We are immensely grateful to the following artists for their generosity and professionalism.
(Artists are listed alphabetically)
|Dalya Abadi||Philippa Graff||Lana Meltzer|
|Anonymous||Claudia Gurwitz||Bevlee Michel|
|Karin Arbeter||Alexa Harli||Naama Nothmann|
|Nechama Baddiel||Loren Hodes||Janet Pollack|
|Lynda Ballen||Nicole Hoffmann||Shayna Rosendorff|
|Adena Benjamin||Davina Jackson||Dev Rothman|
|Rachel Berkowitz||Tali Kagan||Danielle Rovetti|
|Ilana Bernstein||Terry Kalinko||Temima Sackstein|
|Tamar Bloch||Deena Kalmonowitz||Robyn Sassen|
|Mandi Brest||Dina Kaplan||Judy Shear|
|Bev Butkow||Peta Kaplan||Wendy Shepherd|
|Dena Cohen||Babette Katz||Mandy Shindler|
|Desiree Cohen||Devorah Kirkel||Cathy Simon|
|Sue Fox Blumberg||Jennifer Kopping||Hannah Snaid|
|Hazel Frankel||Candice Kramer||Taryn Treisman|
|Hayley Gecelter||Sandi Kuper||Catherine Trope|
|Noa Gershuni||Philippa Levitt||Lia Tucker|
|Toni Goldstein||Kim Lieberman||Gina Waldman|
|Danit Gordon||Melisa Liebovitz||Shayne Wolowitz|
|Sandra Gordon||Lorraine Marcus||Megan Zetzer|
During her years of study towards a BA(FA) Karin experimented with various techniques and media, resulting in her love for Fibre Art. She has been a member of the Fibreworks Art group for many years, and her work has been exhibited and sold both locally and internationally
Lynda Ballen is a Johannesburg based fine artist. She also has extensive experience as a visual arts educator for over four decades. At the heart of her own practice is a great respect for the global traditions of craftsmanship, coupled with a desire to recognize raw material as precious by privileged processes such as papermaking. She also works with drawing, painting and printmaking to that end. Ballen has exhibited since the 1980s. She has works in major South African museum collections (Iziko South African National Gallery and the Pretoria Museum). She has a B.A. Fine Arts (University of Witwatersrand) and an M.A. Art Education (New York University).
Rachel Berkowitz is a 21 year old student at the Animation School in Johannesburg, currently studying 2D and 3D animation. Berkowitz creates artwork, mostly oil on canvas and occasionally acrylic and watercolour, both commissioned and from various sources of inspiration, including religious themes with a focus on Israel and a particular love of Jerusalem and spiritual leaders. Berkowitz’s work is characterised by realism, detail, and deep colour tones, and often has a joyful and entertaining quality to it.
Ilana Bernstein is a contemporary modern artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work has a noticeable modern abstract flair. Bernstein has been a creator all her life; she loves experimenting with different media, moulding and shaping, using whatever she has at her disposal. Bernstein has experimented with pottery, fashion and fashion accessories, arts and crafts, macramé, bauer malerei, precious metal jewellery design and manufacture, découpage, paint techniques, French polish, gilding, furniture restoration and refinishing, and paint techniquing. With no formal training, Bernstein began painting on canvas, creating her uniquely unusual acrylic, oil and mixed-media pieces, often best described as sculpture on canvas. Bernstein’s ultimate joy lies in self-expression, and the realisation of her client’s vision.
Tamar is a teacher at Torah Academy Nursery School and about to finish her masters in Jewish Education. She took her first ‘official’ art lesson at 5 years old and has been painting and drawing ever since!
Mandi Brest was born in SA in 1983. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and then delved into the world of Advertising. She opened her studio in 2011, and now teaches over 100 kids/adults per week. She has held art exhibitions for her students to participate in, raising awareness and funds for various charities.Mandi is an extremely diverse and unique artist as she does not focus on just one medium or one kind of style. “I enjoy the experience of getting lost in the process, going with the flow, letting go, being on a mission. Art should be beautiful, but beauty isn’t only pleasing to the eye, it should please the soul.”
