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Ruach Art Auction 2013--Artist Bios

  Meet the Artists …

Gad Almaliah

Gad was born and raised in Israel. He graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and studied at the School of Visual Art in New York. The Mexican government sponsored Gad for two years to work with local artists at the University of Mexico. He was president of the Graphic Designers Association of Israel for 15 years.  In addition to designing stamps for the postal services of Israel, the United States and Mexico, Gad designed numerous posters and published several books on design. He designed coins and medals for the Israeli government and created the emblem for the Six Day War. He taught design on the university level in Israel and Canada in addition to serving on the faculties of the School of Visual Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Gad passed away in January 207 and his wife Joan Almaliah, continue to produce his Judaica designs.


Arlene Bandes
Zum Gali Gali Rubber Stamp
Arlene Bandes is an artist and art educator who has degrees from Brandeis and Harvard and studied also at MIT and Massachusetts College of Art.  Recently retired from the Newton Public Schools, she owns and designs stamps with her husband Dean for Zum Gali Gali Rubber Stamps.  The stamps are all hand made from their artwork and the full collection can be viewed atwww.zumgaligali.com.   The stamps offered for this event are a sampling of popular Judaic imagery.  The dies are all hand trimmed and the mounts are hand indexed.  These are stamps of the highest quality made right here in Newton, Massachusetts!

Monica Biswas
Monica Biswas is a photographer mom living in Belmont, MA. Her favorite photography subjects are children, landscape and nature, and she especially loves a natural environment approach. When Monica is not behind the camera, she also enjoys public health issues, organizing homes and closets and the French language. She can be reached at www.monicabiswas.com  or at 978-337-2566.

Mimi Braverman
Mimi Braverman is a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts. She says the following about her photography, “I keep my camera with me and look out for beauty in nature. I live, part time in Gloucester, on the sea, and the winter scene was taken in Feb, 2013 just after a big storm. It was taken from my porch. The autumn leaves were photographed in the Boston Garden in October, 2009.”

Susan LeBlanc Brum
Hog Wild Pottery
Hog Wild Pottery’s ‘Farm to Table’ pottery collection has always been influenced by growing up on a farm.  Loving backyard gardening, buying local, and the great influences of CSA’s keep my ideas for pottery pieces growing.  Have fun displaying your food in Hog Wild Pottery’s ‘Art as Function’ pottery pieces… lidded and un-lidded casserole dishes, honey pots, garlic & butter keepers, berry bowls, utensil caddies, milk jugs & funky pitcher vases. Visit hogwildpottery.com for a preview.”

Tara Fleming Caruso, MA, LMHC
Tara is a licensed mental health counselor with 19 years of elder care experience.  She is currently the Admissions Counselor at NewBridge on the Charles, a CCRC owned by Hebrew SeniorLife. When not working or parenting, she occasionally picks up knitting needles!

Bella Caplan
Bella paints for peace of mind.

Linda Champa
I am a long-time hospice volunteer and have added a blanket ministry to my volunteer work.  I have a small group of crocheters and knitters who make afghans all year, which are then donated to VNA Hospice Care and other hospice and elderly patients.  At Christmas we make afghans in the colors of red, white, and green, which we contribute to the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading, MA, so that each patient has a comfortable and comforting reminder of the joys of the holiday.

Elena Clame
Elena is an expressive art therapist and a massage therapist. She has always had a love for photography and most recently began to photograph antique toys and dolls. Elena's true passion is capturing natural moments of children and families.

Sara Coen Dash-Joy Ink Cards
(617) 558-3695
Sara Coen Dash is a former 8th grade English teacher, current crafter, writing tutor and busy mom of Leah, Eli and Jesse. She loves finding ways to use three-dimensional embellishments, rich colors and shimmery effects on handmade cards and invitations. Sara also feels lucky to have met such a wonderful group of women through her work with Hadassah. She is in the process of starting a consulting business focused on “green” and healthy homes/living.

Jan Dash is Sara's mother-in-law and dabbles in a variety of crafts. 

