We welcome you to engage with us and experience the many facets of what ORA has to offer.

Our membership includes artists at different stages and ages, experienced professionals, educators, students, and hobbyists. Our artists explore and engage with a variety of media.

Our requirements are simple:

– You must be Jewish

– You must create your art yourself

– 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 artwork does NOT need to be Jewish in content.

Fill out our form below to start the process!

benefits of joining ora

Why Join ORA?

When you join ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists, you’ll join a group of committed and inspired individuals making work in Oregon. 



Meet and connect with other artists in your same media or different medias


Artist Opportunities

Learn about artist opportunities and our expanding network of resources at membership meetings, through communication tools, and workshops


network and grow

Take part in our Artist Feedback groups which give you the opportunity to network, receive critique, and grow with your art within a supportive and caring group of other artists and creatives. 


exhibit your work

Exhibit your artwork with other ORA artists in our various non-selling exhibits during the year.


sell your work

Sell your work in our sales events, pending approval from our annual Jury (Note: members are not required to be juried unless they wish to sell or exhibit)


get involved

Many of our artists volunteer and support the various aspects of ORA’s shows, workshops, tours and more. When you join ORA you have the opportunity to support this growing community and volunteer with us. 


online artist page

When you become an ORA member, you can opt to have a page on our website that showcases your work and has links for others to buy your work or contact you. 

New Members

Join us! Its easy. New members can complete and submit a Membership Application form.

Membership dues are $50/year.

Once you submit your application and payment, our membership chair will be in touch with you.

Existing Members

Annual membership dues are payable at the beginning of June. To renew your membership, fill out our Membership Application form and look for the fields pertaining to returning members.

New member dues and returning member dues are the same. 

Exhibiting & Selling Process

One of the benefits you will receive when you join ORA is that you can exhibit and sell your work. 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.)

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.