Bev Butkow (b. Johannesburg 1967) started making art in her mid-40s and is now a full-time artist grounded in the seriousness of her responsibility as a maker, communicator and social actor. She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Wits University, Johannesburg on a scholarship from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She brings a diversity of perspectives, like corporate and artistic careers, community involvement, academia and roles as mother and wife. Butkow has exhibited at 1-54 London and Wits Art Museum. She is represented by Guns & Rain. She creates dimensional forms that simultaneously hold together and unravel.
Dena Cohen is a 22 year old student of Psychology and Media Studies at Witwatersrand University. Her art is inspired by her passion for her Jewish Lithuanian identity, as well as the powerful South African imagery and rich cultural diversities that inform her everyday world. Cohen is influenced by the creativity, passion and flame of the Jewish people, and their ability to thrive beyond their circumstances. It is these ideological discourses that shape Cohen’s work.
Desiree Cohen was born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), and her interest and subsequent love of art started while still at school. Cohen was drawn to modern/abstract work and her preference subsequently became abstract art. “I love and thrive on colour in my life and foremost in my art.” With no formal training, she joined the Janet Pollack Studio in Johannesburg where she has been working on her art for the last seven years. Cohen enjoys playing with colour, texture and collage either on canvas or wood. For her each painting is a totally absorbing adventure, evolving into something which is pleasing to the eye.
SUE FOX BLUMBERG
Sue Fox Blumberg (b. 1959) has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand and was a practising Architect and External Examiner at the Wits School of Architecture. Her work includes the design of schools, lodges, factories, shops and residences. In 2004, she designed the gates installed in Judges Chambers at the Constitutional Court. Since 2010, Fox Blumberg has exhibited extensively with The Association of Arts Pretoria, at The South African Print Gallery, with Carol Lee Fine Art, at the Turbine Art Fair Johannesburg, with Artist Proof Studio and The Blue Door Studio, with Print Makers, and at Art It Is, Cape Town. In 2012, Fox Blumberg was selected for the Sasol New Signatures Exhibition at Pretoria Art Museum and for the Thami Mnyele Fine ART Awards held at Ekurhuleni Municipality. She has been commissioned to create work to hang on the walls of companies in Braamfontein, Melrose and Melrose Arch.
Hazel Frankel is a research associate at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her mixed media works on canvas and paper reflect her interest in issues of migration and exile, longing and loss. She has held several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows. She has also published a book of poetry, ‘Drawing from Memory’, two novels, a collection of Holocaust memoirs and a monograph on the Yiddish poet David Fram.’
Hayley Gecelter was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied fashion design at Leggats and LISOF. She is a mostly self-taught in her preferred genre of abstract expressionism and intuitive painting. She is inspired by artists such as Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell. Gecelter paints with acrylics as well as incorporating various mixed media into her work.
Noa Gershuni is a 16 year old scholar and art student who sees beauty in everyday things. Gershuni regards her world through splashes of colour and loves working in the abstract. She creates visions that engage the viewer to focus not only on what the eye sees, but also what the heart feels.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Toni G gave art a break for a few years and finally at the age of 40 yrs old she started painting again. Her works have been sold both locally and overseas. Her style reflects her free spirit and ever changing and evolving nature. Her work includes pop, abstract and mixed media. She asks her viewer to get lost in her paintings; art is a window into the soul and people will find hidden parts of themselves in the paintings. Toni.G has two daughters who inspire her everyday to be a better artist and human being.
Danit Gordon was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1990. As a child she loved to create and design using all forms and mediums. She graduated from LISOF with a degree in Fashion Design and then went on to study makeup artistry. Although she is no longer involved in the fashion industry, she still loves to express herself through clothing, makeup and art. Watercolour painting has always been her chosen medium as it allows for freedom and movement yet still requires focus and precision. She’s constantly inspired by beauty in all forms and painting offers a place for her to meditate and reflect on the beauty in the world.
Sandra Gordon, originally from Holland, met her husband in Israel and became Jewish. Sandra has created murals since 1995 and is also an art teacher. She has written a book called Spiritual and Physical Weather. She has four children and takes guidance from her child and husband who have crossed over. She lives with gratitude; her motto is not Why me?, buy Why not me?
