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.
Blue Like Me
October 20-December 14
New York artist Siona Benjamin is originally from Bombay, India, of Bene Israel Jewish descent. “Having grown up in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim society, having been educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools, having been raised Jewish and now living in America, I have always had to reflect upon the cultural boundary zones in which I have lived,” says Benjamin. Siona will visit the J for several programs, including a gallery exhibition of her paintings, a lecture and an interdisciplinary Indian dance performance inspired by her paintings, a documentary film about her work and a workshop. This project is funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, sponsored by Fairfax County.
In the Showcases: Kenneth and Joyce Robbins, both mental health practitioners, have an extensive collection of Indian Art and ephemera. Due to the age and fragile nature of the archives, the J will exhibit a sampling of digital reproductions describing The Jews from the Konkan-The Bene Israel Communities in India of which Siona Benjamin is a part. The Bene Israelis’ foundation story is that they were a group of seven couples who were shipwrecked off the western coast of India, having survived the ordeal and found themselves revived on the shore by the Prophet Elijah. This is the story of their history, migration and contributions to both the Indian and Jewish societies. They are fully Indian and fully Jewish.
Sands of Time
Ancient Techniques Modernized
December 15–February 8
In the Bodzin Art Gallery: Marilyn Banner is an artist and arts educator who works in encaustic, meaning “to burn in.” Encaustic is a wax based painting medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface. This exhibit will include paintings that reference the Hebrew letter mem, which in closed and open form has the sound “M.” The open one, followed by a yod means “drop” as in drop of water or tear, followed by the closed mem, spells out mayim, which means water.
In the Showcases: Klaudia Levin has worked with clay for more than seventeen years. She is recognized for her artistic skill at reduction, oxidation, raku (Japanese) and sagar (container) firing techniques which control the amount of oxygen in the kiln and impacts the final surface of the clay in various ways.