Thursday, December 29, 2011

We had fun!

The exhibit at Art on Broadway has come to an end.....but we had fun! 
Here's a shot of some of us enjoying the reception. 
Lobby show at the MJCC in February as we welcome Jewish Arts Month (or will it be Jewish Arts Moments....since there will be so many of them!) Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Art on Broadway is the place! 12570 SW Broadway in downtown BEAVERTON!
There will be an artists reception....6-9 pm.
Come have a nosh and look at all the beautiful art. I have two large pieces on display. Everything in the gallery is available for purchase! awesome gift for yourself and others!

ORA artists at the gallery include:

The Artists:
Barbara Berger- photography, Roberta Cohen-jewelry, Leslie Elder-painting, Laura Joy Fendel-fabric sculpture, Diane Fredgant-silk painting Anna Kodesch-painting,
Esther Liberman- beaded works, Sharon Segal-painting, Ellen Shefi-paintography
 , Eddy Shuldman-fused glass,
and 1 additional artist who asked not to be named.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two Paths

This is one of two new pieces I have on display at Art on Broadway. It is a shallow platter that can either be a display piece or functional serving-ware. 

The show opens Friday, December 3. See the details in the post below.

The photo was taken with my phone. Glass is always challenging to capture in a photo....this one was no different.  I hope to replace it with a better photo eventually.

The glass is a beautiful red with sparkling adventurine green accents.  This is part of my series of Wanderings-themed work. I am fascinated with how we move about in our world, the various paths we select for ourselves and those who choose to join us in our journeys.

I have lived in Oregon since I was 2 years old. My parents each immigrated to the U.S. after WWII. Their paths were very different but they landed in the same place, met each other, got married and then moved again to the other side of America. They joined other family who had made the trek out west before them.

Life is filled with many journeys: school, life, love, work, children, travel. What is the journey you are on now?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This December- SEE ME ON BROADWAY!


I submitted some glass to the jury and am pleased that my two favorite pieces were selected!
I will post photos soon.                                                                                                      
The gallery will feature several ORA artists as well as a number of other talents.
The show opens December 3rd....please stop by!
You are invited to an artists reception on the 10th from 6-9pm
I hope to see you there!
 12570 SW Broadway, Beaverton OR 97005 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Here is the "Before" Shot

Not sure yet what I will do with this former night stand....but I know it will have glass on it soon!

If you are reading this and don't know about the Chair Affair and Community Warehouse...please read the last posting..... and please.....consider making a donation now!

3969 Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard  Portland, OR 97212-1117
(503) 235-8786

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Community Warehouse Needs Your Support!

This organization is one of the most fantastic non profits anyone can imagine. They hook up unwanted furniture with people who want/need furniture and other household goods. Portland, Oregon is soooo fortunate to have this volunteer driven organization. Even members of their paid staff volunteer here (they are sooooo artistic!)

Every year they host a mega fund raiser called The Chair Affair. Artists gather at the warehouse , pick out a piece of furniture and artistically rehab it. We turn our new creations back to the Warehouse and they host  an auction. This will be my 5th! 

SO HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.....the warehouse was sadly empty! Without donations of all kinds of household items, needy families will continue to be needy. Imagine not having a bed to sleep on or no chair to sit on! 

You can make a cash donation and/or donate some household goods. It is just that easy!!!!!  I don't have any furniture to donate right now so I bought some shower curtains and rings...and am looking around for some other useful stuff to donate. You could do that too!
How?   just go to :

Tomorrow I will post a "before" picture of my project.   

So nu? Donate something already!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Great Show!

My gratitude to Ellen Shefi for snapping off some shots of my booth. Of course I forgot to bring my camera!

Setting up is messy work so I wore sweats and thankfully had time for a shower before the show began.

It was a great day! I saw old friends, met many new people, sold quite a bit of glass....just plain had fun!

And now, it's back to the studio to create some new pieces. I hope to jury in to the ORA show hosted by Art on Broadway in Beaverton. One of ORA's members (Roberta Cohen) is a parter at this gallery. It's a beautiful space and they have done a tremendous job of rehabbing the space and attracting numerous talented artists. Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Glass Servers

I decided to be a little playful. I made a tilt bowl and some serving tools...all from recycled glass.

It was fun and different!

Want to see the bowl? Go to the ORA blog and check it out...or better yet, come see it on Sunday, Oct 30th  between 10:30-4:30 at the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol Hwy)  CELEBRATION OF ART '11!