Philippa Graff has B.A. Fine Arts from Michaelis School of Art. She has taught extensively in formal educational institutions and in her private studio for many years. Graff has exhibited her own work regularly in Johannesburg, and her work is in many private collections. Philippa Graff is a committed oil painter, whose paintings are tactile in quality. Her works are characterized by their textured surfaces on which she applies expressive mark-making and painterly brushstrokes. Her keen sense of colour is evident throughout her work, which depict abstract images of nature. Her themes include urbanization and deforestation with an emphasis on global warming.
In 1996, after completing 2 years towards a BAFA at Michaelis, UCT, Claudia Gurwitz left to do her Yoga Teacher’s training and completed national certifications in various therapeutic disciplines. Gurwitz has run her own yoga centres in Cape Town and Riebeek Kasteel since 1997. In 2005 she returned to painting and a three-year mentorship under Julia Teale at Spencer Street Studio. Gurwitz subsequently embraced working as a professional artist. In 2008 Julia Teale curated and hosted Gurwitz’s first solo exhibition, ‘Plant’ and in 2010 she won the SASA (South African Society of Artists) Merit Award. Gurwitz had her second solo exhibition, ‘Rooted’, at the Irma Stern Museum 2012 and from 2016-2019 she participated alongside the other local Riebeek artists in the annual collaborative art event, Solo Studios. In 2021 Claudia had her third solo exhibition, ‘Interrupted’, at the Association for Visual Arts (The AVA Gallery). Claudia’s work features in collections such as Old Mutual, Spier Estate, University of Cape Town, Countess Antonia Labia Hardres-Williams, Hout Bay Manor and Nando’s UK.
Alexandra Chaya Harli was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1986. As a child she was inspired by her mother's drawing, painting and sewing and by her late grandmother's embroidery. She graduated from Wits University with a Masters degree in Architecture and loves to express herself through art and design in different mediums but primarily in pencil and embroidery. Harli aims to capture the sparks of Torah that illuminate her life and the world around us in her work. She uses these images of Torah and inspiration as a tool to elevate architecture on a spiritual level.
“Art is my passion and beloved vehicle of self-expression.” Loren Hodes trained in graphic design and has a BA Fine Art, Honours degree from WITS University. She qualified with distinction in 1990 and has been working professionally as an artist ever since. Hodes works in a variety of different media and her style changes as one body of work evolves into the next. She has written and illustrated four children’s books, published, and distributed internationally. Hodes has had four successful solo exhibitions and her work is part of private collections locally and internationally. “The highlight of my career was to have been one of 20 South African artists chosen to exhibit in the 2014 “We love Nelson Mandela” exhibition curated by Natalie Knight and Stephen Welz & Co which was exhibited in South Africa and travelled internationally.”
Nicole Hoffmann is a graphic designer based in Johannesburg where she currently works as a creative specialist, building brands in the beauty industry. She holds a BA Hons in Graphic Design from the University of Nottingham Trent and her interests include typography, the psychology of colour and visual information design. In her painting, Hoffmann focuses on portraiture and employs bold colour and dramatic light to tell stories that evoke deep emotion and meaning.
Davina Jackson is a figurative artist based in London where she currently works from a studio at Kingsgate workshops. She graduated with a masters from the Royal Academy Schools where she won the Gold Medal for painting. Her interests have remained in the theatrical and psychological use of space and a search for poetic simplicity. She continues to develop themes of human relationships and emotional states, finding and articulating the essence of an intimate moment or experience through the simplification of forms, mark-making and painterly gestures. She has always been inspired by poetry, mythological and theatrical subjects, storytelling and exploring the inner world of the child. Her recent solo show at The Pontone Gallery in London was an exhibition of works exploring the fate of humanity through different interpretations of allegorical Greek Myths.
Tali Kagan is a passionate educator who works in Torah education. She studied at Michlelet Hertzog and also has a Life Coaching Diploma. In her adult years she has found a true love of the Arts in which she enjoys expressing herself with oils and watercolour. She loves Musical Theatre and Dance. With Mandy Brest’s guidance and incredible influence, Tali has painted abstract pieces and in doing so has grown tremendously in every aspect, be it improving her skills, as well as her own self-fulfillment.
