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.
Glasgow 2013: Burns Night at the L’Chaim kosher restaurant
Documentary photographer Judah Passow spent 2013 photographing Scotland’s Jewish community, travelling across the country — from the Shetlands to the Borders — producing a portrait which captures the complexity and diversity of the Scottish narrative of Jewish life at the beginning of the 21st century. The Scottish Jewish community dates back to at least the 1700s and, for most of that time, constituted the largest non-Christian community in the country. It has produced scientists and doctors, judges and Members of Parliament, artists and writers — and farmers and foresters, and kilt makers and whisky distillers! The story of this community and how it maintains its traditions, while fully embracing Scottish culture is a fascinating one and yet, surprisingly, little has been formally presented on its existence.
The exhibit is sponsored in part by David Bruce Smith.
In the Showcases:
Varda Avnisan (fused glass) | Varda, a native of Israel residing in Rockville, brings her new art glass designs to our showcases. Color and design along with her Mediterranean inspired images are infused into her work. Her functional glass pieces are ever changing and developing, harmonious yet beautiful to use and enjoy.
Susan Fox-Hirschmann (ceramics: pottery, stoneware, porcelain) | Susan is a local ceramic artist whose work embodies her love of nature and emphasizes functionality, vibrant color, and deep texture. She draws inspiration from many sources – the woods around her Annandale home, the ocean, her hiking adventures, and the love and compassion of family and friends. Her art has been shown in both local and international galleries, and is on display in a number of fine shops throughout the United States. Her unique work brings joy and serenity to others, creating special places in their homes.
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, and members and staff are invited to display their artwork in the Bodzin Gallery. Whatever your medium — drawings, oils, watercolor, fiber arts, ceramics, beads, etc. — we’d love to put it on display! Please see this PDF for more details.
Fee: $18 | $10 member
Questions? Contact Irene.Gavin@jccnv.org
The JCCNV will present “Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin” in the fall of 2015. 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. Benjamin 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. Details will be announced late summer. This project is funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, sponsored by Fairfax County. Project contact: Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director. Dan.Kirsch@jccnv.org | 703.537.3075