June 2017 Exhibit
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.”

June 2-30 | Meet-the-Artist Reception: Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

July-August 2017 Exhibit
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.”

July 5–August 31| Meet-the-Artist Reception: Wed, July 12, 6:30-8:30 PM

September 2017 Exhibit
Recent Works
Oil and Watercolor Paintings & Charcoal Drawings by Boris Lyubner

Boris Lyubner graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Art – the same school where Marc Chagall failed to pass the entrance examination some 75 years earlier – and then then immigrated to the US. For the next 20 years, Boris built a successful career as an illustrator with national and international clients that include Bank of America, Microsoft, Intel, Standard & Poor's, Motorola, IBM, Ernst & Young, Toyota, Chrysler, Nike and other major corporations. He is now exploring a more personal artistic journey that includes illustration, fine art, life-drawing, portraiture and charcoal sketches.

“I've been fortunate to work for the biggest corporations and magazines in the US and abroad, producing artwork for advertising campaigns, corporate brochures and annual reports,” say Boris, “but it feels good to return to my studio where I can pursue personal projects. I enjoy the challenge that every project presents, whether for my clients or for myself. I begin with a simple icon design or a logo and expand it into a complex multilayered mural, where I can combine my own creativity and analytical thinking with an intelligent hand. Each undertaking represents a unique voyage into new territory and I am particularly adept at expressing complex, multifaceted messages through distinctive, bold illustrations.”

Sept 3–28| Meet-the-Artist Reception: Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

October 2017 Exhibit
From Realistic To Abstract
Mixed Media: Acrylic, Collage, Watercolor & Chinese Brush Painting by Barbara Landberg

This exhibition features a wide range of styles and techniques, from realistic watercolors to Chinese brush painting on rice paper. A Tenafly resident, Barbara has been painting for more than 35 years, and has a passion for many types of art. She was a 3rd grade teacher at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood for many years, and always incorporated art into her classroom curriculum. To this day, she continues to teach art and creativity courses in the school’s Summer Explorations camp program and leads groups of students and their parents on trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Barbara has attended painting workshops in Maine, Vermont, Italy, France, and China, has exhibited and won awards at The Salmagundi Gallery in NYC, and appeared in juried shows at The Art Center of Northern NJ. She has also exhibited at Rockland Center for the Arts, the Old Church Cultural Center, Fairlawn Library, Cresskill Library, the Belskie Museum in Closter, the Ethical Culture Society in Teaneck, and the Tenafly and Englewood Public Libraries. Barbara's work is in private collections in Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Toronto and Italy. More of her paintings can be viewed at: www.barbaralandber.com

October 2-30 | Meet-the-Artist Reception, Tuesday, October 17 6:30-8:30 PM

November 2017 Exhibit
Collage on Arches Paper by Arlyne Berzak

This exhibition consists of beautifully-designed, fanciful collages that incorporate various media such as watercolor, oil paint, acrylic and pencil drawings. “Collage is a building experience, where I create pure flights of fancy,” says Arlyne. “I am continually collecting unusual papers, pictures and beads that catch my eye to use in my pieces. I begin with a painted background or some interesting paper, then add a central figure and build around it with items that enhance the theme.” Arlyne always dabbled in sketching and painting, but when it came to professional life, she earned a BA in English and Art History and became an English teacher. She then entered the corporate world, where she served as Executive Director, Federation Apartments; Executive Director, John Harms Theater; and Senior Executive at the Classic Residence division of the Hyatt Hotel chain; In her retirement, she has returned to painting and has studied portraits in oil with Gary Godbee at the Montclair Art Museum, where she is also a docent. Her work has appeared in several group shows at the Montclair Museum and at the Maywood Library. It is also housed in many private collections.

Nov 1-30 | Meet-the-Artist Reception: Thurs, Nov 9, 7-9 PM

December 2017 Exhibit
The Colorful Distractions of Youth
Photographs on Metal by Chelsea Beck

This exhibition features photos of graffiti, street art, and amusement park attractions that reveal ways that today's youth seek distraction. “Adolescents often choose to express themselves through the rebellious creation of graffiti art with the intention of understanding and resisting the banality of reality and society,” says Chelsea, “and each work in this themed exhibit seeks to expose the various ways in which youth look to escape.” Born and raised in Norwood, NJ, Chelsea attended Northern Valley Old Tappan Regional High School, where she enjoyed photography as a hobby. But it was while she was earning her BA in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, that the culture, lifestyle and natural beauty of the region ultimately inspired her to pursue photography as a career. She worked as a freelance photographer for numerous publications in Denver, and is currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in Photography at the University of the Arts, London, where she presently lives and works.

Dec 1-29 | Meet-the-Artist Reception: Tuesday, December 5, 6:30-8:30 PM

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.