ORA Members Diane Fredgant, Wendelin Russell, Laura Fendel, and Eddy Shuldman will open a new exhibit at Congregation Neveh Shalom called ART of SACRED COMMUNITY. 
The show will launch Sunday February 10, 2019 and coincides with the 150th anniversary of this Congregation.  Here’s the information about how you can see the art work…(some will be available for sale).  For more information about the artwork you can expect to see scroll down below the image!
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Ahavai Shalom and Neveh Tzedek were two wonderful congregations located in Portland Oregon. They merged and became Neveh Shalom.
Intrigued by the names, our critique group set out to study each word :                                                 Ahavai– love      Shalom- peace       Neveh– oasis      Tzedek- justice
Our exhibit reflects that study.
At the top left you see a portion of a beautiful piece of fabric art made by Laura Fendel that blends imagery from founding congregations Ahavai Shalom and Neveh Tzedek as well as the current Neveh Shalom. Remarkable in its juxtaposed architecture, it evokes a sense of past and present. There is also a holiness and the spiritual that is communicated through the textures of this piece.
Silk artist Diane Fredgant has been conceptualizing this piece for sometime and its evolution has been a significant element in her spiritual journey as an artist. Best known for her tallitot, this installation piece is a contemporary interpretation of the Mishkan (our portable sanctuary in the desert.) You will step into a holy space and a unique experience. You will find spiritual refuge, contact with holy words, and the beginnings of many questions!
Wendelin Russell is a painter. There will be a few small paintings but her large effort is a wonderful interpretation of being at the Kotel, also known as the wailing wall. You won’t see tears in this exploration of this timeless structure. There is expansiveness and yet, there are tiny details that demand you give yourself to the painting, and in return you will experience something quite moving.
Glass is a strange medium to be used in a ritual item that doesn’t hold wine! Eddy Shuldman works in fused glass and sees the fragile nature of glass as a sacred reminder that the gift of Torah is special and merits our attention and care. She has crafted two Adornments for the Torah. Breastplates connotes armor so she prefers the term adornment. There will be additional fused glass items on display as well that reflect the theme of our study: ART of SACRED COMMUNITY.
Here’s the fine print….the exhibit is free and open to the public!

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  1. Linda Zahavi says:

    Mazel tov! This looks awesome. All of YOU are awesome. I can’t wait to see it.
    Love, Zahavi
    Linda Zahavi, MA, LPC, ATR-BC Licensed Professional Counselor, Spiritual Director, Art Therapist, Reiki Master Note: email is not a guaranteed confidential form of communication.

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