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! 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

JAM goes to Hillsboro Oregon!

Blessings and Bounty
An art exhibit by Barbara E. Berger — 26 of her photographs with blessings
RoseSprings Center Gallery, Hillsboro Oregon, May – June 29, 2013
When I visited my grandparents as a small child, I learned traditional Jewish prayers and blessings.  They expected me to express a ritual appreciation for what I received; drinking a glass of water, washing my hands, going to sleep  . . . my days with them became a series of events infused with reciting Hebrew blessings and prayers.  Small acts became sacred and meaningful:  an appreciation and connection with something bigger than myself.  I became more aware of the significance of the small moment, the small thing.  It changed me.
Those lessons of gratitude inform my experience even today.  With my camera, I try to capture moments that show the beauty and bounty of life; I want to offer appreciation for my experiences.  I offer the images in this show as a few, small examples of inspirations in my life, along with some traditional Jewish blessings of gratitude that I learned from my grandparents.   I wonder . . . are your traditions or practices similar in any way?             

A member of “ORA,” a Northwest Jewish Artists collective, Barbara has exhibited the last four years in its annual autumn juried show, “Celebration of Life,” in Portland.  Her photography has also appeared in local juried shows of the Geezer Gallery, Art on Broadway, and in ArtSpark.  Other venues include local fairs and exhibits held by the Portland Rose Society, Toastmasters, Neveh Shalom Congregation, Mittleman’s Jewish Community Center, Hadassah, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Mensa, and the Oregon Writers Colony.  She is delighted now to show at Rose Springs.
RoseSprings Healing Center
5215 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Ste A
Hillsboro OR 97124
9 AM-7PM Mon-Fri, 9AM-2PM Sat. 
Show is through June 29, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Painting by Jonathon Lietz, ORA member

May 2013

ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists is a collective of local Jewish artists.  We are pleased to announce that we will jury new guest artists for our annual autumn fine art & fine craft show, A Celebration of Art 2013.  In addition to our regular members, we are pleased to include the work of a limited number of guest artists each year.

This year’s Celebration of Art will take place on Sunday, November 3rd in the beautiful Ballroom of Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Southwest Portland.  We hope you will submit samples of your artwork to be juried for inclusion in this year’s art & fine craft show.  Our anonymous jury panel is comprised of professional artists, instructors, and occasionally gallery owners.

Only ORA members and their juried guests will have the opportunity to show and sell their work. This will be an arts show, not a holiday bazaar or craft fair.  We wish to feature the best artwork local Jewish artists are producing.  Although we will feature Jewish artists, the artwork need not reflect a Jewish theme.

There is a $25 jury fee for guest artists. Payment of the jury fee should be a check made payable to ORA, and should accompany your application, which must be received by 
June 1, 2013.   The jurying of guest art will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland.  Art samples are to be delivered and retrieved in person on that day; only out-of-town artists may submit photos instead.  Please see the Jury Application online for detailed information and instructions:

Print out the application to fill it in.  Complete the application and mail it with your Jury Fee payment, payable to “ORA,” to the address below. 

ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists 
c/o Diane Fredgant
6008 SW 47th Ave
Portland OR 97221

QUESTIONS?  Please e-mail us:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

JAM '13- WEEK 1

SUNSHINE AND BLUE SKIES welcomed our first 4 artists the MJCC this morning.

Here are some sample of the work you can expect to see this week. All work is available for sale when an artist is on duty!

If you see something you'd like but no one is on duty, simply grab the artist's card and call her! It's that easy!  Cash, checks, and credit cards are welcome.
Sabina Wohfeiler, Paintings

Ellen Shefi, Photography

Laurie Fendel, Fabric Sculptures

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Brauna Ritchie
Ellen Shefi
Laurie Fendel
Sabina Wohfeiler

Week #1 opens Sunday May 5th.
Beautiful art...and it's all available
for purchase!

Cash, checks, and credit cards will
be accepted whenever an artist is on

Want to buy some art but can't find
someone to help you? Take the artist's
card and call them!

Week #1 ends on Friday May 10th @
2pm. Week #2 begins Sunday May 12th!