:30 @ the MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy
                                 free admission

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Marney Pike - Raw Emotion

Bursts of amazing color, ripe with emotion, warm and seductive... Marney's paintings invite you to spend time absorbing their meanings.

Marney Pike has been a highly regarded painter for some time and we are so pleased that she has become an ORA member.

Stop by Sunday to see her work in person. Cozy up to one of her paintings and feel the poetry!

         November 3rd.... 10:30-4:30
@ MJCC  6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland Oregon

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Diane Fredgant: Smooth As Silk!

Each of Diane's pieces leaves me breathless. Silk and dyes in the hands of this masterful artist yield spiritual stories that unfold in vibrant yet delicately stated ways.

Visit Diane's colorful booth this Sunday...It will be filled with beautiful one of a kind silks! She accepts commissions, which means a personalized Tallit or piece of wall art is in your future!

                Celebration of Art '13 !  November 3
         @ the Mittleman Jewish Community Center
                           6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Sunday, October 27, 2013



Yup! All week long you can see our teaser....
just a few pieces of art to "whet your whistle."
You don't need to be a member to look at the art!

Stop by the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol Hwy) anytime during their open hours to see this preview.

Celebration of Art will happen on Sunday, November 3rd from 10:30-4:30. Twenty five plus artists all under one roof....

Free admission, Awesome Art, and Live Music!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sharon Segal: painting with soul

Sharon is a painter who thrives on vibrant colors. That said, she also is masterful with the subtle shades as well! 

Some of her work embraces soulful judaic themes (Shefa or abundance is the theme of her painting above.)

We are grateful to Sharon for coordinating our upcoming art show Celebration of Art '13. It isn't easy to create a new body of work while attending to all the details of coordinating 25+ artists!

Come on down next Sunday...introduce yourself to Sharon and savor her beautiful work!

November 3, 2013  @ the MJCC  6651 SW Capitol Hwy
             The deli will be open for business... 
          free admission, fabulous art, & live music!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Laurie Fendel: Wearable Art!

Laurie Fendel has expanded her design work. In addition to fabric sculptures, she now has a new line of unique wearable art. No two are alike! Commissions are welcome...just in case you have a dream color in mind!

One of a kind purses will also be available the day of ORA's annual Celebration of Art .

Come try a few on....see which items put a smile on your face!

                       NOVEMBER  3  @ MJCC
                        6651 SW CAPITOL HWY


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Diane Russell: She's back!!!!!!!

Last year Diane was in Open Studios and couldn't participate in our annual Celebration of Art. She was sorely missed!

We are so pleased to welcome her back. Her paintings are vibrant, lively, and sometimes just a tad sassy

Her work demands to be seen in person. Street scenes come alive and  portraits do more than capture the individual's likeness...they tell a story!

Oh, did I mention she is a lot of fun to talk to? Stop by and find out for yourself ! 

                              Free admission!
                             November 3, 2013
              CELEBRATION OF ART 2013
                  6651 SW Capitol Hwy- Portland

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Leslie Elder returns with new works of art!

If you scroll through this blog you will see many posts about Leslie. She is a water colorist who often can be found out in nature. She is an avid walker, cyclist and of course, painter!

Leslie paints judaic and secular themes, portraits that tell stories, as well as local flora and fauna.

If you stop by her booth space at Celebration of Art you will be greeted with a warm smile and a ready answer to any of your questions about her art. You'll find a wide selection of paintings to choose from. 

                            November 3rd 2013
                  MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy- Portland
                         10:30-4:30    free admission

Monday, October 21, 2013

Roberta Cohen- new takes on jewelry

Bert is passionate about art. She is a co-owner of the Beaverton art Gallery Art on Broadway. She is also a passionate artist, channeling her energy into beautiful and unique jewelery.

Come on over to the MJCC on Sunday November 3rd between 10:30 am and 4:30 pm. Free admission, awesome art, music....
and the deli will be selling some great food.  
MJCC: 6651 SW Capitol Hwy   Portland Oregon

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jeff Israel- Stained Glass

Jeff Israel makes masks. Not your ordinary masks. These are made of stained glass designed and crafted with precision as only a skilled surgeon can work.

In fact, Jeff is a surgeon and a masterful artist. 

Meet Jeff and meet his art. You will be astonished at how much more vibrant this work is in person!
                                         November 3rd
                       CELEBRATION OF ART '13
                            MJCC 6651 SW Capitol HWY
                                    Portland, Oregon 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

LINDA BOURNE: A Preview Opportunity

Artworks Series: Local Potter Linda Bourne 
Visit the MJCC lobby to see Linda Bourne in action. She is an Oregon potter and native who has been creating various forms of pottery for more than 25 years. Her unique style is called Sculptureware and combines color clays with original curvalinear designs to create highly evolved and functional artwork for home and business.

