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The art show and sale will be held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland

The ORA artist collective will host its annual Celebration of Art event Nov. 2 and 3, offering art on display and for sale from award-winning and celebrated local artists.

The art show and sale will be held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland. Admission is free; hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

ORA is a group of artists in the greater Portland area who come together to support, share, inspire, enjoy and showcase art.

ORA means "light" in Hebrew: luminosity, warmth, perspective, liveliness, brightness. Through this collective ORA members create exhibition opportunities and support one another's artistic development.COURTESY PHOTOS - Wendelin Russell's 'Sandscape.'

With more than 25 local artists, chosen through competitive jury selection and displaying a range of media including painting, silk, ceramics, fused glass, fiber, wood and precious metals, this show is especially impressive in its depth, variety and quality.

Although these artists connect through their Jewish values and background, the art created is not faith-specific but rather universal in nature.

The exhibit includes two Lake Oswego artists, painter Jane Means and photographer and painter Wendelin Russell.

Means was drawn to painting as a child but didn't take it up professionally until she was nearing retirement. After finishing careers as a high school English and science teacher and as a divorce mediator she started taking art workshops.

"I'm inspired by my imagination, color and movement," she said. "I am interested in shapes and love painting abstracts." She continues expanding her skills by participating in a Saturday painting group which hires instructors to work with them on a monthly basis.

Russell also began her artistic expression as a child and started painting in college. Jane Mean's 'Ocean Motion.'

She said 25 years ago she had a "spiritual awakening" and her painting took on a new purpose. She creates handpainted scarves, soul paintings and ethereal nature photography.

"Based on my lifelong study and development of intuition — and more than three decades of practice accessing higher states of consciousness through meditation — it has allowed me to be a clear channel for sacred symbols that express in golden glyphs on canvas and fabric," she writes on her webpage wendelinrussell.com. "Every piece I create is imbued with unique symbols inscribed in gold."

Other artists participating include: Linda Bourne, Glenn Decherd, Martha Decherd, Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, Victoria Epstein, Diane Fredgant, Tom Gainer, Ellen Green, Judith Hankin, Arlene Hirsch, Morris Jackson, David Kolasky, Esther Liberman, Jack Liskear, Stuart Luxenberg, Andrea Meyer, Diane Russell, Joyce Shields, Eddy Shuldman, Sara Simon-Behrens, Annelie Thurin, Boris Uan-Zo-Li, Julia Waco and Diane Zidell.

The event is free and open to all and includes complimentary beer and wine and light snacks on Saturday. The cafe will be open for purchases on Sunday. Parking is free both days.

Celebration of Art provides a relaxed, inviting atmosphere.

To learn more visit this website .


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