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.
After the Holocaust
April 5–May 19
This exhibit, in conjunction with Yom Ha’Shoah and this year’s Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) annual Holocaust commemoration (on May 1 at the JCCNV), commemorates the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Nuremburg Trials, and reflects upon the work of this important tribunal and the lessons it set forth for combating injustices and crimes against humanity that continues into the present.
The exhibiting Artists’ work reflects emotional involvement with the subject or viewer. Some Artists’ have had personal experiences with oppressive environments and have continued their creative expressions under difficult circumstances, managing to survive. All inspire and thrive though their art.
In the Gallery
Alexandra Rozenman was born in Moscow and came to America with her parents as a political refugee. While living in the Soviet Union, she received classical Art training and studied with well-known dissident artists as part of Moscow’s alternative cultural scene of the 1980’s. She holds Masters degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2010, Alexandra opened her own Art School 99 in Allston, MA. Her work creates a personal and often surreal world, where shapes, colors and images are often utilized like words in a story. She brings a canny and charming mysticism to her life and art. http://www.alexandrarozenman.com/
In the Showcases:
At 13, Czech-born artist Stella Broll Repper and her family were sent to Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. She succeeded in becoming an assistant to a Dutch artist Jo Spier, also a prisoner, who was building a huge statue of a horse and rider ordered by the Nazis. There was no stone available, so Stella and other assistants mixed gallons of plaster for the sculptor. With the end of the war in 1945, Stella went to the Prague Academy of Art, where she studied sculpture. Refusing to join the communist party, she was not allowed to work in her field. She went to the newly-established state of Israel and became a designer for a ceramic factory. In 1954 she immigrated to the United State where she continued using her sculptural skills in various commissions, such as creating a papier mâché copy of Michelangelo’s hand of God for UNESCO. In the late 1970’s during a visit to Arizona, Native American art became an inspiration. She found parallels between the suffering of European Jews and the Native American people, but great beauty and joy could also be found in their art. The pieces at the J are some of her works from that era. The Paper Maché self-portrait bust was also created during that time.
Paula Stern artist statement: My art is the tangible manifestation of a deeply conscious effort to capture personality and human vigor with my hands. With each piece, I aim to tell the viewer, “This is how I express what I see and how I capture the inner person.” My purpose is to translate my visual image of a face, body or fragment of the human form into a tactile, beautiful object with which the viewer can interact. The spirit behind my work is to honor creation. When I sculpt the human face or form, I am changed unselfconsciously by the mystery and mastery of creation itself. http://www.paulasternsculpture.com/
Lynn Goldstein artist statement: “Diaspora” is a piece of art made to explore Jewish immigration to the US. The imagery is symbolic…The books used within the trunk are by the author Shalom Aleichem and printed in Yiddish. The use of books also speaks to the importance of education in the Jewish tradition. Aspen trees were painted on the spines of the books. Aspens are connected by their root systems, just as we are all connected. The Tree of Life is symbolic of the Torah (Jewish written law). The trunk lid bears photographs of immigrants, including my family members, that had the courage to leave all that they knew behind to come to an unknown country. The branches and yellow leaves symbolize hope for a better life, and the connections that we have to one another. The trunk and suitcases symbolize the travel to what was hoped would be a better life for themselves and their families upon arriving in the United States. http://www.lynngoldstein.com/
Celebrating our Children's Creativity
May 19–June 20
The J’s Early Childhood Learning Center’s (ECLC) presents “A Reggio Exhibit,” which showcases the special philosophy of teaching art. Beginning in Reggio, Italy after WWII, and based on the ideas that children have a say in the direction of their learning, use all their senses, relate to each other and the exploration of materials, and are encouraged with endless ways of expressing themselves. The ECLC annual exhibit of children’s work from the 2015-2016 school year showcases the projects that come out of the Atelier (workshop). The ECLC’s modernized “Atelier method” is under the guidance of our professional artist, Sarah D. Samuels Vejvoda, Atelierista.