The Pozez JCC Fine Arts Program supports and encourages the development of Jewish arts and artists. 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 J's dedication to the arts has garnered an international reputation that is well-respected amongst artists, art enthusiasts, buyers, and sellers.
Over the years, the J'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.
Israeli jewelry designer Bar Kocva uses the silver, gold, and titanium along with semi-precious stones and ancient Roman Glass to create earrings, broaches, watches, Judaica pieces, and other objects d’art in exclusive, one-of-a-kind designs. This sale will include his works, along with works by other artists from his gallery in Tel Aviv.
Calling all creatives, dabblers, and masters of all trades! The J is proud to present a new series of visual art classes in conjunction with the opening of the Smith-Kogod Cultural Arts Center.
Monday, November 18, 10:30am–12:30pm
Instructor: Nataliya Gurshman, Artist
In this 2-hour workshop, students will watch Ms. Gurshman demonstrate how to use a palette knife with acrylic paints and then try using it themselves to create beautiful, rich, textural paintings of their chosen landscapes. Elements of composition, proportions, tonal values and focal point will be covered during the workshop. No prior art experience is necessary, just a bit of courage and desire to learn something new! Please bring a photocopy of a landscape you have photographed (or from a book/magazine) and would like to paint (8”x10”). Each student will walk out with a finished original acrylic painting ready to be hung in his/her home. A class held in collaboration with the J's Adult Learning Institute.
Fee: $25 (includes art materials)
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November 25 and December 2
Instructor: Alexandra Casser, soferet (scribe)
This class will teach you about the millennia-old art of Hebrew calligraphy. Learn about the duties and responsibilities of a sofer(et), the tools modern scribes use, and how to form the letters used to write Torah scrolls. This is a hands-on class where students will try their hand at calligraphy using chisel markers and paper.
August 27 - October 11
Rachel Braun explores how Jewish and Biblical texts can be embroidered – literally and figuratively – in original needlecraft designs. The results have been elegant and inspiring, and have graced the walls of libraries and places of worship. Rachel is a high school mathematics teacher, Torah chanter, and synagogue service leader. Her talents – artistic, spiritual, and mathematical – come together in this work.
October 16–December 2
Immerse yourself in works created over a lifetime by a beloved member of the Northern Virginia Jewish community. Mrs. Wengrovitz held a B.A. from Hunter College and won awards including a listing in the "Who's Who in American Art," the Award of Excellence and Best in Show Award from the Virginia Watercolor Society, and the Excellence Award from the National League of American Pen Women. She served as president of the Springfield Art Guild, Virginia Watercolor Society, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and the Alexandria Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Her paintings are in many corporate, private, and public collections including Texaco, IBM, and the National Institute of Health. Mrs. Wengrovitz taught painting at her home and hosted "Welcome to the Painter's Palette" on Fairfax Public Access TV, sharing her skill and love of painting with all.
December 3–January 13
Click here for the application, submit your work until November 11!
The annual showcase of remarkable talent from within our community comes to life again this winter. Discover the artists you didn't know you knew!
J members and staff are invited to share their artwork: Whatever your medium — drawings, oils, watercolor, fiber arts, ceramics, beads — we’d love to put it on display!
Contact Sarah Berry for more information.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Submit your proposal for solo or small group shows that will celebrate and explore themes reflective of the J’s vision: to build Jewish connection, community, and peoplehood through meaningful opportunities for every individual to explore the boundless potential of Jewish life. All applications will be reviewed by the Pozez JCC art selection committee. Please contact Sarah Berry for more information.