Monday, Oct. 21 
3:00 - 7:00 pm MJCC lobby

THEN..... come buy some of Linda's amazing work and see all the other artists at Celebration of Art '13.
Free Admission...Live Music...Cool Art....Kosher Deli selling their usual Sunday fare. 10:30am- 4:30pm
                           6651 SW Capitol Hwy
                              Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Richard Lishner has his eye on Portland!

Richard is an architect and a photographer. He will join ORA at the annual Celebration of Art show at the MJCC on November 3rd , 2013.

His photographs are vibrant and tell the story of our beautiful city.

Of course , he has other photos....OH....and a beautiful book of his work!

MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy  10:30- 3:30
FREE Admission!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Meet Victoria Epstein, jeweler!

Victoria is new to Portland, but her experience in designing and creating beautiful jewelry is long!

Help us welcome Victoria to Portland and to ORA! Check out her jewelry. We think it's pretty special!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ellen Shefi...2 Events to attend!!!!!!

Ellen Shefi will be participating in an unusual art show, Forest of Arts at Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Oregon City on the weekend of Oct. 12th - Oct. 13th.  It is a family friendly venue that will have indoor and outdoor art exhibits, kids activities, tours of the forest by foot and minivan, demonstrations and food.  Put on your hiking boots and bring the family and friends - free admission!  These beautiful forests are located 20 minutes south of Oregon City off Hwy. 213.  

Ellen will also return to the annual Celebration of Art at Mittleman Jewish Community Center on November 3rd.

Admission is free - 10:30am- 4:30 pm
6651 SW Capitol HWY 
Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Brauna RItchie: Organic Rounds of Glass

Brauna has been putting her hours into the studio designing new organic rounds. 

Bold and colorful, these pieces will bring color to any room.

Brauna will also feature a number of her mixed media pieces....fused glass and aluminum.

Buy some glass for yourself or as a special gift.... unique, beautiful, special!

NOVEMBER 3rd , 10:30-4:30
MJCC  6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bob Brenner: Seeing the world through a unique lens

Bob Brenner is one of our newest photographers. His work is stunning and he has a personality to match!

He uses some interesting framing to show off his work. Just wait until you see his work full size . His images beckon you to keep looking!

Come meet Bob. Help us welcome him to ORA. His photography will speak to you in ways you can't yet imagine. 

Celebration of Art: November 3,2013  10:30-4:30

Free Admission!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Esther Liberman: an eye for the finer details!

"Root Work" by Esther Liberman

Esther Liberman approaches her work with an eye for details. The beads she often uses are tiny and the hand-eye coordination required for such meticulous work is hard to imagine.

I had the privilege of being on duty at a recent art sale when a customer spotted one of Esther's fabulous free form bracelets.  
The customer put the bracelet on her wrist never went back into the case. It was the fastest sale I have ever witnessed!

That's how it is when you encounter Esther's beadwork! You will ask how she did it, but then you'll be too busy trying it on and admiring it...and purchasing it, to actually hear the answer!

Come meet Esther and the other fine artists who will be happy to talk about their art with you...

"Verticals" design by Sabine Lippert, beaded by E. Liberman

Celebration of Art '2013 is November 3rd   
@ the MJCC 
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

ORA Welcomes Sooze to Oregon

Sooze is another Washington artist, joining us as a guest this fall.
On November 3rd you can help us welcome Sooze and her vibrantly colored artworks! Stop by her booth, give her a warm PDX welcome....and pick up some fabulous art!

Our sale is open only for one day: NOVEMBER 3, 2013
@ the MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy- Portland OR
We'll be open 10:30-4:30.
Admission is free . Checks, Cash, Credit accepted for purchases.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Meet Lois Gaylord- Fabric Art and Jewelry

We are so pleased to introduce Lois Gaylord.
Lois is one of ORA's newest member artists and a resident of Washington State.

Be sure to visit her Celebration of Art booth on November 3rd! You'll be astonished by her beautifully woven tallitot, hand-made challah covers, jewelry ....and more!

November 3, 2013
@ MJCC 6651 SW Capitol Hwy , Portland
10:30-4:30....   FREE ADMISSION!

Monday, September 23, 2013



Come to the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol HWY) on November 3rd.

Between 10:30-4:30 you will find the ballroom packed with 23 artists...many new to this show.

Returning artists have also been creating new works of art for this event.

Here's a sneak preview! 

Check us out on Youtube!!!!!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

ORA Takes a Field Trip To Portland Store Fixtures!!!!

Thank you Cat, owner of Portland Store Fixtures! I wish I had taken a better photo...but got caught up in the joy of our tour and only snapped off this one shot. A dozen members toured this fabulous store and began stocking up on supplies for our studios and for our sales booths!

We can't offer enough praise for this store. There is no place in pdx like it!!!!!! Great prices, a variety of displays, fixtures, racks, mannequins.....and more!

