Featured Artist

 


BEAMES DESIGNS

Sara and Michael Beames started Beames Designs! in 1990. In a studio adjacent to their home, tucked into the beautiful Catskill Mountains, they produce hand made fused glass Judaica and Home Accessories.

Sara is the driving force behind the glass design. With a degree in Art from San Francisco State University and many years in the commercial art world, she has turned her passion for glass and good design into a joyous livelihood. Her work has received three Niche Award Nominations.

Michael, who grew up in Australia (g'day mate) has a background in education and business. His work entails the administration of the business, as well as sandblasting and final quality control.

Beames Designs! work can be found in galleries and craft shops throughout the United States, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong, England, South Africa and Australia. Special Collections include an ornament for the White House, Washington DC (now in the Clinton Library), and an Eternal Flame sculpture for the Kingston City Hall, Kingston, NY. Their goal is to create artwork that is functional, aesthetically appealing and accessibly priced.



TAMARA BASKIN

xBorn and raised in Israel, Tamara Baskin moved to the United States where she began her career in art. She is a self taught artist with some twenty years experience working in several mediums. For the past several years she has been working with fused glass where her emphasis is creating elegant yet functional designs to celebrate Jewish life. Each piece is signed and dated.

The technique of fusing glass goes back to biblical times. Layers of glass are cut and then arranged in a kiln to be fired to a temperature of 1550 degrees where it becomes one piece of glass. A second firing is required to form the piece into a bowl or platter. Slumping into a mold may create variations of "crackling" in the precious metal letters.





GARY ROSENTHAL

xGary Rosenthal has been sculpting in welded metals for almost 30 years. Together with a team of talented craftspeople, he creates one of the most popular and unique lines of Judaic art in the country: The Gary Rosenthal Collection. Combining copper, brass, and steel with brilliant fused glass, the collection has a contemporary style rooted in tradition. Inspiration comes from the rich history of the Jewish people, which tells us it's a blessing, a mitzvah, to make beautiful functional art. Work from the Gary Rosenthal Collection has been presented to Presidents from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush, and to celebrities as varied as Bette Midler, John Travolta, and Tony Randall. The Collection can be found throughout the world in many fine galleries, private collections, and the following museum shops: Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, Corning Museum of Glass, American Craft Museum, B'nai B'rith Museum, The Jewish Museum, Skirball Museum of Culture, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.



SUSAN FULLENBAUM

Susan creates handcrafted stained glass art emphasizing Judaic themes. Each piece commemorates joyous life cycle events, illustrates Jewish customs, or is used in ceremonial life. Stained glass adds dimensions of dynamic beauty, unparalleled in other art media, through the interplay of colored glass with ambient light.

For over 20 years, Susan has created a wide selection of art ranging from attractive boxes and figurines to large window panels. Her current work focuses on themes taken from Jewish life and her own developing awareness of Jewish tradition. "I receive from my art as much as I put into it,” says Susan. As she concentrates on depicting Jewish themes, her own life is enriched, which in turn, enriches her creations.

Susan's art is represented in juried art shows and exhibitions nationwide. Her commissioned art pieces are displayed internationally in galleries, synagogues, and private homes. Susan also conducts classes in the art and mechanics of stained glass, trains Judaic educators at national conventions, and advises a steady stream of apprentices. She is a member of Artsites, the National Capital Stained Glass Guild, and the American Guild of Judaic Artists.



MELANIE DANKOWICZ

Melanie & Harry Dankowicz join together to create elegant papercut designs that unite traditional Jewish motifs with contemporary themes. Well known for their unique papercut dreidels, they also make papercut mezuzot mounted in a clear glass case with a spiraled frame of brushed stainless steel.

Upon commission, Melanie & Harry create personalized art such as ketubot, invitations, and other presentations that provide you the opportunity to honor a loved one, to commemorate an occasion, or to express your most highly held values.

The couple began their artistic collaboration in 1994 with the creation of a ketuba for their own wedding.



VICTOR SHREM

Victor Shrem, born in Jerusalem in 1944, is the descendant of a Spanish family who fled Spain during the Inquisition, and established themselves first in Italy, and then in Hebron, Israel, 10 generations ago.
He grew up and went to school in Jerusalem, and after graduating high school, worked in a kibbutz in the Jordan Valley.

He served in the Navy in the Israel Defense Force, and when he completed his military service, he went to Germany for artistic training, and graduated from the Academy of Ceramics. He worked in this field for several years, and participated in several group exhibitions in Berlin, Paris and Israel.

In 1984 he opened his own studio and gallery "Cardo Gallery 1984" in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he exhibits fine art works by well-known Israeli artists. At the same time, he continued with his own artistic career, but turned to a different medium: painting. He learned the techniques of water-color, oil and mixed-media, in which he excels.

His favorite subjects are inspired from Israeli folklore, Jerusalem and its surroundings, Israeli landscapes and Judaica.

He has taken part in the international art fair, Artexpo, New York 3 times, and his works have been exhibited in Jewish Centers throughout the United States.