Samantha Divak Eio
Samantha Divak Eio trained as an architect, but she is currently working hard as a stay-at-home mother to her two beautiful girls. Still, that doesn't stop her from trying to do something creative each day. Whenever she gets a free moment, you'll find her designing invitations and sewing (purses, totes and baby quilts) for her small business Izzy Bee Designs. Her other loves include: photography, knitting, painting, and a great big cup of coffee! Follow Izzy Bee Designs: izzybee.etsy.com, pinterest.com/izzybeedesigns, instagram.com/izzybeedesigns

Alexandra Emmons
Alexandra Emmons, a California Transplant, is currently a New York based artist and resident.  She obtained her BFA/BA cum laude from The College of Fine Arts at Boston University concentrating in painting and Art History.  She spent summers travelling from her native California to Boston, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Paris and London visiting museums and studying fine art and artists. Prior to entering Boston University she completed a college semester in drawing design and painting from the Rhode Island School of  Design.  From her middle school days to high school and through college Ali has exhibited her work widely at shows from California to Cambridge. Her latest group exhibition was at The Cambridge Innovation Center (2012.) Since graduating from the University, Ali has settled in New York where she is painting, working, and enjoying the City's world class culture. Visit Ali atwww.alexandraemmons.com.      

Elaine Fischer
Elaine Fischer is a Hadassah life member and mother of Boston Chapter member Tracy Fischer. Elaine was trained as an art teacher and throughout her life has enjoyed many artistic endeavors: metal work and sculpture, jewelry making and has spent many years as a prolific painter in acrylic and water color.  She currently enjoys creating beaded necklaces from beads that she collects at bead shows and in her travels.  She lives in Boca Raton Florida with her husband of 53 years.

Jennifer Flescher
Jennifer Flescher is a documentary photographer/writer based in Newton, MA. She started shooting at the age of ten, and moved on to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Maine Photographic Workshops. 

Linda Gibbons
Linda Gibbons had been the Administrative Assistant /Office Manager of the Area Development Center since 1999 and has been a dedicated member of that team. She lives in West Roxbury with her husband John. She has been making art of one kind or another all her life, including sewing and fabric arts, drawing and painting, photography, paper arts, mixed media, beads and most recently digital collage. Her work can be seen at http://justanothervolunteer.blogspot.com/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/logibbons/

Sophie Glikson
Psychotherapy & Creative Medicine
I have been exhibiting in the New England area since 1984, a couple of years after I moved to Boston from Paris, France. My art journey is a continued awakening to great mystery and transformation.

Susan Goldstein
Susan is a third generation life member of Hadassah, since the age of 13. She grew up in Worcester, where her mother Maureen Goldstein was very active in Hadassah for over 40 years, with 2 of those years spent as president of the Worcester chapter. In June of 2009, her mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.  She designed a bracelet to honor and support my mother during her 3 1/2 month battle.  I made over 100 bracelets, all given to the women in my mother's life who also wanted to honor her.  After losing her mother, she decided to continue making cancer awareness bracelets with colors that represent the cancers that women are most at risk of developing.  She is also a professional, personal chef.

 Leslie Gonzalez
Leslie Gonzalez, an active member of Hadassah Ruach, is a stay-at-home mom with four young children.  Leslie enjoys exercising her creativity by painting unfinished wood!  Footstools are her newest endeavor!Leslie went to Israel for the first time in November 2011 on a Hadassah mission! She took over 500 pictures and this is one of her favorites of the colorful, varied Israeli spices.  It was taken at the open air market, Machaneh Yehudah, or more commonly known as 'the Shuk' in Jerusalem.

