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Tuesday, March 23, 12 PM New York, 11 AM Chicago, 9 AM PT, 7 PM Jerusalem

Jewish Art Salon invites you to the next live session of our successful online series, OPEN STUDIOS, Creativity in an Uncertain Time.

Curated by Judith Joseph and Dorit Jordan Dotan, in this acclaimed online series we will be joined by artists Joanna Dion Brown, Richard Rutner, and Julia Rymer as they offer insight into their creative processes and share the impact of the current social order on the psychological and spiritual content of their work.

Please join Jewish Art Salon as these artists present their recent work and discuss how they have addressed the notion of Creativity in an Uncertain Time. This series will air live on Zoom, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12PM EST.

In addition to the curators, this program is produced with the support of Jewish Art Salon’s Program Advisor Yona Verwer and team members Cheselyn Amato and Chana Wiesenthal-Elias.

Zoom info will be sent to our email list on the day of the event.

Register for the link here.

About the artists

Joanna Dion Brown

Joanna Dion Brown grew up in a family of professional artists whose specialties ranged from painting and sculpture to graphic design and illustration. She learned to draw in her grandfather’s studio with his love, guidance, and amazing materials. Even after his death when she was five years old, Joanna continued to spend time in the studio that her grandmother, a sculptor, kept intact for many years and loved to share. She later attended and graduated from The Cooper Union with a BFA in Painting in 1991. Upon graduation Joanna worked as a graphic for twenty-five years. In the last ten years Joanna has been working her way back to her roots in the fine arts and now paints in oil, acrylic and pastel in an expressive style that shifts between figurative and abstract. She also paints on her iPad Pro, a great way to work at home when not in the studio making a mess. She has shown work in the Jewish Art Salon’s exhibit The Invisible Jew, the Mill Studios annual Open House, and every day on her Instagram account @joannadionbrown. Joanna lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three teenagers.

Richard Rutner

Richard Rutner Is a painter and printmaker currently living and working in Austin, Texas.

He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums in the US and Germany, including the Vorpal Gallery, N.Y., Gallery Varisella, Germany, Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, N.Y. and Artwork, Austin. Richard’s work has also been in numerous group shows including the East and West Austin Studio Tours, Guadalupe Arts Center (Austin), Contemporary Art Museum of Houston/ Members Gallery, and several National Drawing Association “Selected Works” touring exhibitions, He attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC and received my MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. Richard was a pioneer loft dweller in Brooklyn, NY and has worked as a painting instructor, freelance curator, visual arts consultant, and was Coordinator of Cultural Arts for the Town of Hempstead, NY for 30 years prior to moving to Austin.

Julia Rymer

Julia Rymer is a multi-media artist, art educator and entrepreneur living in Denver, Colorado. Through abstract paintings and fiber art, she evokes an emotional experience of the natural world, while investigating her relationship to time, history, nature’s cycles, and Jewish ritual practice. Her 20-year art career spans numerous solo and group exhibitions and inclusion in many corporate, museum and private collections throughout the United States. She holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, and a BFA in Painting from the University of Denver. Her work is currently represented by Serena & Lily, an interior design and lifestyle brand and has been featured in many publications and exhibition catalogs. Julia has an extensive background in art education and is the co-founder of Artboss, a company that provides education and coaching services to creative professionals looking to build their businesses. Her work can be viewed on her website: and on Instagram: @juliarymerbrucker

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