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The Artists

The exhibiton's ten artists mine
the substance of their personal lives,
current political realities, and, for
some, the place of religion in their lives.
The artists represent the continuum
of Judaism from secular to observant.

Aliza Augustine was born in Israel, and has a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since a 2006 residency at the School of Visual Arts in photography, Augustine has pursued photography. Her work in this exhibition documents second-generation daughters of Holocaust survivors. In 2015, She received a Julia Cameron Award for Documentary and Editorial Photography. In 2017, her work was in the Whitney Museum, as part of “Debt Fair”. Solo and two-person shows include: The Woodrow Wilson Institute, Kean University’s Human Rights Gallery, the Monmouth Museum and the Mary H Dana Women’s artist series at Rutgers university.  

Siona Benjamin is an award-winning painter originally from Bombay, India. Her work reflects being raised Jewish in a predominantly Muslim and Hindu country. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts. Benjamin received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-11 in India and a second Fulbright fellowship in 2016-17 to Israel. She has her first MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Il and a second MFA in Theater set design. She has undergraduate degrees from J.J. School of Art in Mumbai and an apprenticeship in photography also from J.J. School of Art. She exhibits her work in the US, Europe and Asia. 

Judy Beck is a “fiber artist”, with an MA from Montclair State University in Visual Arts, a BA from Brooklyn College. She studied design at the NY School of Interior Design. Beck taught design and architecture at Montclair University. Her design work has been published in “Metropolitan Home” magazine. She is a judge for Art awards at Scholastic Magazine this year. Her fiber works were included in the 2017 and 2019 New Jersey Fiber Arts Annual shows at the Morris Art Museum, and the Montclair Art Museum,.  She has had a one-woman show at the Hawthorn, NJ public Library. She is a founder of the Montclair Crafters Guild.

Marilyn Belford, an award-winning quilter, is well known for her realistic fabric portraits and art quilts. She comes to the quilting community after a long and successful career in the art world. Belford works’ have been shown at the AQS show in Paducah, Quilters’ Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, the IQA International Show in Houston, TX, the Schweinfurth Museum in Auburn, NY and other museums and shows nationally .Marilyn has been teaching at Quilt University since 2003. She has written an article on her method for Chitra Publication’s magazine Quilting Today, has been featured in ARTSmagazine, and has been favorably reviewed in newspapers in New York.

Harriet Finck, originally trained as an architect, has a M.Arch. from Harvard University. After many years working for IMPei and Co., she traded her hard edge, for a paint brush. Finck investigated her connection to biblical texts a number of years ago, when she was a member and then a teacher in an Artists’ Beit Misrash. She saw possibilities for her painting  practice in the formative layers of her yeshivah education. Finck taught art at Parsons and at William Paterson University, and is a faculty member at the Art School at Old Church in Bergen County, NJ. Her last solo exhibit was at W83 Gallery, in Manhattan. She will be in a two person show at the Center Gallery, Demarest, NJ, in February. 

Jamie Levine’s studio is at Manufacturers Village in East Orange. Her work harkens to Classical Greek Mythology and is inspired by modern day Chimera. She sculpts touching, disturbing and whimsical beings, neither fully human, nor fully animal; they are hybrids. The natural world provides a metaphor for complex ideas and emotions. Levine sees her art studio as a lab for finding newer and healthier ways of living, and for hard to face global problems with humor and compassion. Levine holds a BFA in Textile design from Syracuse University, an MFA in Sculpture from Montclair University and was a Resident in the School of Visual Arts Nature and Technology Lab. Her work appeared in numerous group exhibitions in the New York area and abroad.

Jennifer Levine has won many awards in the arts and shows her work thorough out New Jersey. Levine is a self-taught/outsider artist whose current body of work is inspired by her journey as a single mother raising a teenage daughter.  Her work manifests the vulnerabilities and strengths of women’s’ experience-including pregnancy and menopause. Having discovered painting at the age of 40, she founded  “The Peace Garden Song and Mural Project (peacegardenproject.com). To date, she has worked with over 1000 New Jersey school children. She is  currently a teaching artist with Morris Arts and the New Jersey State council on the arts.

Madelyn Shaw established an art studio in New Jersey in 1987. She has lived in Europe and the Middle East.  Shaw has shown her work in: Ellarslie Museum, Aljira Gallery, Newark, Montclair University, Penn State University, Rutgers University and many more. She attended the High School of Music and Arts in Manhattan and was mentored by Chinese-American artist Dorothy Yung.

Gail Winbury shows in museums and galleries in US, Europe, and Mexico, including; Henrich Heine Haus, Germany, William James College, Boston, Jersey City Museum, and in Matera, Italy. She had: a Painting Residency at the School of Visual Arts, an Arts Fellowship from the Bau Foundation, Italy, and a Jewish Federation grant for an art exchange in Israel. In 2020, Winbury will have a one-woman show in Manhattan and in Pittsburgh, Pa, and a group show at The Carter Burden Gallery. A yearlong exhibition of Winbury’s work is at the Co-Co in Summit, sponsored by the Center for Visual Arts, NJ. Her art addresses the psychological world. She has a doctorate in psychology, studied at the School of Visual Arts, with Dorothy Yung, and Joan Snyder.

Etty Yaniv, who was raised in Israel, is an art-writer, artist and curator with a studio in Brooklyn. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including The Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, State Silk Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia, Newark Museum of Art, Monmouth Museum. She draws on patterns from nature and images from daily life to form hybrid landscapes which blur the line between the chaotic and the orderly, the real and the imagined, the organic and the artificial.  In 2018 she was awarded the Two Trees subsidized studio program in Dumbo. She holds BA in Psychology and English Literature from Tel Aviv University, BFA from Parsons School of Design, and MFA from SUNY Purchase.