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Fine Arts Program at the Pozez JCC, Fairfax

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.   

In the Bodzin Art Gallery

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
2021                                                                                                                             2020

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
Group Exhibition

January 11 – March 4, 2022

Calling all artists! Submit your artwork by December 17, 2021

Tree of Life is an upcoming group exhibition in celebration of  Tu B'Shevat and in partnership with the Plant NOVA Trees Campaign.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit up to three (3) original artworks for consideration
  • 2D artworks must have wired backs. 3D artworks may not be larger than 2’W/2’H/1’D to be displayed in glass showcases.
  • Art must be appropriate for young children (no violence, illicit substances, graphic nudity, etc.)
  • The submission fee must be paid by the deadline (December 17, 2021)
  • Each item selected for the exhibit must be delivered with identification noting: artist’s name, title, medium, price/not for sale (NFS) and be identical to the information provided in this submission.
  • Your participation includes permission for the J and Plant NOVA Trees to photograph the exhibition for publicity or educational purposes.
  • The J takes a 30% commission of art sales. Artists receive a check for 70% of sales two weeks after the exhibit concludes.
  • You will be responsible for removing and packing your artwork at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: December 17, 2021
  • Artwork delivery date: Monday, January 10, 2022 - between 7:30-11:30am
  • Artwork pickup date: Sunday, March 6, 2022 - between 10am and 12pm - Please bring wrapping materials at pick up.

Apply online at https://thej.force.com/s/registration?searchkeyword=tree%20of%20life

Questions? Contact Sarah Berry, curator, at Sarah.Berry@theJ.org.

 

Bodzin Art Gallery

Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031

Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 6:30am-8pm
Friday, 6:30am-6pm
Closed on Saturday
Sunday, 8am-4pm
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