I'll be back in another week or two to get bags and boxes for wrapping my glass.

Come see ORA at our annual Celebration of Art '13, November 3rd at the MJCC (10:30-4:30) 6651 SW Capitol HWY...

Stop by Portland Store Fixtures anytime! You don't even need to be a store owner or artist to love this place!!!!!!  Check them out:

Friday, September 6, 2013

"Renewal" Exhibit

Have you seen our new exhibit in the NEVEH SHALOM lobby? It's a beautiful collection based on the timely theme of "Renewal." Featured are works by Linda Bourne, Anna Kodesch,  Brauna Ritchie, Laura Joy Fendel and Sharon Segal.  The exhibit will be there through the fall. Take a few minutes to enjoy viewing it!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Our photographer Ellen Shefi will be participating in an unusual art show, Forest of Arts at Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Oregon City on the weekend of Oct. 12th - Oct. 13th. It is a family friendly venue that will have indoor and outdoor art exhibits, kid activities, tours of the forest by foot and minivan, demonstrations and food. Bring the family and friends - free admission! See her photography of the Pacific Northwest! It should be a fun activity for all!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Best in Show!

Ora member Anna Kodesch was a featured artist in a recent show at SeaPort! The Port of Portland's Terminal 4 opened to the public for a special day of art, family fun and exploration of a working marine terminal that is normally closed to the public. 

The Waterfront and Me juried art exhibition featured work from local artists displayed inside a myriad of shipping containers. ORA member, Anna Kodesch, won the people's choice award at the event, August 17th, 2013.

We are very proud of Anna and her latest artistic endeavor!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Meet Michelle Katz!

ORA is so pleased to welcome Michelle to our guild. Bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated to her art, she is a wonderful addition to our group!

Michelle Katz, an artist and art educator has had formal training in a variety of art media. She has a B.A. in Art History and M.A. in Art Education. Michelle has continued to paint off and on since her college years, settling on acrylic as her preferred paint. 
Michelle is inspired by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, and Chuck Close whose influence can be seen in her work. Her bold, free-form shapes and the energy in her paintings represent her inner free-spirit that she does not often show.

“My goal is for the audience to discover something new with each view. I encourage you to choose a section, take in the complexity of layers, and feel the kinetic energy.”

Friday, May 31, 2013

JUNE 9th we will have our annual meeting at Neveh Shalom 2900 SW Peaceful Lane room 102- 12:30 pm!

We'll have refreshments, a very short meeting with lots of information about our art guild, updates about our fall sale, and MORE!

There will be plenty of time to meet other artists, network, and help us continue to build our remarkable community of artists! 

If you aren't a member yet, but want to be part of a Jewish artist community right here in Portland....come to this meeting!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Final Jammin!

The Art is simply DELICIOUS! 
This is the last week for JAM 2013 @ the MJCC!!!!!!! 
Featured here are some photography by Bob Sorkin and below you'll find Sharon Segal's paintings. Ceramics by Glenn Decherd and paintings by Leslie Elder.

Check us out!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

FInal Week of JAM 2013!

Ceramics by Glenn Decherd
Paintings by Leslie Elder!

One week only at the MJCC
6651 SW Capitol HWY 
Portland Oregon


More photos tomorrow featuring artists Bob Sorkin and Sharon Segal!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ORA Artists Featured!!!!!!

On behalf of the Portland Kollel we would like to invite you to join us at our 2nd Annual NW Kosher Wine Tasting Dinner.
With internationally acclaimed winemaker Phil Jones of New Zealand.
5 wines paired with a light dinner for tasting.
Also featuring Art Exhibition of Anna Kodesch and David Slader of Portland.
June 12th, 7pm @ The Cheatham Hall - World Forestry Center. $75

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Everything Changes Tomorrow

Our new show went up today in a nice hallway at the mjcc because the lobby was needed for an evening event. Monday morning we'll shift everything to the lobby and it will be time for closeups.

Week #3 of JAM features artists Diane Fredgant, Jonathon Lietz, Esther Liberman, and Eddy Shuldman.

Visit tomorrow and see what we're up to!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

JAM @ the J part 2:

More paintings...this time by Michelle Katz. All the paintings drew lots of attention on my shift, but there was an adorable 4 or 5 year old who saw Michelle's work. He gasped and shouted: "Oh Mama look! ....and look.....and look!!!!!" His mom looked at him with astonishment and asked which one he liked....."ALL OF THEM!!!!!!! I agree!

Hangin' at the J

Thoroughly enjoyed my shift at the JAM lobby show at the MJCC on Monday.
I finally got to meet artist Ahuva Shmueli and see her work up close and personal! WOW! 

I invite you all to get out and see her work! Here's a preview! I know it's not a close up....for that, you need to come to the J. 
I love the way she has captured scenes of will too! The show closes Friday afternoon so come soon!