Come to my booth and tell me you read my blog.... you'll get a prize! Buy something and I will upgrade your prize!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Finding refuge in my studio

My days have been far too busy....
I did a brief inventory of my glass stock and discovered I am shockingly low on new glass.
Pictured above was the most recent glass I made this sumemr...a seder plate called Wanderings.

Photographing glass is always a challenge. The colors are far more vibrant in person!

Tomorrow I'll post a photo of a bowl that will be fresh out of the kiln. It is based on the same wanderings concept but isn't judaica specific.

This morning I spent 3 glorious hours working on glass and rehabbing my kiln. For the past couple of weeks I have only had 30 minutes here and there to get anything done. I created the "parts" of projects I can now soak myself into. Hopefully assembly and firing will move swiftly and I will have fresh glass to offer at the Celebration of Art sale on October 30th. For more information simply scroll down this blog to my previous post. 

Over 25 artists will be represented.....the deli will be open and we'll have live music. Grab a friend and come see what is new. Support local this economy, we need your help!

drop me a note if you read this blog entry...let me know you are here! can always sign in anonymously, if you are shy!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Celebration of Art 2011 ~ !

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Friday, September 9, 2011


Friday Night services at Neveh Shalom every second Friday of the month will be a service for the senses called ORA SHALOM. 

Artist members of ORA will be on rotation showing their work. For the next two months, several artists INCLUDING ME will be showing a sampling of our art. 

Services begin at 6:16. Tonight we will pray in the courtyard and then head to the lobby to view art and schmooze with artists. 

Above is a sample of my work on display. It is dichro on dichro and is called MAGEN (which means shield.)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Play Is The Thing!

The OLDER BUT WISER Writers of Rose Schnitzer Manor have completed their one-act plays!

We are proud to announce the premiere of these plays on August 14th (SUNDAY), The curtain goes up at 4pm. Doors open at 3:45. The plays should conclude by 5:30pm

These plays will be directed by well known local playwright and director, Matthew Zrebski and will feature local professional actors who will read each play.

Admission is free, however we are asking for a donation of $10 to help pay the bills!

A portion of this event is sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission and a portion by the Portland chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. The Mittleman Jewish Community Center has also been a generous supporter of all JAM events.

The Southeast Music Center
3350 Southeast Francis Street
Portland, OR 97202-3066

Surprised to see a JAM event in August? The writers began their work this spring, but illness and other commitments disrupted our who says we can't JAM a little in the summer?

Join us please!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Klezmocracy UPDATE!!!!!

A great concert just got a little better! Klezmocracy just announced that they have added vocals by Portland's own Debbie Bletstein, Cantor at Neveh Shalom and former Broadway performer......AND, woodwinds played by Ed Kraus.

This is a show NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!!
See y'all there~!

Monday, May 16, 2011



Twice in the past 6 weeks I have felt myself transported to amazing places while listening to these guys play live and in concert.

I own their albums and I am on my way to becoming a groupie!!!!!! (I don't know what that means!)

I am a serious fan of Klezmer Music. I love Jazz. These guys know how to to do both. Just look at their faces while they make their music. They are joyous and their music will transport you to happy places, as well. REALLY!

I'll be about you?

Heres the scoop:

Klezmocracy at Alberta Rose Theatre on June 11 for their CD release of "Reach".  Minors welcome w/ adult.  For more information please go to or call 502-746-4131 for ticket information.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Glass in New Orleans

New Orleans Aids Memorial

Close up: Faces of Aids

Long over-due, I have finally downloaded my photos from New Orleans. I didn't see a lot of glass.... I will admit I was swept away by the gorgeous music and soooooo....

What you see above was absolutely the most beautiful glass I saw during my brief stay in the Big Easy!
This is in a community park. It is the New Orleans Aids Memorial.....the Faces of Aids.

Tim Tate designed the structure, Mitchell Gaudet cast the faces- Brian Borello and Erica Larkin crafted the metal.

This is a remarkable, thoughtful and beautiful tribute to the victims of Aids. It is a must see for all glass lovers.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

PDX LIVE!!!!!!!!! and ORA Shalom!

Neveh Shalom Friday May 13th at 6:15 pm.....An amazing soulful and spiritual Friday evening service!

Cantor Deborah Betstein will be accompanied by various musicians including the rhythm section of the awesome local band Klezmocracy!

The second Friday night of each month is an Art Shabbat.... more music, art in the lobby, and really good davenning.

2900 SW Peaceful Lane, PDX..... Some of my art work is on display in the main sanctuary foyer along with some gorgeous works by my sisters in art! Come check it out.....see ya there!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011



In addition to listening to lots of great jazz,

I will also take pix of glass...all kinds of glass! I will post here daily or as often as I find glass worthy of a picture.

See y'all!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Neveh Shalom/ORA Shalom Exhibit Opens Friday

Congregation Neveh Shalom is host to a unique Friday night service called ORA Shalom....a wonderful name combining our art group (ORA) and Shalom from Neveh Shalom...together it means light of peace.

Each second Friday night of the month will be dedicated to art and creativity and Hiddur Mitzvah.

April 8th services begin at 6:15. They are brief but tuneful . Cantor Bletstein wil incorporate the theme of the art show (GATES) into the prayers and music.... During the Kiddush following services Laurie endel will say a few words about our group show and the theme of Gates.

On display, I have a new seder plate on display and a breast plate I made last year that fits the theme.  The works are wonderful and I hope many of you can come either to services or another time to view this group show which will remain through the end of May.

Although I am disappointed I couldn't bring my other gateways piece to life (yet) , it is still being designed and it will be done when it is done! I learned a long time ago never to rush a good thing!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Newest Project

I am wrestling with ideas and am finally prepared to commit myself to a basic shape. i think it will be a tryptich....likely hinged.

The theme is gateways and I am a bit smitten with the moorish keyhole gate concept. There are lots of technical challenges that I want to solve before I wrestle with  designs (although I have some beautiful hebrew quotes I know I will incorporate....they will inspire the design!)  Wish me luck and stay tuned.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

MJCC Lobby Art Show

All week long you can find beautiful art in the lobby of the MJCC...6651 SW Capitol HWY.-PDX)
Free! (unless you want to use the Sports Faciilty! )

Stop by, have a bite of lunch  or even a cup of coffee at the J CAFE and view the art.
Never been the the MJCC? ask for a tour!
I have been a long time member of this facility and gotta say..... it's the key to my increasing good health. Some years I have been a content couch potato....but I am working hard toward increased good health and the J is an important part of my plan.

OKAY, Back to art. On display this week....Diane Fredgant's brightly painted silks, Jessica Israel's gorgeous photography, Sabina Wohfeiler's stunning paintings and my fused glass JUDAICA and other functional art.


I will take pictures tomorrow and post!....

Monday, March 21, 2011


This is my donation this year to the Chair Affair.....a major fundraiser for The Community Warehouse.
These are my before and after shots.

To learn more about this fabulous organization and how you can support them go to:

you can get a sneak peak at all the donated art work going for auction on April 7th...First Thursday!
details at their website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My View Out Back!

I am blessed to have a forest and creek in my back yard. Two steps out of my studio door and this was my view today, captured by my iphone camera.

Yesterday it snowed, rained, hailed, and snowed some more. Today, it is pure sunshine.

It only takes a few minutes of staring out back to refresh and renew my spirits.....I am ready to go back and tackle my next project.

I am not posting as frequently because I am working hard to organize Jewish Arts month.
Check out that blog to find out what great events are connected with this almost 12 week "month!"

Friday, January 28, 2011

New Mezuzah Line!

Fresh out of the kiln! Three new styles of Mezzuzot (plural for Mezuzah.)

I was commissioned to create a Mezuzah for a beach front home. It needed to be water resistant and sit flush against the door post. I wasn't sure what she wanted so I created three very different pieces.

These photos were just snapped this afternoon on the beach just outside of the vacation home. Of course the klaf wasn't inside any of them when I took the pictures. The home owner selected the pomegranate!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Man of Vision, A Man of Peace

I had coffee today with LeRoy Goertz.
The Oregonian had a feature story about his newest artistic creation: A Project called The Art of Reconciliation.

I won't repeat his story here. He says it well enough on his website.
LeRoy is a sculptor and a dreamer. He has already begun the dialogue with numerous groups Apparently there was quite an exhibition on November 20th in celebration of Resolution Northwest's 25th Anniversary celebration.

There will be more conversations as we explore the potential of gathering artists from multiple cultural backgrounds to work together in a meaningful way.... using art to spread the message of reconciliation and peace. Will it work? Have there been studies to prove this is possible? Probably not, but how can you listen to music or view a piece of art or read a poem and not be affected?

Stay tuned.....this man is on to something! It was so kind of him to open the door to those of us who wish to join him!  THANK YOU LEROY!  We'll be talking!