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 a 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.
Nataliya Gurshman is a versatile artist who employs bold brush strokes in a single breath - creating her work euphorically, without any pause, so as not to lose her inspiration. Born in the snowy, romantic city of Leningrad in the former Soviet Union, winter and snow were a big part of Gurshman’s childhood, and she keeps coming back to it, whether inspired by a real place or her distant memories and emotions.
Gurshman immigrated to the United States 30 years ago and recalls being discriminated against for being Jewish in her Leningrad art school as a major contrast to the feelings of rebirth and artistic freedom with support from art teachers and mentors she encountered in the U.S. She is currently teaching art to children and adults and hears herself speaking the same words of wisdom and experiencing similar patience and compassion towards her students as had been offered to her.
The artist is drawn to nature. As she paints intuitively, her meditations and impressions of her subjects reflect this attraction through the use of opaque lights, juxtaposed against transparent cooler shadows, and translucency scraped into the mysterious darks with the palette knife.
Gurshman holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston and an MFA from the St. Petersburg Art Academy. Her paintings have received numerous awards and have been exhibited widely in the Greater Washington, DC area and is included in numerous private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Lecha Dodi Slane Meadow
Acrylic on canvas Acrylic on canvas
Breathtaking depictions of ancient Jewish prayers and songs fill the canvas like stars in the sky in Radenovic’s magical paintings. Captivating abstract interpretations of pastoral and urban settings feature bold strokes and a kaleidoscope of colors.
Inspired by passages from the Torah and Tanakh, Radenovic makes religious text come alive. Drawing on inspiration from Chasidic Judaism, Radenovic is guided by the wisdom of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who once said that the primary talent of an artist is to gaze into the “innerness” of a subject and “perceive its essence, and to be able to convey this” in a painting. “This is how an artist can serve his [or her] Creator."
Tree of Life
January 11 – March 4, 2022
Dates and Deadlines
Questions? Contact Sarah Berry, curator, at Sarah.Berry@theJ.org.
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031
Closed on Saturday
All visitors must present a J membership card or photo ID to enter