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Cultural Arts Director
Dan Kirsch

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Barri DeFrancisci

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Coordinator
Irene Gavin


JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov

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Bodzin Art Gallery

The JCCNV Fine Arts Program supports and encourages the development of Jewish artists and/or Jewish arts. The program is also committed to establishing and strengthening the relationship between the Northern Virginia community and Israel by integrating Israeli arts into its program.
The Program’s dedication to the arts has garnered an international reputation that’s both credible and well-respected amongst art enthusiasts, artists, art buyers, and sellers. Over the years, the Center’s Bodzin Art Gallery exhibitions have attracted talented artists who work in a wide-variety of media including painting, photography, jewelry, crafts and new media. Click here for a listing of past exhibits, in our Fine Arts Archive.


Synesthetic Landscapes

Photographs by Andy Ilachinski

December 16–February 9

A mixed media exhibit.

Wall Display:
Andy Ilachinski describes his colorful, powerful and magically manipulated images as Synesthetic Landscapes (Synesthesia derives from the Greek “syn,” meaning “union” plus aesthesis, meaning “sensation,” and thus means “joined sensation,” such as when something that is ordinarily “seen” is “tasted” as well.) But this dry definition hardly does justice to the psychological, creative-even mystical experience of synesthesia. There are well-documented examples of almost all possible joinings of the senses — smelling sounds, hearing colors, feeling shapes, etc. The important part of art [forms] involves the artist finding ways to communicate a point of view to another. Mr. Ilachinski’s photographs communicate for themselves.

In the Showcase:
Marcia Gordon is also known as “GEMS by MEG.” She incorporates an eclectic mix of silver, gemstones and color pallets to create earrings and necklaces designed to blend beautifully with your wardrobe.

Joyce Zipperer is a metal sculptor who works in a variety of subject matter. Women’s shoes are of current interest. Joyce created shoe patterns that are cut and shaped from single sheets of aluminum, copper and brass. Some shoes are constructed on an antique shoe mold, using repurposed copper, with patina finish. Her accumulated knowledge of materials is translated into multi-media jewelry designs for necklaces, earrings, pins and bracelets. Macrame fibers of waxed linen, metallic thread and satin ribbon are incorporated with hammered copper, found metal objects, paper, Sculpey, shells and glass beads.


The Artists’ Palette

February 10–April 6 

This exhibit will run in conjunction with The Art of Jewish Food, an inaugural event presented by the J reflecting the varied Jewish tastes, interests and connection with food, both ecumenical and secular. 

This group of artists’ work reflects their varied connection through the creation of images and implements that surround the presentation and serving of food that is so prevalent in our Jewish experience.

Wall Display:

Marsha Goldfine’s original one-of-a-kind watercolors have been provided posthumously by her family to honor her unique talent. The Jewish Holiday table and variety of ethnic specialty foods were often the focus of Marsha’s amazingly vibrant and beautifully painted still life images. Marsha said, “I enjoy the play of pattern against pattern in my paintings, and the use of the white paper as part of the [image]…keeps… [them] fresh and luminous.” Her wonderful sense of color and design communicated her joy in her heritage.



Jennifer Kahn Barlow’s recent body of work explores tantalizing sweets. Her paintings of confectionary distill precious moments from the normal chaos of daily life. The indulgences, rendered in oil on canvas, speak simultaneously to a powerful cultural trend as well as a personal challenge to find time to paint as a mother of small children and provide us with her tempting tasty images.



Diane Tesler’s work focuses on her surroundings; she is drawn to the quality of the light along with a compelling subject — for this exhibit, she is exploring food as still life.
These discoveries, the power of light to reveal form, and the beauty of the humble or discarded, have remained a constant in her work. Through her unique vision and powerful painting style she elevates the usual to masterful.



In the Showcases:

Tamah Graber began her art exploration with stained glass, added fused glass and continues to work with both aspects. She states that “Judaica and the creation of ritual objects or images form a large part of my work, but I enjoy experimenting in all aspects of glasswork.” Tamah’s use of bright colors and whimsical trompe l’oeil designs highlights both her original designs and functional pieces of art, and gives us food for thought. 

Melanie Grishman uses quilting and traditional fiber techniques, often combined with hand embroidery, beading, or found objects to create wall hangings or sculptural forms. Since childhood, Melanie has done embroidery and sewing, focusing on the images created in fiber. The tactile qualities are what drew her into the medium. With her current pieces — which are almost exclusively hand-dyed, printed and/or painted to give complexity — she will be focusing on items of food.


Elizabeth Langsfeld created Mad Hatter Ceramics to reflect her passion for all things whimsical. Liz tells us about her stoneware: “My favorite pieces merge form and function — they are artfully designed objects that can be used in everyday life.” As an artist she is always creating new and vibrant designs that are functional and safe to use with food and our contemporary appliances and yet are beautifully designed additions to any table or home. 




The Psychology of Scapegoating

April 7–May 25 

This exhibit commemorates Yom Ha’Shoah and this year’s Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) annual Holocaust commemoration (on April 19 at the J) which will consider the intricacies of human nature and social interaction that allow for unspeakable atrocities to be committed by some individuals or groups against others. 

Artists have been asked to contribute works that reflect this theme, and their expression of the Holocaust. Our hope is that with the power of their artistic vision, the exhibit will assist in mobilizing the silent bystander and the rising up of societies’ conscience to take a forceful stand against injustice and inhumanity.