TERRY ANN KALINKO
Terry Ann Kalinko is an established South African artist. She is an “Arts imitates life” artist and loves to paint. Her work is reminiscent of the French Impressionists with her evocative use of light and colour. She has held numerous solo art exhibitions, and her paintings hang in corporate and private art collections both locally and abroad. She embraces all genres et alia Jacarandas, seascapes & religious. In recent years she has been fully involved in portrait and general commissions. Initially a watercolourist she now paints oil on canvas. Kalinko is also an author and has recently written, illustrated and published her debut children’s picture book ‘Berry Merry Catfish’ an art imitates life story. She has six children and a galaxy of grandchildren, who light up her world.
For Deena Kalmonowitz, Judaism has always been an abiding passion, and the impetus for her motivation. Her positive associations with tradition and the warmth of Torah are where she draws her inspiration. Kalmonowitz aims to deliver purposeful compositions and an intentional aesthetic through her art. She believes that a Jewish home should have Jewish art as a way to pass on values to the next generation in a meaningful and profound way.
Dina Kaplan has been creating and painting under the guidance of her artistic grandmother since a very young age. After her time spent in Israel she completed an honors degree in Fine Art at Wits University. She graduated with distinction and a number of art prizes in 2009. Since then she has held two solo exhibitions and has taught art privately. Through her semi abstract and sometimes monochrome work she aims to convey a Judaic and sublime spirituality. She is presently focused on nurturing her family but does find some time to dip into her pallet occasionally.
Peta Kaplan trained in Graphic Design in the 1980s at the Johannesburg Technical College, at a time when the industry depended on strong drawing and conceptual skills. She worked in below-the-line advertising for many years, where she was responsible for the design of logos, packaging and corporate identity. She branched out as a freelancer in the early 2000s and has been upskilling herself in terms of illustration, digital and website design, over the last two decades. Having illustrated several children’s books, she currently also hosts her own Etsy outlet, where she sells her own digital illustrations and portraits.
Having always been keen on photography and light, Babette Katz developed a need to transfer her photographic skills onto canvas. Her work in the field of disability and training adults has made her sensitive to her surroundings and the people within them. The sources for Katz’s paintings are her own photographs. Her paintings therefore express the emotions she felt at the moment of capturing the image on film. She favours drawing with ink, and most of her drawings are figures and forms from life. Currently Katz is studying the art of printmaking with Collin Cole at The Blue Door Print Studio. Katz’s teachers include Miriam Stern, Walter Voigt, Cyril Coetzee, Ricci Burnett and Reshada Crouse, Lynda Ballen and Collin Cole. She has exhibited at Bamboo Gallery, Rotary Hyde park, GIBS, Art it is, FAP and The Blue door print studio. Katz has a BA in Speech and Hearing Therapy and has studied Landscape Design at the Lifestyle College.
Devorah Kirkel is a South African artist and entrepreneur. She attended Beth Jacobs High School and later studied a Bachelors of Arts Degree majoring in Art History and Psychology through UNISA. Over the years she has worked in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, water colours, pencil, charcoal and pastels. She takes inspiration from the world around her - be it through travel experiences both local and abroad, Jewish culture and tradition and images seen through the media and social media. Although she has sold various pieces in the past ten years, she prefers to keep her art as a hobby and has not pursued it as a career choice and therefore works mostly on a commission basis.
Jennifer Kopping is a Johannesburg based full time artist pursuing her passion for art making after a long career in academia and community projects in the arts and design world. She is currently studying for a PhD in Practice led Research in Fine Art at UNISA. Jennifer is a storyteller who uses a visual language that is punctuated by symbolic and cultural juxtapositions which span and conflate both time and place. Her love of a variety of media is evident in the rich, multi-layered and dense surfaces of her work. Which can be found in various private and corporate collections such as Telkom, UNISA, Sasol, Absa, MTN and Liberty Life. She is a past recipient and winner of the Sasol New Signatures Award (1992) and has also been placed twice in the top fifteen at the Ekurhuleni Art Awards. She has recently exhibited at the Dr Bernard Heller Museum at the Hebrew Union College New York and at the Unisa Gallery, Pretoria.
