June 2018 Exhibit
Aging and Creativity
Artworks by JCC Senior Adults

This must-see exhibit, for young and old alike, features paintings, photographs, prints, mosaics, fiber arts and crafts and other imaginative works created by senior adults who attend the JCC Art Club for seniors. All clubs for seniors at the JCC are designed to foster personal growth and individualism, while giving participants a unique sense of purpose. They garden, exercise, reminisce and dance; then settle in to create unique works of art. In many cases, they work collaboratively, where no one artist is the star, each adding their own individual “signature” to create a masterpiece. A mentor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes monthly visits to spark creativity for everyone in the Club.

The senior adults thrive in this program. As Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said: “Social and recreational activities, including creative and artistic ones, can help the brain resist decline while improving quality of health and life.’’ This show is living proof that it really works.

June 1 – 29 | Meet the Artists Reception: Sunday, June 3, 1-3 pm

July-August 2018 Exhibit
Printworks by Leslee Fetner

A graduate of Hunter College in NYC, Leslee Fetner holds a B.A. in art and also spent a year at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She studied watercolor and printmaking techniques and has also created sculpture, digital and mixed media work. Over the last two years Ms. Fetner has been focusing on printmaking. Her work has been featured into several juried shows as well as solo and group exhibitions. She has received numerous prizes including First Place in printmaking at the 2016 Focus NJ exhibit at the Art Center of Northern NJ, Best in Show in the Pascack Art Association Members Show in 2012, and the Howison Prize at the National League of American Pen Women Biennial Exhibition in Alexandria, VA in April 2008. She is a member of Salute to Women in the Arts and Pascack Art Association, where she served as president from 2002 to 2006.

“Watercolor was my initial medium of choice, but my current goal as an artist is to explore new avenues in my creative journey – primarily the printmaking processes of monotype, etching, solar print, linocut and collagraph. I have also explored the fascinating and creative world of digital painting and collage, which has added a new, more abstract dimension to my work. I particularly enjoy the physical element of printmaking techniques and am most gratified when I can share my work with others.”

July 2 - August 31 | Meet-the-Artist Reception: Tuesday, July 10 6:30PM-8:30PM

Sept 2018 Exhibit
Photorealism in Graphite
Graphite Drawings by Andrew Kagan, MD

Andrew Kagan, MD, is a vascular surgeon, retired from private practice, who now serves as the in-house surgeon at The Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative – a free, multi-specialty medical practice serving the working poor of Bergen County. Art has always been a Kagan’s personal hobby and over the years, he has used his photorealistic talents to illustrate medical books and journals. He has also exhibited in libraries, art galleries and other venues. The pieces on view in this exhibition are black and white renderings on a variety of subjects. Each original, which takes more than 60 hours to complete, is paired side by side with a framed print. The originals are not for sale, but the prints, which are indistinguishable from the originals, are available for purchase.

Sept 4 – 28 | Meet-the-Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 5, 6:30-8:30PM

Located on the second floor of the JCC, the Waltuch Gallery is a community space that exhibits thematically Jewish artwork, or art produced by a Jewish artist. Artists are mostly local, though some exhibits feature artists from around the country and the world. The Waltuch Gallery exhibit and receptions are free and open to the community. All of the work on exhibit is for sale and a portion of the proceeds go to support programming efforts in the JCC.

If you are interested in displaying in the Waltuch Gallery, please click here for the application. Your completed application, along with 5 image files of your work should be emailed to Nina Bachrach at nbachrach@jccotp.org. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Nina at 201.408.1406 or at the email above.