David Greenfield
David is currently in the encore phase of his career. For almost forty years he maintained a periodontal practice and teaching appointment at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in addition to remaining engaged in a variety of community projects. Simultaneously he pursued his passion for photography. In 1996, David published,Journey to Poland: a family mission. In photographs and text, the volume chronicled his investigative trip to Poland researching the experience of his parents during the war in Europe seventy years ago. With periodontics now playing a lesser role in daily life, David channels increased energy into his photographic art. He frequently pairs imagery with writing to create photo-essays for exhibition and web viewing, and also strives to advance the mission of various not-for-profit organizations using photography. When film was the light-sensitive media of choice, David primarily attuned his eye to image capture as a B&W art form. With images now customarily recorded digitally, his portfolio has expanded and is replete with color. During the ‘film era’, his greatest photographic joy was experienced shooting with a vintage Leica III, circa 1950, formerly used by his father.

Jeanne E. Gugino
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Jeanne graduated from the State College with a B.S. degree in Art Education, moving to Boston shortly after. She taught art in New York and Massachusetts public schools. After attending Mass College of Art and The Boston Museum School she became a member of Kaji Aso Studio. Active in the local arts community, Jeanne now serves as co-president of the Newton Art Association. Jeanne teaches watercolor, pastel, experimental pastel and ceramics. Her work in clay includes pottery, and sculptural forms. Jeanne's Tea Bowls are often used in Japanese Tea Ceremony at The Studio.

Kathy Hart
Kathy Hart is a Massachusetts silversmith and multi-media artist, making Judaica, jewelry, as well as paintings and books.  Her work has been commissioned by The Jewish Museum in New York, synagogues around the country, and is in collections around the world.  Her website, www.kathyhart.com, offers a window on her work.

Megan Hergrueter
the human hand...the raw clay comes to life. Many of my hand-built pieces are inspired by the natural world around me.

Al Kaplan
I have been photographing for many years after being introduced to cameras at an early age. I am a resident of Newton. I practiced Internal Medicine for many years.

Valerie Fields Kivowitz
Valerie Fields Kivowitz works as a Hospital Administrator in New York City.  She began making barrette boards as baby gifts for her friends after seeing a barrette board hanging on the wall of a nursery. She feels a sense of pride whenever she visits a friend’s home and a barrette board that she hand crafted is on display.  Valerie and her husband are expecting their own bundle joy later this Spring.

Sasha Kopp
Sasha Kopp is a Fused Glass Artist living in Brookline MA. She works as a full time Educator at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham where she encourages creativity, curiosity and glass creation with students ages two though eighteen. Sasha creates fused glass jewelry and mezuzot in her home studio in Brookline and enjoys showing her work at local synagogue fundraisers. 

Susan Maslow Leferman
Susan crafts shadowboxes, children’s clothes and baby essentials in her business Out of the Box.  She received her undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s Degree in Education at Columbia University and is a certified personal trainer.  She is the proud mother of Joshua, Drew and Ella and loving wife to Marc.  In her spare time she volunteers for various Jewish philanthropic efforts, competes in triathalons, marathons and the Pan Mass Challenge and teaches sports classes.  She donates a shadowbox to this year's auction in memory of her mother in law who passed away last after a courageous 8 year fight against ovarian cancer.

Bonnie Lerner
Bonnie Lerner has been an artist as long as she can remember. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her current passion is monoprinting, as well as creating new creatures and creations using upcycled and repurposed materials. Bonnie has been a Pilates Instructor at the JCC in Newton for 12 years, and owns "Center of Attention", a centerpiece and event design company.

Judy Lipson
Julipcollection LLC has over 30 years of need pointing and teaching experience. She has 15 years of retail experience with one of the finest retailers. Judy has been needlepointing since she was 16.

Cyril Mazansky
Cyril Mazansky is a serious amateur photographer of the landscape.  He has photographed throughout the United States as well as internationally. He has participated in many international photographic salons, has won many awards and has had a number of exhibitions. he lives in Newton, MA. http://www.mazanskyphoto.com

Amy McGregor-Radin  
My art comes out of the wide range of emotions that result from my full time work—that of being a mother, wife, and growing woman. Humor, love, anger, joy, pride, worry, frustration, pressure, fear, celebration, appreciation, introspection...the list continues to grow as I learn about myself through the process of making art. Most recently, I have been creating white-line woodcuts, also known as Provincetown prints. When I go about my travels---daily or otherwise---I am often drawn to a scene, view of the horizon, or particular angle of an object. These are my favorite things to portray in woodcuts, in part, as a way of memorizing them for myself. This unique hand printing method gives me an outlet for expressing my appreciation for the world as I see it.

