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.
The arts are an integral part of life here at the J. Our annual open exhibition spotlights the many talents of our own creative community. The Bodzin Art Gallery is delighted to show the works of Sandy Acosta, Joel Boches, Daniel Burke, Susan Dorfman, Kimini Duggal, Bill Firestone, Stephanie Firestone, Margarita Gerova agent Elin Kanchev, Sandi Goldman, Marcia Gordon, Allison Gurman, Andrew Patrick Lefko, Merry Lymn, Anton Merbaum, Annette Paley, Mimi Rosenberg, Fran Rosenstein, Norman Rosenthal, Janine Rubens, Sharon L. Safran, Judy Wengrovitz and Sy Wengrovitz!
Questions? Contact Irene.Gavin@jccnv.org
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.
Blue Like Me
Artist Workshop with Siona Benjamin
Finding Home: Parallels in Mythology from Around the World
Sunday, October 25, 2pm–4pm
Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads, 3440 S. Jefferson Street, Falls Church
This workshop uses mythologies like the Indian Matsya story, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Whale, Alexander Pushkin’s The Tale of the Fisherman and the Little Fish, and the Mesopotamian/Babylonian myth Gilgamesh story from 2000 BCE as inspiration for “finding home.”
Fee: $15 | $10 J members & Goodwin House residents
Blue Like Me
Artist Talk with Kenneth X. Robbins
Plus: The Spices of India with Joan Nathan
The “Historical” Paintings in Cochin’s Paradesi Synagogue
Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm
For at least 1,200 years, Jews have been welcomed and allowed to openly practice Judaism in Kerala (South India). In the 16th century, more Jews, Marranos, and the Portuguese came to Cochin, where they were all allied with its Rajas. These new Jews built the famous Paradesi Synagogue, set up a Jewish “caste system” that lasted more than 400 years, and developed a narrative that makes it seem that they were the original and only Jews. Kenneth X. Robbins (with Rabbi Marvin Tokayer) edited the books Jews and the Indian National Art Project and Western Jews in India. Joan Nathan’s recent book is Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. Tickets: Free Admission (reservation suggested)