Visual Arts

Brightly colored paintings, hand-crafted quilts, stunning sculptures and intriguing photographs are just examples of the beautiful pieces of art on display throughout the year in the JCC’s Goldberg Gallery, located in the building’s lobby. Exhibits are free and open to the entire community.

Exhibits and artists are selected by the JCC’s Visual Arts Committee, chaired by Hani Hara and 4 -5 exhibitions are presented annually.  Most exhibits are mounted for a minimum of 1 month.  Exhibits are selected based on Jewish content and/or to highlight a Jewish artist.  Each new exhibition includes an artist reception to kick off the exhibit, allowing JCC members and interested community arts patrons the opportunity to meet the artist and learn more about their artistic process and creative goals.  Additionally, for some exhibiting artists, workshops, presentations to schools and synagogues, and interactive classes are included.

Current Exhibit


“Encounters” is a group of 16 Israeli Quilting Artists established in 2009.  The group was formed with the goals of developing and learning more about quilting, particularly as there are few high level workshops on the art of quilting in Israel.  The artists meet bi-monthly to exchange opinions, ideas, mutual enrichment, and practice of new techniques as they work towards exhibiting works together.  Most of the group members participate in international exhibitions and travel abroad to study at advanced workshops given by the leading Art Quilt masters.  Further, all are members of the Israel Quilters Association.

“Encounters” artists expand their horizons by learning new techniques and approaches to the art of quilting.  In meeting with artists who are experts in paper cuts, ceramics, glass, metal, weaving, and origami, group members have the opportunity to bring these enrichments to the art of quilting.

Past exhibits of  “Local Visions: Landscapes of Israel” and “Textile and More” have been displayed in both Israel and Columbus, Ohio.  The current exhibit, “Song of Songs” is based on a verse of text that each artist found inspiring.

Group member are: Maya Chaimovich, Rachel Covo, Eti David, Rachel Elran, Niza Hoffman, Bella Kaplan, Hava Katzir, Ziva Keidar, Yemima Lavan, Shula Liss, Nava Lieberman, Shoshi Rimer, Orna Shahar, Gisha Wogier, Ita Ziv, Shulamit Ron.

Contact Melanie Butter, Program Director, at mbutter@columbusjcc.org for more information about this exhibit or future displays in the Goldberg Gallery of the JCC.

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