Artists

We are excited to have the following artists and craftspeople participating in the 2017 Jewish Food and Cultural Festival


Ranaga Farbiarz

The World's Largest Tuned Musical Windchime by Ranaga Farbiarz, Eureka Springs, AR, 2004.

The World's Largest Tuned Musical Windchime by Ranaga Farbiarz, Eureka Springs, AR, 2004.

I am a Master Chime Artist, specializing in Tuned Musical Windchimes and Sound Art Installations and Bead Trader, specializing in Venetian Glass, African Trade Beads and Chevrons...this is what I do...I've been in the bead trade since 1968 and have been making tuned wind chimes since 1978...Currently I've created a Sound Music Park for the city of Eureka Springs, a deconstruction of a John Cage piece for the Walker Art Center, Mpls. Mn as well as selling my other work at the Arizona (Feb.-March) and Minnesota (Aug.-Sept.) Renaissance Festivals.

 

 


Got Mountain Life

The mountains are calling, and our mission here is to celebrate the life, history, culture, and artisans of mountain life. Taking it from generation to generation, it is our way of telling the story of life in the mountains. To sharing not just the present, but to tell the story of the past and to show the heritage passed down from generation to generation. Hopefully helping to carry it forward, to tell you the story of mountain life, the people, the culture, and the artisans that mold their wares and crafts from time honored traditions and skills. And to bring to you, those stories, crafts, history and culture.  Visit https://gotmountainlife.com/ for more information.


Sara (Cohen) Howell

More information to follow.


Elaine Luber

After seeing pottery at someone's home that they had made, I knew that pottery was something I had to try. I took a class at the Arkansas Arts Center in 1979, and I was hooked.

I am still actively involved as a potter at the Arts Center, as well as my home studio. I have also attended many nationally recognized workshops and exhibited at various local galleries and craft shows. I love to make things that I, and others, can use and enjoy. I work mostly on a potter's wheel, and can do high fire stoneware, low fire terra cotta, and decorative Raku pieces.

My work can be seen at Gallery 26 in Hillcrest, the Arkansas Arts Center Holiday Sale, and the Arkansas Rep. For more information, please contact me at 501-221-5898.


Goldie and Moshe Monzon

Moshe Monzon is a 6th generation Israeli who creates handmade wall tapestries, micro calligraphies, lithographs and a variety of Jewish-themed craft items such as ketubot and hand-painted wooden mezzuzot and tzedakah boxes. Goldie Monzon designs and makes jewelry.

 

Moshe Monzon’s tapestries are handmade with synthetic fibers produced in Israel. The tapestries employ modern abstract techniques to depict stately Mediterranean landscapes as well as Jewish themes.  Employing an exclusive collage/tissage technique, the artist places individual strips of felt atop one another, by hand, processing the tapestry with a special loom. This combination of artistic creativity, skilled craftsmanship and advanced technology results in a colorful, one of a kind, signed artistic masterpiece. The unique tapestries of Moshe Monzon reflect the stately elegance of the Mediterranean landscape and the contemporary sophistication of modern abstract art.


Tina Oppenheimer

I am so very fortunate to get to live in the woods on a mountaintop in my little one room palace, I guess you could call Ozark Cards a "palace industry.”

I’ve been drawing and making things all my life. Originally I made our own Holiday cards. Then I started making cards to sell, it was a very gradual evolution to where I am now, one little thing at a time.

My cards are unique in that they are a combination of printed and handmade. They are all my original designs and a few are reproductions of etchings. I print them myself, cut them and glitter them each by hand. A week or two later when the glitter is cured, I fold them.

I love weeks on end at home, plying my crafts and tending to my environment on my own schedule. I also love the trips to town to be around people, my kids and grandkids, visit my outlets, take in some music, stock up on supplies, etc. I’ve had the policy of only having card outlets where I have grandchildren, though recently I’ve been able to start working with a couple stores outside the area that aren’t requiring my visits, which is indescribably helpful. I love meeting people that know my cards, it makes me feel like a bit of a rock star. I love the fact that I’ve been able to make this work with no business training. At the University of Life I majored in Living in the Woods.

A craftsperson at heart, my favorite art medium is Free Form Crochet Sculpture. I make crocheted wearable art & rugs, custom baby name blankets, hats, bags, etc. I have been crocheting since I was ten and given some workshops. I built my house by myself and make grapevine baskets, outdoor sculptures with nature’s free form supplies, and love to garden and landscape!


Plarn by Rebecca

So, what is plarn? It's "plastic yarn" made from regular grocery bags. I met plarn in 2012, a few months after I converted to Judaism. The religious school students in my hometown shul, Temple Sinai in Lake Charles, LA, made plarn for their mitzvah project. At the time, I hadn't crocheted anything in years, but when I discovered this free, durable crochet material, I dusted off my crochet hook. I found that plarn is very versatile and can be crocheted into a variety of items: tote bags, cell phone holders, coin purses, storage bins, and more.

In 2013, I moved to Little Rock, and I brought my plarn with me. Since I crochet because I enjoy it, and since I pay nothing for the material, whenever I sell any plarn products, I donate the money to a good cause. My profits from the Jewish Food Festival are usually split between a group that helps people and one helps animals. I consider this the mitzvah of tikkun olam (repairing the world), and I'm happy to think that I'm making a positive difference in the world, just out of grocery bags!

If you'd like to see my work, or see who the money goes to, please visit my Facebook page, Plarn by Rebecca.


Sheri Simon

Sheri Simon has been painting about 25 years.  Her mediums are watercolor and acrylic but don’t be surprised to find mixed media as well.  Oftentimes she will calligraphy and superimpose prayers or meaningful sayings on to her paintings.  Her inspiration is her original photography and she is always in search of new subjects and projects.  Some of her favorite creations are from trips, particularly Israel and most recently underwater scenes from Cozumel.  She has done several commission works such as a painted chuppah cover for a wedding, a Little Rock collage for the UALR Athletic Director and a whimsical menorah.  She is very proud of her painting “All Around Frisco” a watercolor collage that was awarded the Arkansas League of Artists award in the Mid-Southern Watercolor show.  

At festivals, Sheri will add English and/or Hebrew names to original watercolors, perfect for gift-giving to those special folks in your lives. Come visit her booth and have a personalized card done onsite while you wait! Recently she has branched into handmade cards.  She has a wide selection of hand painted cards plus a whole new series of paper collage cards for all occasions with lots of layers and textures.  Come shop for that special birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, new baby, wedding or just fun cards.  She has a large selection of Jewish cards and secular cards!  And don’t be surprised if you find a few pieces of jewelry and knitted/crocheted scarves at her booth as well!


Susan Strauss

It's been ten years since I started stringing beads again. I loved beads since I was little and would go over to Sallye Phillips' house and watch her make necklaces fo M.M. Cohn. The bead trend came back and I jumped in.

Over the years, I took my love of making Raku clay and applied it to jewelry making through Precious Metal Clay. This is recycled fine sterling silver in clay form. It works like clay and then when fired, everything that is not clay burns out at the high firing temperature.

More recently, I have begun making things this way in bronze, too. I am learning still to solder and make things in metal through classes at the Arts Center- it is much harder than it looks! The gemstone beads that I currently use are mostly gem quality, faceted stones that make the piece special.

I am lucky to be able to sell my earrings and necklaces on an ongoing basis at The Box Turtle on Kavanaugh.