Waltuch Gallery Exhibits

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.

Fabric of Life
The "Fabric of Life" wall hangings are hand-made by the members of Kishorit, a kibbutz in Israel's Galilee for 160 adults with debilitating mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. Each piece is unique and tells its own story. Some are based on scenes from the artists' personal lives, others on visceral emotions that the artists wanted to depict graphically, and others are artistic explorations of color and line. All of the pieces are made with a great deal of patience and love. The creative process is used as a therapeutic tool as Kishorit members tell their own stories in their own voices.

The artwork was originally shown in Jaffa, Israel. The Jaffa show was opened by the President Shimon Peres and was viewed by more than 1000 visitors. Part of the show then traveled to Pittsburgh, PA where it was also warmly received.

The "Fabric of Life" Wall Hangings exhibit is an important Israeli contribution to the field of Outsider Art and it reminds us that people with special needs also have special abilities.. American Friends of Kishorit

Reception: January 6, 7:30pm

Oil Paintings and Collage by Judith Brice

Judi Brice has always been passionate about design. After receiving a BA in Marketing from Hofstra University, she went on to work in the wholesale jewelry business both selling and designing. Judi then moved to Cartier for three years.

After staying at home and raising three children with her husband Michael, Judi decided it was time for her to pursue her interest in art. She spent ten years studying art appreciation through a gallery tour course given by the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. This led her to her dream of painting her own work.

Judi's paintings can be described as abstract expressionist. Judi uses her inner compass as her guide. Her compositions explore color and evoke an inner landscape of emotion. She works in oil on canvas.

Judi also has a passion for collage and credits her teacher Harriet Finck for this new and exciting work. She often uses printed images of her paintings in her collage compositions.

Judi works at her studio in Haworth, New Jersey. She is a member of both Studio Montclair in Montclair, New Jersey and the National Association of Women in the Arts in New York City.

Meet-The-Artist Reception: February 5, 6pm

The Cutting Edge
Paper Cuts by Dena Levie

Dena Levie, of Teaneck, New Jersey, designs and creates beautiful personalized papercut artwork. Dena has always had a love for the arts. At Stern College (Yeshiva University) she received degrees in both Computer Science and Fine Art. After a short stint as a graphic designer she worked as a computer programmer for a financial firm. However, art was always her passion and she began to experiment with papercutting when her oldest daughter was born twenty years ago. Since then she has made this her full time passion creating over 1200 paper cuts.

Dena enjoys working with people to create a personalized piece of art that will be enjoyed for years to come. This includes hand calligraphed ketubot (Jewish wedding documents), family trees, wedding and Bar Mitzvah gifts as well as artwork for school and synagogue honorees. She created the cover of the Youth Dub CD for the musician, Matisyahu. Most recently she was commissioned to create a piece for the Jewish Children's Museum in New York City.

Dena's artwork has been exhibited in galleries across New York and she has been featured in several newspapers. She has traveled extensively to meet and exchange ideas with other papercutters. She is an active member of the Guild of American Papercutters. She can be reached through her website www.judaicpapercuts.com

Meet-The-Artist Reception: March 2, 6pm