Victor Shrem's paintings are exhibited in many galleries throughout the world, and appear in numerous private collections and synagogues.



STEVE RESNICK

Steve’s late wife, Valerie, had a fascination with glass since early childhood and began collecting colorful glass objects at the age of seven. Educated at Cornell University, Valerie brought to her work her attention to detail inherent in the traditional art disciplines. With her background in interior design, she was especially skilled at conceptualizing decorative accessories and furniture for the home and workplace. Valerie created everything from delicate vases to massive conference tables.

Steve has been working in glass since the 1960's. After both undergraduate and graduate studies at Cornell, he stayed on to teach techniques of stained glass. Steve arrived in the Washington, DC area in 1976 establishing one of the most successful art glass studios in the region producing countless commissions of stained, etched and carved glass for residential and commercial application. Mr. Resnick is a leading authority on glass restoration and has been called upon to participate in restoration projects for the Smithsonian Institution as well as the U.S. Capitol. Borrowing on his experience in stone sculpture, his glass carving is characterized by its wonderful textural quality utilizing intricate organic motifs. Working with Valerie, Steve has developed a magnificent collection of glass Judaica which can be seen in galleries throughout the United States. The work has been featured in a number of distinguished museums.

Resnick sculptures have been presented to dignitaries worldwide including Shimon Peres, Jean Kirkpatrick, Yitzchak Shamir, Congressman Charles Schumer, Henry Winkler, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



MICKIE CASPI

Is an Israeli-American artist and calligrapher, has been creating Judaic art since 1980. Her designs are represented worldwide. Mickie's delicate watercolors are inspired by many sources: traditional Jewish, Persian and Arabic motifs, contemporary graphics, art nouveau, and her love of nature.

All of the ketubot are suitable for first marriages, subsequent marriages, and many types of special circumstances. An anniversary text is also offered on some ketubot. Each limited edition is individually numbered and pencil signed by the artist. The ketubot are printed in Israel on acid-free, Modigliani paper. All ketubot can be personalized (allow 2 weeks) and original custom texts can be hand calligraphed (allow 4-6 weeks). Mickie studied at Columbia College in Chicago and spent seven years as a freelance artists and calligrapher in Israel. She has exhibited in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, and her illustrations have appeared in several Hebrew children's books.



MURRAY EISNER

Murray Eisner was born and raised in the Catskills in upstate New York in 1957. He demonstrated a natural creative talent early in his childhood and was featured in a local newspaper as, “Murray the Artist,” at just three years of age. By the first grade, Murray was enrolled in orthodox Jewish religious school as his primary formal education, since his father was an orthodox Rabbi. By the second grade, this created a “question everything” mentality for Murray which was perpetuated throughout his life. The most notable influence was a teacher that once said this, “There are two reasons for doing everything, the first of which is that there is a reason for doing it and the second is that there is no reason for not doing it.” The later of the two reasons is what he feels has propelled him to create his art in the way in which he does.

As a college student, Murray Eisner studied art in various mediums including architecture, painting, and photography at Pratt Institute and the University of Buffalo. Murray found formal education to be too stifling and constricting, therefore skipping many classes in order to paint. He felt that his creative energy was better put to use in this way and as a true artist would do, he followed his heart and his art. During this period, Eisner perfected his artistic technique, while furthering his artistic visions. Eisner, who splashed onto the art scene in the early 80’s, was inspired by the “hippie revolution” and embraced the belief of peace, love, and understanding which is evident everywhere in his artwork. Today, using a combination of oils, acrylics and Giclée printing, Murray Eisner creates his own unique style of art that’s captivating, enlightening, and funky.

Eisner’s philosophy when it comes to creating his art is this,”Before I start to create a piece, I often meditate and by doing so, an idea, sometimes based on what I just saw, or thought, or even heard, will pop into my head. As I am creating, my thoughts and visions synchronize naturally based on the energy that is needed at the moment. The energy feels like a power that takes over my mind and hands.” One of his favorite quotes is by Picasso and goes something like this- it took me a lifetime to paint like a child and a child does it naturally from within. Murray Eisner too has the feeling that he would like to paint naturally, like a child would. He is able by virtue of imagination, talent, and skill to create works of irresistible aesthetic value. The consummate artist, he has exhibited in many galleries throughout Florida, Chicago, New York, Colorado, California, Israel, and elsewhere.



KELEMEN KUATRO GLASSART

Alicia • Beatriz • Josefina • Frank

Two generations of the Kelemen Family ---- devoted to the magic world of glass.

Together, in 1983, they opened KELEMEN KUATRO GLASSART in Venezuela. Josefina and Frank continued to perfect their art work while Alicia and Beatriz moved to Boston, where they remained until 2005. Today, the twin sisters continue their work in Asheville, NC under the name K4 GLASSART.

Alicia and Beatriz develop their work by using different designs, techniques, and materials that showcase the desired optic effects, forms and textures, in a wide array of sculptures and colors.

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