Born 1974 in Johannesburg, Candice Kramer holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her first solo shows were held at Obert Contemporary and NIROX projects respectively, and her work has been acquired by both private and corporate collections including Spier, Nandos, RMB and First Rand and South African workers museum. Kramer was selected to be on the emerging painters show at T.A.F 2017 curated by Jessica Webster and was the winner of the Multi & New Media Category Award of the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 2018 as well as a recipient of Lizamore and Associates Mentorship award for 2019. In 2020 she held her third solo exhibition with Kalashnikovv gallery. Candice Kramer’s body of work references people, historic family photos and antiquated maps within the Johannesburg inner city setting. She is intrigued by the transience of being while the buildings and cityscape last forever. Kramer looks to bring life and dynamism to the materials that have constructed her hometown, using these mediums to question her place, space and belonging. Kramer’s practice invokes a sense of nostalgia that highlights the passage of time.
Sandi Kuper is a Medical Doctor and Artist who draws on her medical knowledge to create art that bridges the gap between science and aesthetics. She works in a range of mediums but has a special interest in printmaking. Her work consists of many layers namely cerebral, creative and physical, creating a tapestry of intent and profound meaning. She exhibits great vulnerability in her work and the complex layering of her mediums. Kuper’s work portrays her deepest emotional and spiritual questions and her personal odyssey as she traverses the complex meaning of life. She exhibits a deep sensitivity to the subject matter of her work as she searches for purpose.
Philippa Levitt is an artist living and working in Johannesburg. She is a qualified lawyer and mediator as well as an Integrative Coach, having trained with the late New York Times bestselling author Debbie Ford in San Diego. She has also co-authored a book and for the past few years she has been engaged in Corporate Trainings on topics such as Diversity and Inclusivity as well as Sexual Harassment and GBV/F in the workplace. Art and artmaking have been a central theme through her entire life and she has had solo exhibitions in Johannesburg and Sydney. She has participated in several group exhibitions and has artworks in collections worldwide.
Kim Lieberman lives and works in Johannesburg. Her career has spanned since her first solo exhibition in 1996, since then she has shown both nationally and internationally - including New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Italy, Ireland, Lagos. She works in different mediums with the concept of wild integrity, or radical ethics being at the forefront of her concerns. Interfacing with the South African Constitutional Court over years she has work in their collection, but most importantly from this interface she has had a close up look at the radical integrity that was part of the Court's beginnings. presently she is working on an exhibition that has a focus on Justice Yvonne Mokgoro.
“Acrylic paint, pewter or digital, my art is me. It is my breath, it is what I think, it is how I feel…” Born into a South African family of artists, Melisa Liebovitz’s creative flow has been etched and brushed and has assumed its own identity. A blank canvas allows the artist’s heart and hand to passionately create her emotions and none more powerfully than through the medium of acrylic paint and various styles of impasto expressionism. Liebovitz’s experiences in graphic and creative design, infused with a hunger for capturing her imagination, produces art that reflects her most sincere thoughts and efforts into perfecting a piece that has a connection, feeling and emotion.
Lorraine Marcus is an established South African Fine Artist who has been producing work prolifically for over 30 years. Her work is expressionist in style and her abstract, figurative practice is pure and refined. Marcus is known for her emotionally deep, yet whimsical artworks that express her vivid interpretation of the world as she experiences it - with poignant acknowledgement of sadness through humour and absurdity - brought together in a catalogue of multi- textured artworks that both stimulate and prompt discussion. Marcu’s work embodies a commitment to delivering art that is true to her stories, experiences and world-view.
Lana Meltzer has always had a passion for anything creative. She began her professional career in fashion as a buyer and then - in between married life and raising her 5 children - ventured into interior design. She initiated a community service offering décor for special occasions, started painting ceramics and mixed media canvases, and also teaches Torah classes. Her artworks are mostly influenced by her passion for Torah and the magnificent world we are surrounded by.
Bevlee Michel grew up in Bethal, a small country town in Mpumalanga, and she has been drawing and painting her entire life. She graduated from the university of the Witwatersrand with a BA Fine Arts degree and honors in Painting. Michel ran her own Art school for 33 years teaching both adults and children. In 2019 Michel closed her art school to practice as a full time artist, devoting all her time to drawing and painting. She is inspired by the concept of palimpsest in which something that has been reworked continues to bear the visible traces of its earlier form, allowing work to manifest in varied and unpredictable forms. Michel has exhibited widely in many group and solo exhibitions.
