Membership Requirements

Our membership requirements are simple:

  1. You must be Jewish
  2. You must create your art yourself
  3. Your art must not be mass-produced.

Most of our members reside in the Greater Portland area, but we welcome members from all over the Pacific Northwest. Your art work does NOT need to be Jewish in content.

Membership Policy

Yearly membership dues are $50. This entitles you to attend all meetings and workshops, and you will receive our periodic newsletters. It also entitles you to exhibit your art work in our various non-selling exhibits during the year, pending approval from our annual Jury. If you wish, your contact info and pictures of your work will be included on our website.

If you don’t want to exhibit or sell, you may just attend meetings and workshops. As critique groups are established, you may also join them.

Exhibit Process

If you want to exhibit, you must have your work juried, and the jury will determine which exhibits you qualify for. This enables us to maintain a high quality of art in our exhibits. As your work evolves, you are welcome to jury again in subsequent years.

If you want to SELL your work, it must be juried for Celebration of Art (COA) and Jewish Arts Month (JAM). There will be a separate booth fee of $100 for COA if you qualify.

(We also invite a number of guest artists to jury for Celebration of Art. Their booth fee is a little bit higher.)

Annual membership dues are payable at the beginning of June. Our jury is generally held sometime in June. The anonymous jury consists of professional artists, gallery owners, and some members of our Steering Committee. There is no jury fee for ORA members.

If you want to become a member, complete the member application and send it in with your $50 dues. Current members need only to send dues to our Co-Treasurer Lou Jaffe.

If you intend to sell at our sales events, or show in our exhibits, you will need to be juried, to determine which shows you qualify for. Please complete the 2019 Ora Jury Application and send it along with your membership application to our President, Esther Liberman.