July-August 2017 Exhibit
Dreamfields: Oil Paintings by Judith A Bellini
Judith Bellini of Teaneck has studied with New York abstract expressionists Gerry Samuels and Bruce Dorfman at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey and the Art Students League in NYC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Hawaii and a Masters of Fine Arts from Hunter College. She has exhibited in 18 group shows and has held 10 solo exhibitions in New Jersey galleries. In 2004 and 2005, she was awarded first prize in the Bergen County senior competition for professional oil painting, and in 2017, her landscapes were added to the permanent collection of Hackensack University Medical Center. “For many years, my painting style was one of abstract expressionism, where I utilized gesture and color to produce mood and sensation. At present, I combine this love of gesture with a newly-found connection to nature. Through the use of color and bold sweeps, my paintings evoke images of favorite childhood haunts, both real and imaginary, where I look to transport the viewer to fields, mountains, wildflower gardens, tropical islands and far away fantasy lands.”
June 2017 Exhibit
Out/About/Underground: Photographs by Victoria Kolomensky
Victoria Kolomensky grew up in Bergen County and attended the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades for preschool and summer camp, and often spent time at the pool or in the gym as a child. She has a Master’s degree in Art History, and traveled extensively in Florence as part of her studies. She now lives on the Upper West Side of NYC and works in Admissions in the New York City independent school world. “I am deeply attuned to light; the way it shines through someone’s jacket on the sidewalk ahead of me or the way it creates deep silhouettes in the late afternoon ,” says Kolomensky. “I’m also deeply attuned to people and like to think that my photographs tell their stories. The people in them are captured in one moment in time that creates points of departure for viewers who are free to translate the emotion that is evoked in them into their own personal narrative. I have experimented with shooting photographs of buildings and landscapes, but always come back to people, as people are forever changing, but are always the same. For me, people are a conduit for the viewer’s empathy, beginning with my own.”
May 2017 Exhibit
Visualizing Spirituality: Acrylic & Ink on Canvas by Yitzchok Moully
Yitzchok Moully – who served as a rabbi for ten years before he discovered his artistic talents and turned to art full time – creates distinctive pieces of contemporary Jewish art that combine the bright, bold colors prevalent in pop art with timeless and sophisticated Judaic imagery. His exhibition, Visualizing Spirituality, evokes traditional Jewish themes with a unique approach that appeals to a modern generation. Moully’s artistic focus centers on the hidden energy behind our actions. “I believe that mitzvahs have a cosmic impact and the power to send spiritual energy into the world. My hope is to bring this hidden power to life in my work through a variety of mediums and technologies. I am always drawn to exploring ways that Judaism, art and contemporary culture intersect and to create art that represents and reflects my deep love of Judaism from a new and unique perspective.”
April 2017 Exhibit
A Retrospective: Paintings and Prints by Noel Gussen
Raised in multicultural Teaneck, NJ, Noel thrived on the diversity of his community and demonstrated artistic talent at an early age through his passion for drawing. Pursuing art as his vocation, Noel earned certificates in painting and drawing from Project Oren in Israel and went on to earn his BFA from West Virginia University. Later, as an art director and instructor, Noel developed innovative art curriculums for children and adults and as a former lead creative for the Apple Store, he has enriched the lives of thousands. His paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad, including Gathering of the Minds in Morgantown, West Virginia, and Ruach in the Golan in Kfar Hanasi, Israel. “The ability to express myself as an artist has come not only from within, but from the patient, insightful mentors I was fortunate enough to have in public school, college and abroad. I have always possessed the desire to create, but it is their knowledge and confidence in me that fostered my artistic expression and inspired me to want to teach others.”
March 2017 Exhibit
Rejoice: Giclees by Natalia Kadish
Rejoice – an exhibition of luminous
giclees – celebrates life and nature in spiritually-inspired scenes that express the joy of learning Torah and contemplating the infinite. An award-winning Surrealist, Natalia received a BA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been displayed at Irving Plaza in NYC and as well as galleries in Chelsea, NY. Influenced by the realism found in her father, Laszlo Kubinyi's illustrations, Natalia creates detailed scenes and landscapes with her own surrealist vision that explores mystical concepts and understandings that she gained during a visit to the artist colony in Tzfat, Israel. "Through art, I attempt to grasp the infinite, to embrace and expose its beauty,” says Natalia. “To connect the physical aspects of reality to their spiritual counterparts is a way to show that life and nature are truly miracles of creation."
February 2017 Exhibit
Art for All: Special Talents Art Show
Every year, in recognition of Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Awareness Month, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades sponsors an annual art exhibition featuring the artistic talents and accomplishments of individuals in our community with special needs. This year, more than 200 pieces were submitted for this month-long exhibition from 10 different regional schools and programs. Works include framed drawings and paintings, as well as ceramics, fabric sculptures, box sculptures, mosaics, photography and more. Each piece showcases the creative talents of school-aged children and teens, adults, community residents and participants of the JCC Guttenberg Center for Special Services.
January 2017 Exhibit
Again: Recycled Books and Collages by Irmari Nacht
This exhibition features recycled books and newspaper collages that have been transformed into exceptional, multi-dimensional works of art. A highlight of the exhibition is Books 110 Terezin, composed of eight identical copies of In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin. Cut into swirls, spirals, and strips, this deeply dimensional work tells the sad, poignant story of women starving in the Terezin concentration camp. “I love the idea of chronicling history with pages from books and newspapers and recycling them so they can be viewed again in a different medium,” says Nacht. Her art has been exhibited in corporate and public collections, including AT&T, PSE&G, ADP, the Newark Museum, the International Museum of Collage, the Jimmy Carter Museum, Cleveland Institute of Art, Bergen PAC, Yale Art Museum and more. She has received two NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships.