Artists at the OCJAC:
Rita Ackert lives in Philadelphia and maintains an in-home studio there. She works in fine and sterling silver with semi-precious stones and found object accents to create her unique jewelry.
Steve Belkowitz is a commercial photographer. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia. His advertising campaign clients include Harrah’s Conglomerate- Las Vegas, and Comcast. He lives in Old City with his wife, Beth, and their three sons, Alex, Sammy and Charlie.
Cynthia Blackwood graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Colgate University as well as a M.S. in Printmaking and Art Education from College of St. Rose. She is the owner of The Frame House in Elkins Park, PA and has three children: Evan, Alexander and Jacob. Most of her 'artistic' time is now spent working, creating framing solutions for customers in Elkins Park.
Arlene Danielli graduated from Moore College of Art and Design majoring in fashion illustration. She is a freelance artist and also works at Politz Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia. She is married to Shmuel for 28 years and has five children and three grandchildren (so far!)
Alex DiFiori is a visual artist who recently graduated from high school. He will be attending Community College of Philadelphia in the fall.
Jean Flaxenberg graduated from the University of the Arts in 1964 with a BFA. She is currently the president of the French Creek Sheep & Wool Co. in Elverson, PA as well as the owner of the Philadelphia Window Box Company.
Linda Dubin Garfield
Linda Dubin Garfield is an award-winning printmaker and mixed media artist who creates original art inspired by nature, informed by memory, using hand-pulled printmaking techniques, photography, collage and digital imaging. She also creates installations that include public participatory art, especially when she is exploring themes relating to women in today’s culture.
Carla Goodstein studied Textile Design at FIT in New York and currently studying oil painting and lives in Philadelphia. She is currently taking lessons from Al Alexander, a painter and muralist in New Milford, NJ and gives private art lessons in North East Philadelphia.
Joanne Hoffman studied at the Philadelphia Museum, earned a BFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and University of Pennsylvania ,completed the two year course at the Barnes Foundation, a summer at Harvard [which was the summer of Jim Morrison and the Doors] and miscellaneous courses at Tyler and PCA.
An art director/designer since 1978 in Philadelphia and NYC, she opened her own advertising and graphic design business in 1992. She works in mixed media and ceramics.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, there she studied art at the National Schools of Fine Arts Manuel Belgrano, Prilidiano Pueyrredon, and Ernesto de la Carcova. She also studied at Temple University and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, USA, graduating with honors at all schools. As of now, a recognized artist by the Ministry of Culture of Argentina, she counts approximately fifty solo exhibits and one hundred and fifty collective shows in the Americas, China and Europe. www.lilianalife.com
Adam Myerowitz is a recent graduate of the University of The Arts specializing in printmaking. His work is of a small, intimate size focusing on intricate details.
Rachel Oresky has a Masters degree in Art Therapy from Drexel/Hahnemann University, and a B.F.A. in Painting/Drawing from the University of the Arts. She has had exhibitions in various galleries in Philadelphia, including the Well-Fed artist's gallery, and Gallery Sianna in Olde City. She currently works as an art therapist in a long-term structured residence program with adults and the elderly who have chronic mental illnesses. In her own art, she likes exploring the many facets of psychology inherent in the art process.
B. Leah Palmer
B. Leah Palmer is a local Philadelphia photographer for the past twenty years. She is a winner of the Jewish Exponent Israel Travel Photo Contest and has had her work published in Nature's Glory the International Library of Photography. Her work is exhibited in many area venues such as the Juried Art Show at the William Penn Charter School, Falling for the Arts in Chestnut Hill and the JCC Klein Branch.
Peter Reich, founder and owner of PETER ASSOCIATES, since 1985, has been designing and manufacturing interactive displays all over the world. From New York to Hong Kong his devices entertain and educate thousands of museum visitors each year. His 15,000 square-foot Philadelphia facility includes precision metalworking and fabrication, cabinet work, electronics, hydraulics, and computer controls. This adds up to exceptional quality and reliability for all displays, from a small table top exhibit to a sixteen-foot dinosaur.
Sharon Ritz loves glass and making mosaic art and crafts. She had no prior art experience and has had the benefit of wonderful teachers to help her on this exciting journey! She enjoys making secular as well as Judaic pieces. Sharon lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with her family and has her studio in her home.
The Hebrew alphabet is the essence of the art of Mordechai Rosenstein. "The flowing forms of the letters have been an inspiration to me since my youth." Mordechai's love of these forms is evident in every piece he creates. His vibrant shapes and colors enhance synagogue, home and agency interiors, stained glass, tapestries, paintings, murals, and silk screen prints. By uniting his interest in Judaica and painting, Rosenstein has given a contemporary meaning to the art of Hebrew calligraphy. Internationally, audiences in Zurich, Hong Kong, and London have welcomed Rosenstein, viewing his paintings and learning from the slide and PowerPoint lecture he presents. He studied in the The Philadelphia College of Art and currently lives in Elkins Park, PA.
Bette Samuel is an Associate and Project Manager for Mancini Duffy, an architecture design firm in New York City. Ms. Samuel has been responsible for the management of installations of varying scope during her twenty-seven years in the corporate interior design and architecture field nationwide. She has been with the firm for a total of eighteen years. She lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY with her daughter, Allie and their beagle, Angel.
Kivka Sauerhaft began doing pottery in his fortieth year. He likes to make practical forms with a natural feel.
Rachel Shoham maintains a fully equipped glass studio in the East Falls section of Philadelphia where she fuses paints and casts colorful glass objects, both functional and non-functional, including plates, wall hangings and sculpture
Mark S. Segal
Mark S. Segal graduated Boston University School of Fine Arts in 1974 and has been a performing puppeteer since 1977. Over 40,000 people see Mark's shows each year. He is best known for "Tooth Buddy Tales" a show that appears regularly within the 5 county areas each year. Since 1985 Mark has built and performed shows for Jewish organizations.
Rachel Stecker has been living in Philadelphia for the past ten years working as a photographer and textile artist. She is currently working as a knitting instructor at a local yarn store, as well as teaching at the Center City Jewish Preschool.
Doug Weissman received his Bachelor of Science in Photography from Drexel University in 1997. Ever since, he has applied his creative vision and unique style to a wide range of assignments. In addition to his commercial work, he teaches a variety of Photography classes at Moore College of Art and Design, and frequently exhibits his photographs in local galleries.
Susan Yitzhak has a BFA from the Crafts Department of the University of the Arts and presently resides in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York and Israel. Her inspiration, since the time she was in school, was always her religion. Susan works in a variety of mediums ranging from paints and pencils to metals and fiber. She is currently working in multi-medium crafts and paintings as well as designing and creating jewelry and Judaica.
Isaiah Zagar graduated with a B.F.A. in painting and graphics from Pratt Institute of Art in New York, NY. He and his wife began making their mark in Philadelphia 35 years ago, when they opened the Eyes Gallery on South Street. Since then, Zagar's folk environments have become a part of the city's landscape. His colorful glass, mirror and ceramic mosaics enliven building facades, patio walls, stairwells and ceilings, and constitute entire corners of some of the South Street shops. Over his career, Zagar has covered approximately 15,000 square feet of walls, ceilings and floors with his vibrant mosaics.
Renee started drawing the Sunday comics at age 11. Renee received her Associates Degree in Art from Community College of Philadelphia. She enjoys graphic design working with watercolor, acrylic and pencil.