October 30, 2011: 6th Annual Celebration of Art at Mittleman Jewish Community Center | FREE, 25 Local Artists, Live Music

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6th Annual Celebration of Art at Mittleman Jewish Community Center | FREE, 25 Local Artists, Live Music

Ora: Northwest Jewish Artists Present The 6th Annual Celebration of Art
October 30, 2011 | 10:30-4:30 | Free | Live Music
Mittleman Jewish Community Center 6651 Southwest Capitol Highway Portland, OR 97219 | (503) 244-0111
ORA: Northwest Jewish Arts Event Page

On Sunday, October 30th, Ora: Northwest Jewish Artists is presenting their 6th Annual Celebration of Art! The event will be held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center from 10:30 to 4:30, and will be showcasing twenty-five local artists, using diverse types of media.

What does it mean to be a Jewish artist? What is Jewish art? The answers lie within the art and the artist themselves. Fortunately, there will be opportunities to explore those questions and more during the Celebration of Art on the 30th. The event is a rare opportunity to spend time connecting to the artists, connecting to others in the community, and experiencing the beauty of the artist's creations.

When asked for her thoughts on the connection between Judaism and her art, artist Sabina Wohlfeiler said, ¬Å“Much about Judaism encourages reflection, which is very much in alignment with the artistic process. Judaism actually advises you to question. When you sit to do a painting, you are posing an artistic question and your finished product is sort of an answer, but most often it is illumination in pursuit of an answer.¬Â

Another Ora artist, Diane Fredgant, expresses her art using silk. She sees her Judaism in pictures. ¬Å“When I sing songs or sing a phrase, I see a picture. Sometimes it may take me all year to bring into the physical world the images that I see.¬Â

In Hebrew, Ora means ¬Å“light¬Â: luminosity, warmth, perspective, liveliness, brightness.

Ora is a group of artists in the Portland area who have come together to support, share, inspire, enjoy and showcase their art. In the process of forming this collective, they not only have created opportunities to exhibit members' works of art, they also support each other's artistic development.

The media includes collage, paint, silk, fused glass, fiber, precious metals, beadwork and photography. Everyone is welcome to come visit the MJCC on the 30th of October to experience the wide variety of art forms within the context of the Jewish experience.

Free admission, live music by KMHD Host and Jazz Enthusiast George Fendel, and portrait demonstrations by artist Susan Kuznitsky.

For samples from some of the artists, and information about ORA, please go to: www.northwestjewishartists.org