Naama Nothmann was born in Jerusalem to the renowned Hassidic writer and educator, Eliyahu Kitov. She studied in New York at the School of Visual Arts and at the Delehenty Architecture Institute; later returning to Israel where she became a well-known graphic designer, producing commissioned graphic works for various Israeli institutions and companies. She later established herself and her family in South Africa, where she had the opportunity to develop her fine-art skills, her true love. Her works reflect the wellspring of her broadly based talent, her mastery of colour composition and innovative use of varying mediums. Her favorite medium was a combination of collage and water-color, creating exquisite textures and dimensions - a technique that was completely her own, and which still remains the hallmark of her work. She has had work commissioned for renowned figures such as President Nelson Mandela, President Ronald Raegan, Queen Elizabeth and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. With work housed in galleries as prestigious as the Guggenheim and the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Naama Nothmann was well-known on the international gallery circuit. During the height of her career, she mounted over 40 solo exhibitions around the world ranging as far as Japan, Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel, England and the United States.
Janet Pollack is a Johannesburg based art teacher and artist. She studied under Berenice Michelow, Nina Campbell Quine, Lionel Abrams and Eileen Rogoff, and went on to obtain a BA Fine Arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has participated in various art exhibitions and galleries. She works mainly with oils and has a great interest in pencil drawings. Janet Pollack is a dedicated and talented art teacher and finds working with students deeply rewarding. For 30 years she has passionately given her time to the children at CHOC (childhood cancer) in WARD 294, as well as hosting an annual studio exhibition to raise funds for this worthy cause.
Shayna Rosendorff is a Johannesburg based artist and art commentator. She graduated in 2020 with a BA Fine Art (Hons) winning the Anya Millman Scholarship for her work at Wits University. Working in photography, sculpture, and drawing, her conceptual focus is the mined landscape, and the politics of the representation of land and landscape in South Africa. She has participated in various group exhibitions, runs an art commentary platform called Overheard in the Gallery, and in 2021 she was one of the winners of the BMW x WITS Art Project. Her work is in the collections of The Workers Museum in Newtown, The MTN Art Collection, and The BMW Art Collection.
Devorah Rothman began her journey making art from a very young age. She has completed courses in art and art therapy at schools in New York and South Africa. Rothman currently studies psychology with the intention of becoming an art therapist, is an art teacher, and also provides voluntary art therapy for patients in step down facilities. Her work predominantly contains themes of mental health awareness, womanhood and emotions. Through her art she hopes to invite the viewer to create meaning from the abstraction and contemplate the issues which are represented in her work.
Working across media to include concrete, oils, raw canvas and resin, Danielle Rovetti's pieces often blur the borders between painting and sculpture. Rovetti investigates our multi-layered reality through textural expression that invites the viewer to experience the work viscerally, and pursue the ever-present allure of going deeper, going below, going within. After spending 20 years as a graphic designer and creative director in the corporate branding space Rovetti began focussing on her visual art. Today her work is on display in private and corporate collections across the globe. Danielle currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa, and continues to be fascinated by the complexity and nuance of life: "Life is not straightforward and flat, and neither is my work. People have layers, and so do my pieces. Things are not always what they seem on the surface. One should always look deeper and not just accept the initial perception at face value."
Temima Sackstein is a Dietician by profession. She has been using art as a form of relaxation and expression of creativity since she was a small child. Temima has a particular interest in painting Jewish themes and scenes of nature.
Robyn Sassen was for many years the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report. She holds degrees in Printmaking and Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of South Africa and hosted her first solo exhibition in 1998 at the then Civic Theatre Gallery in Johannesburg. Robyn is a freelance academic, who has taught art history and art writing at several South African universities, including the University of Pretoria, Rhodes University, the University of Johannesburg and Unisa. She is known nationally as a critical arts writer, through her website www.robynsassenmyview.com, which she established in 2014.
