The J’s art gallery, or Omanut (“art” in Hebrew), is a place for established and emerging artists to showcase their work. The gallery is dedicated to art that offers new perspectives on the rich history and values of the J and the Jewish community.
Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, November 11, at 7 pm. Learn more about the artists at the first exhibit below.
Love something you see? The art is for sale, and 10% of the proceeds go toward the J’s Early Childhood School and camp scholarship fund.
The space is curated by artists Lora Martini and Matt Lome, along with SJCC Senior Director of Community Engagement Dana Weiner. Contact Dana with questions via email or at 260-829-2593.
Matt Lome is an illustrative artist. His work reflects his love for storytelling. He fancies himself to be a ‘folk’ painter, employing a ‘cartoonistic’ approach to figure drawing. He works in several mediums including oils, pastels, and watercolor. Matt serves on the Mercer Island City Arts Council and teaches art and music to children of all ages.
Lora L. Martini
In my paintings, I focus on light reflection and textures, blending color with subjective atmosphere. I like maximizing the light diffusion and reflection. The end result is a painting that delivers my own emotional experience drawn from nature and daily life. I aspire to invite you, the viewer on a journey that evokes an emotion that connects us to one another on a very fundamental human level.
I enjoy not only the painting process and the end result, but also the chemistry that goes into making the paints, in the studio. You can practically see the color pigments suspended in the painting medium, which allows me to convey the ethereal atmospheric qualities. The paintings are all one of a kind and the surfaces are custom constructed by my husband, made of high-grade birch wood.
I paint using an ancient painting medium called encaustic, which is essentially is a mixture of pure beeswax, Indonesian tree sap crystals (Dammar), and natural color pigments that I combine and melt to a liquid state to create the unique colors you see.
I hope you enjoy my painting as much as I enjoy painting them.
Art has always been part of my life. As a teacher, I have been using it as a study tool. In 1987 I went back to school. I studied fine arts at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Bellevue Community College, and a variety of workshops and classes given by established artists. I am still continuing the endless journey of study.
Today I focus mainly on oil on canvas and on 3-D sculptures. My favorite subjects are nature, abstract painting, and figurative sculpting. I teach art at Cascadia University Community College and in the Lake Washington District schools.