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 email@example.com. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Nina at 201.408.1406 or at the email above.
April 2019 Exhibit
The Holocaust Remembered: Oils, Collages and Watercolors by Rose Hertzberg
Rose Hertzberg (1908-2002) conceived the images in this exhibition after witnessing how WWII savaged the people of Europe, Asia and Africa. The memory of this horror remained with her long after the war ended, prompting her to create works that would compel people to continue to remember the Holocaust. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Rose Hertzberg was drawn to art at an early age, and in the 1940s, she studied with the pioneering post-impressionist painter Ben Benn, who introduced her to abstract art. In the early ‘50s, she was invited to become a private student of the master abstract impressionist, Hans Hofmann, who opened the limitless possibilities of abstract art that she pursued until her passing at the age of 93. Rose moved to Ramsey, NJ in 1954 and began exhibiting her work and held over 30 solo shows and exhibited in hundreds of juried group exhibitions through NJ, NY, Spain, Italy, the UK, Venezuela, and two World’s Fairs. Her work has been featured at the Bergen County Museum, William Patterson College, the Johnson Memorial Library in Hackensack, the Fullerton Gallery in Montclair, the Spring Street Gallery in New York, and the Hertzl Institute. In the early 1980s, Rose completed a pictorial music series for a special exhibit at Lincoln Center and a reproduction of “Bull Market,” one of her award-winning collages, is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.
April 1 – 30
May 2019 Exhibit
Taming Tigers: Paintings by Noah Elam
This exhibition of dreamlike, mystical paintings brings an original and surprising mix of Eastern and Western influences to a thoroughly contemporary vision. Looking to cope with the contemporary world and all its many forms of blindness and destruction, Elam’s work is a visionary attempt to restore our powers of seeing. He uses a richness of color that is clearly reminiscent of his Brazilian land, and his style reflects surrealist and symbolist influences that allow for unexpected, thought-provoking interpretations. Fascinated by diversity and contradiction, Elam’s paintings successfully portray the struggles of life in dreamlike works that seem to resolve conflict by achieving a unified, harmonic whole, while images that evoke ever-present instability, danger, and death hover around the borders. His aesthetics resonate with the notion of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and his hope as an artist is to conceive paintings that “restore” art as a means of framing and representing the world.
Elam was born in Brazil, moved to Jerusalem's Old City in 1989, and now lives in the US. He attended the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro and began exhibiting in one-man shows in the early 1970s at popular galleries in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio. In the 1980s, he won an international award from NACNE (in Brazil), was featured in a group exhibition at the Taipei Art Museum in China, and at the World Trade and Cultural Center, Jose Marti, in Amsterdam. Once Elam moved to Israel, he held numerous solo exhibitions at the Lucian Krief Gallery in Jerusalem. More recent exhibitions in the US include solo shows at the Patterson Museum, and the Etervana and Atrium Galleries in NJ, as well as the Riverdale Y in NY. His works are also prized in private international collections as well as permanent collections in museums worldwide, including the Museum of São Paulo, Brazil.
May 1 – 30
June 2019 Exhibit
Aging and Creativity: Artistic Inspirations by JCC Senior Adults
This must-see exhibit, for young and old alike, features paintings, photographs, prints, fiber arts, 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 2 – 28 | Meet the Artists Reception: Sunday, June 9, 1-3 pm