Judy Shear is an artist and art teacher. She was born and educated in Johannesburg, obtaining her BA Fine Arts, Higher Diploma in Education and Higher Diploma in Fine Arts at Wits University. She worked at George Boys’ Art Studio and at the Johannesburg Art Foundation under Bill Ainslee. She has had extensive teaching experience in private studios as well as public and private schools. She has participated in many group exhibitions throughout the years and has work in private collections.
Wendy Shepherd grew up in Springs and moved to Bracken after getting married. When her two sons left home for university they encouraged her to start art lessons which began a new chapter in her life. Shepherd studied for ten years with Eileen Rogoff and has been studying with Janet Pollack for the last twenty years.
Mandy Shindler is a recently qualified architect and fibre artist based in Johannesburg. She is a former student at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. Her final project, entitled Labour of Love: a Birthing Centre for the 21st Century was awarded a distinction and was widely considered one of the most innovative and ground-breaking projects of its year. Her complete Masters portfolio work was done in Fibre. In March 2020 Shindler was invited to the Spitzer School of Architecture in New York to exhibit and speak about her work. Shindler’s work is experimental as she breaks the boundaries of textile wall art. She uses many mediums including but not limited to hand dyeing, screen printing and paint dyeing.
Cathy Simon was born in 1976 in Johannesburg. She received her Fine Arts degree at UCT in 1997. Simon has participated in several group exhibitions since 2014, and has also exhibited a solo show at the AVA gallery in Cape Town in 2017. Simon’s works deal with a mix of genres. She uses nails and ribbon overlaid enlarged photostats of precious personal historic photos.
Hannah Snaid is currently in her second year of a BA in Digital Design at Vega. She has always had a love for creativity and expressing herself through art. Snaid hopes to one day share her creations with the world. She is a student at the Mandi Brest Art Studio where she explores her talent and passion for art.
Taryn Treisman (b. 1984) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Treisman is passionate about art and has embraced the digital era, often combining traditional art with digital art. She has collaborated with various artists and has worked with schools and institutions, conducting creative art workshops and raising funds for charity. Her artwork can be found in various art galleries in South Africa and Europe. She is currently represented by the Museum and Art Gallery Gilardi in Italy and other South African galleries.Treisman enjoys experimenting with different materials and textures and styles.
Catherine Trope is an art therapist by training and attended Brandeis University and New York University. Throughout her professional path, Trope has consistently endeavoured to cultivate her artistic and creative impulses. Printmaking and painting are her preferred media. Catherine has printed and exhibited at Artist’s Proof Studio and at The Blue Door Studio, and has participated in a number of group exhibitions at various other galleries. Catherine’s artistic interests reside in the conjunction of art, philosophy, and social commentary. Her work is built on the premise of art as a vehicle for reflection, introspection, and catharsis capable of affording the individual a better understanding of himself/herself through insights into agency and subjectivity and the conceptual foundation of values, norms, and conventions. Her artwork reflects the eclectic range of her interests and provides a deliberate amalgam of diverse cultural, ideological, and aesthetic elements that seek to capture and disclose the arbitrariness of what we hold to be true and real.
Lia Feld-Tucker was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where she studied architecture and urban planning at Mackenzie University. She learned live-model drawing under Jewish artist Jacqueline Aronis and limestone sculpting at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture - MuBe. Feld-Tucker spent a year on a MASA art programme in Israel, where she was exposed to working with artists specialising in various media. She spent a month at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Lia has lived in South Africa since 2010 with her husband, Daniel and her greatest creations, Meir, Moriah and Yarden.
Gina Waldman is a fine artist from Johannesburg. Since completing her Masters in Fine Arts MA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2003, Waldman has developed her own unique style, which as distinct as it is, is also constantly evolving. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and draws inspiration from the vast materials she uses and the large scale she works in. The themes in her work are myriad and complex, but recurring motifs include kitsch, excess, women’s work, decorating, collecting and consumerism. Her more recent work has more of a storytelling narrative based on actual events, people, places and spaces
Shayne Wolovitz is a qualified Industrial Psychologist who has a passion for Art and Creative activities. Shayne enjoys refurbishing furniture, interior design and decorating, and finding interesting furniture to sell. She’s recently discovered a passion for oil painting and loves producing Jewish themed abstracts. In her spare time she’s volunteered as a court support counsellor at the Chev’s women’s support program and is currently training to become a marriage preparation counsellor.