Jeannie Moskowitz
Jeannie Moskowitz moved from NJ to Washington state ten years ago after she and her husband retired. At that time she started oil painting and has recently turned to watercolor.  The scene in the painting she donates to today's auction is from La Push, WA.

Emily Newmann
I am a printmaker in Cambridge, MA.  The monoprints I do often involve dry point, collograph, monotypes and collage.  My prints vary from being representational to abstract to whimsical and more serious in nature.  The print in the show is a collograph made from a leaf and a coffee filter.  I love making prints as each one is often so different from the next; it always feels like I am in for a surprise.

Hayley Perelman
Hayley Perelman recently moved to Boston by way of Burlington, Vermont. Hayley loves art and has always enjoyed painting recreationally using either watercolor or acrylic materials. She began making t-shirt quilts after learning that her friend in Vermont had made one as a gift. Impressed by her friend’s finished product, Hayley felt inspired to make her own. At that time she had no idea how to even use a sewing machine!  She eventually learned and has made several t-shirt quilts to date. Hayley is currently a graduate school student at Boston University studying counseling and sport psychology.

Lisa Roy Sachs
Lisa Roy Sachs is the sole designer and creator of Round House Jewelry - named after a sweet little round shaped house on the coast of Maine.  Founded in 2007, RHJ has always been clear on its vision – to create unusual and unique pieces of jewelry for the nature inspired, outdoor and rugged minded; bohemian-style jewelry that can easily move from an afternoon hike to an elegant seaside dinner.  Pendants, charms, bracelets, and exclusive components are made from bronze, silver, and copper metals and clays.  Most are sewn, strung, or hung with natural leathers or cottons.  Designs are simple, but not quiet.  Most are inspired by the natural elements – leaves, insects, bamboo and floras – and use natures most treasured materials – soft leather, silk, and cotton. Lisa uses recycled materials whenever possible and she is committed to keeping Round House Jewelry as green as possible, preserving everything her jewelry is designed to capture. 

Benita Sarno
Benita's motivation to create jewelry is the happiness she sees on women's faces every time they wear one of her pieces. Her goal is to make women feel beautiful inside and out.  Benita is also a practicing pediatric nurse in a local private practice. 

David Segal
I started painting five-years ago and it has become my greatest form of relaxation.  I am grateful to my wife, Wendy, who gave me lessons and encouraged me to keep trying. Wendy, our son Jacob, and I live in Needham.

Betty Selsky
Betty Selsky has been an avid baker for over 40 years!  Her rugalach cookies are simply the best according to her kids and grandkids.  Many friends have requested these cookies from near and far!

Enid Shapiro
Hadassah has always been important in her life.  She has been a life member for the last 50 years.  She's been studying painting for the last 5 years and enjoys all kinds of paints, but prefers oil paint. 

Carol E. Simpson
As a college student in London, Carol studied black and white, film-based photography eventually moving to color digital photography years later.  Today, Carol practices iPhotography using her Apple iPhone or iPod Touch for capturing, editing and printing all her pictures with one device.

Erica Smiley
Erica Smiley is a local artist and the art teacher at the Rashi School. She began crocheting at age 8, when her beloved Bubbe taught her to make scarves.  Erica founded Smileybaby Hats two years ago, and the company has since grown to include hats for children and adults. 10% of profits each year are donated to local Boston charities supporting children and families. You can see more of her work at smileybabyhats.com!

Eleanore Smith
Eleanore Smith, a life member of Hadassah, is a multi media artist who focuses primarily on creating colorful and varied monoprints.  She studied oil painting with George Dergalis at The Boston Museum School, as well as at the Massachusetts College of Art and The DeCordova Museum. Eleanore also does watercolor painting and paper cutting. Her work hangs in private collections throughout the Greater Boston area.

