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.
Sands of Time
Ancient Techniques Modernized
December 15–February 8
In the 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. http://marilynbanner.com/
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.
Local Color and More
February 9–April 4
In the Gallery
Lynn Goldstein (Pastels and Acrylic): “In times of trouble, I find my comfort by spending time alone in nature. The peace that I derive from walking along a river in France is no different from the serenity that I find walking along a lake in Virginia. Whether looking at a tree from ground level, or studying reflections in water, I am thinking introspectively and assuming a different perspective. My aim is to evoke a sense of transcendence, that there is more to all this natural wonder than what we perceive with just our eyes.” http://www.lynngoldstein.com/
Lorrie Herman (Plein Air Painting): “Nature is my subject of choice, mostly landscapes. I love the challenge of painting outdoors, chasing the light and shadows. Plein air painting allows me the time to relax and create spontaneously. I strive to paint my watercolors in a loose representational style with quality brush strokes and calligraphic lines. When painting with oils, I’ve been blocking in with a brush and then defining my shapes with a palette knife, which lets me apply more paint and not get fussy with details, and I love the textures that can be made.” http://www.lorrieherman.com/
Karen Schulz (Fiber): “My work is first and foremost a careful consideration of formal design elements. I am drawn to the tension created by the simultaneous holding of opposites. Circles and squares, stasis and movement, light and dark, the flat plane and three-dimensional space; each is needed to highlight the other. It is through a disciplined use of design elements that I find joy in creating compositions that take the breath away, riveting the viewer to a point of perception where time and place fade away.” http://www.karen-schulz.com/
In the Showcases
David Barnes (Glass): David makes his pieces with the finest quality art glass, dichroic glass, metals and gemstones. David’s use of glass covers the realm of Sculpture, Decorative pieces and Jewelry as Art to Wear. Included in the exhibit will be pieces from a collaborative project with Lynn Goldstein, combining David’s fused art glass and Lynn’s acrylic pieces. http://www.artsinthevillage.com/artists/david-dale-barnes/
After the Holocaust
April 5–May 19
In conjunction with Yom Ha’Shoah and this year’s Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) annual Holocaust commemoration (On May 1 at the J), this exhibit observes the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Nuremburg Trials. Reflecting upon the work of this important tribunal, and the lessons it set forth for combating injustices and crimes against humanity, the artwork continues this message into the present. Some artists have had personal experiences with oppressive environments and have continued their creative expressions under difficult circumstances. All inspire and thrive though their art.
In the Gallery: Alexandra Rozenman (watercolors) 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 1980s. Her contemporary watercolors reflect these multiple influences of pathos and hope, bringing a charming mysticism to her life and art. http://www.alexandrarozenman.com/
In the Showcases: Paula Stern (sculptor) reflects on her art as a “tangible manifestation of a deeply conscious effort to capture personality and human vigor with my hands.” http://www.paulasternsculpture.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.