Diana Tatz
Diana Tatz is a ceramic artist living in Somerville, MA. She studied ceramic sculpture and painting at Bennington College, and has been doing this work as a passionate hobby most of her life. She is also an elementary school teacher and mom of two little girls.

Ava Vatsky
Tired of figuring out what's for dinner? Ava Vatsky Personal Chef makes dinnertime a breeze by providing delicious and nourishing homemade meals that are waiting for you at the end of your busy day.  Menus are completely customized to your family's tastes and special dietary needs (including gluten free and kosher).

Shelley Weinstein
Shelley Weinstein make whimsical and functional pottery. She has been doing silk screening on my work for about a year and love the results.  She has a small studio in my house and is a member of the Harvard Ceramics Program.

Stephanie Weitzman
Stephanie Weitzman, is Newton resident, and third generation lifetime member of Hadassah, and member of Temple Emanuel in Newton.  While not a professional chef, Stephanie has donated baked goods for Angier School in Newton and the recent jump-a-thon hosted by Hannah Gonzalez.  Stephanie co-chaired the Temple Emanuel Cookbook project.  Stephanie loves to bake for her family, including but not limited to lemon scones, homemade Oreos, hand decorated birthday cakes for her children and chocolate chip cookies.  Stephanie is the Senior Client Service Associate in the Mill Street Investment Management, a division of Ballentine Partners, LLC in Waltham, MA.

Louisa Wimberger, weehah!
I love to spend hours upon hours in my Newton Center studio, designing cards that are witty, winsome, flirty, quippy, elegant, classic. My specialties are pairing just the right words with certain images, playing with white (or not-so-white) space, and creating relationships between colors. My tools and techniques? Rich and vibrant cardstock, original wording, interesting inks, and excellent music in the background while I’m creating new designs. Many of my cards have a bit of hand-applied work (a stamp, sparkle, other embellishment). Some are simply words, and those are printed digitally. All cards pass through my hands in some way, even if it’s just to be put into in their clear (and recyclable!) sleeves. 

Ellen Wittlin, *(CuddLN)*
I am a lifetime member of Hadassah. I graduated from Connecticut College undergraduate and Simmons College School of Social Work for my Masters. I love crocheting as a past time. It is relaxing and enjoyable. My favorite thing is to make items for my children and see their excited faces as I get closer to finishing the item. I also enjoy making items for donation and as gifts. I have been crocheting for approximately six years. I am interested in learning other crafts as well.

Jennifer Yogel
Local Color Jewelry is a collection of handcrafted designs by Hanne Bernstein and Jennifer Yogel. Jennifer is a graduate of UMASS Dartmouth with a degree in graphic design and has studied silversmithing at the DeCordova Museum School. Jennifer's textural pieces strike a balance between the brilliant colors of semi-precious gems, pearls, gleaming silver and gold-filled wire.Jennifer is also the owner of Jewelry Design Parties an in-home creative birthday party for girls to gather in a comfortable setting and create their own wearable art. In the fall of 2010 Hanne and Jennifer were Juror’s Award Preview Exhibit Winners for the Newton Open Studios Juried Fall Show.

Carol Yunker,CALYCO
(585) 385-3910

Carol is a community volunteer in and native of Rochester, New York, who enjoys making handcrafted accessories. She is the mother of two grown daughters and wife of a newly retired dentist. She is also a literacy volunteer in the City School System, volunteer at the local art gallery, a member of several book groups and is involved in running a homeless shelter at her synagogue.

Jeff Zaref
I am a pediatrician in Framingham, MA and enjoy photography as a hobby. As a father of two young girls, I am in the habit of always having my camera with me ready to snap photos by chance.  My artistic side likes to capture fleeting moments -- finding beauty in light, the geometry of natural and man-made objects, and contrasting textures of urban and outdoor landscapes.

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