Our art gallery is in the Jon Young hall at the synagogue. Each month we feature a different member’s art across a range of ages and genres.
We occasionally have a guest artist, all sales in our gallery provide the synagogue with commission.
We welcome back local glass artist, Eva Edery to exhibit in March/April.
Eva launched Crescendo Art focusing on glass creations in 2012. She is a self-taught artist and she applies her experienced with oils, acrylics and mosaics into her glass pieces. Her vision is to become a key driver for innovation in the glass art field.
Her creations include three dimensional pieces and show her exploration of innovative techniques combining painting and glass fusing.
Her themes are inspired by her Mediterranean background and focus on nature, the cycle of life and biblical themes. She is well renowned for her "Tree of Life" collection. She has an extensive collection of Wall Art and functional glass art and Judaica, including creations with Chuppah Glass.
Eva exhibits on a regular basis and welcomes commissions. She also runs glass workshops.
She is a member of the Contemporary Glass Society.
February's artist is Sam Kaye.
Sam grew up in a photographic family, with his mother and grandfather both being professional photographers. All the stunning pictures on display were taken when he was just 12 and were part of his qualification panel for the Royal Photographic Society for which he passed his Licentiateship.
He’s now studying for A levels and hoping to study Geography at University next year. This summer he has a trip planned where he is hoping to add to his photographic portfolio.
Our artist for December/January is Su Kaye, she writes about herself and her exhibition of iPhoneography.
iPhoneography is the act of creating photos with an iPhone, where the images have been both shot and processed on the iOS device.
After originally training and working as a primary school teacher I have worked as a photographer for the last 20 years. I was very fortunate to start my photographic career with my father, Paul Kaye, at his Central London studio where I learned the craft of photography and the fine skills required for timeless classical portraiture.
Within 3 years of being in the industry I had achieved my Fellowship with the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Master Photographers Association and had become a member of the elite Kodak Gold Circle.
In 2001, I opened my own studio in Radlett and have welcomed families from around the world, many of whom I now see on a regular basis. It has been a real privilege to watch many families grow and to regularly record these changes.
I have sat on many judging panels around the world. I am now teaching both in the UK and abroad and include a variety of topics such as photography, learning to use your camera and most recently iPhone photography.
The collection of images here are all taken on and then edited on an iPhone. I wanted to show the variety of styles that can be created using different camera Apps and different editing and finishing Apps. Many of the traditional styles of photography can now be achieved with a little creativity and an iPhone. More about my work can be found at www.sukaye.com.
Our featured artist for November is the work of the late John Weber z”l (1932-2010)
John z”l and his wife Brenda were one of the sixteen founding families of the then Bushey and District Reform Community in 1971, which moved to Radlett in 1982. John was a professional photographer and a talented self-taught painter. His works are in the possession of several synagogue members. We are grateful to Brenda for loaning us some of his paintings for this exhibition.
Our artist for September/October is local Judaic artist Carole Smollan
Carole was born and brought up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She can not remember a time when textiles were not part of her life. Her relationship with the touch, smell and colour of the cloth began as a young child picking the pieces off the floor of her tailor grandfather’s cutting room. In her twenties she was the head designer of a large South African lingerie company before taking up ceramics. On arrival in England, without a kiln, she returned to fabrics and has specialised in Judaic Art, including Chuppot and miniature torah mantles.
Our artist for August was David Slapper z”l who sadly passed away shortly after this exhibition.
David started painting at the age of 8 years, and took it up again in the last two years due to a terminal illness, which helps him to express his feelings.
Many of his paintings are displayed in the Dialysis ward at the Watford hospital to help the patients there. It gave him great pleasure to know that his work was being exhibited at Radlett Reform.
Our artist for June is John Goodman
John has been a passionate photographer since first venturing into his Dad’s darkroom at the age of 10. He has combined a career in the law with weekends taking Wedding and Bar/Bat Mitzvah photos but now prefers picking up a camera for the sheer enjoyment of capturing the flux of life.
Still photography has an extraordinary ability to show us the poignancy, beauty and fun of life. There is little more rewarding than being in the wilderness with a camera and a tripod, or wandering through a city, camera in hand, to the constant delight of his ever patient wife!
Our artist for May is Richard Burn LRPS
I am a Solicitor by profession (now working part-time) but photography is my ‘out of hours’ passion. It began in the 1970’s when I was a law student in Leeds. I still have the camera that my parents bought me for my 21st birthday, an Olympus 35 ECR rangefinder-style camera with a split focus screen and electronic metering. It was advanced for its time and still works, although batteries are hard to come by!
Today I enjoy most photographic genres, including landscapes and wildlife, but for this exhibition I have chosen to display some of my ‘street photography’ work, nearly all of which has been shot on a rangefinder-style, Fuji mirrorless camera and converted to monochrome, which is something that street photography traditionally lends itself to.
There’s currently a lot of debate in photographic circles about what street photography’s supposed to be about, but for me it’s the opportunity:
- to record life ‘on the street’ today which future generations can look back on;
- to capture that decisive moment of interplay between people; and
- to capture the light and shadows on our streets and, in so doing, to put a little artistic interpretation of my own into the street scene in front of me.
Our artist for February is Julia Holt
My work focuses on the physicality of mark making, the play of light on objects, and the beauty of the natural world and the way that we, as human beings, effect it.
I begin by reading philosophy and drawing from nature, en plain air. The paintings go through a process using different media and are often multilayered. I use oil paint, acrylic, pastels, pen, pigment and collage and work both on canvas and paper but have a special relationship with the absorption and playfulness that paper
allows, creating an uncertainty in my work which feels lively and energised.
I am very interested in the destructive and paradoxically constructive nature of human beings and how our actions can create and destroy. In particular how we affect the natural world, sometimes leaving behind a trail of irreversible damage and altered landscapes.
Although the destructive nature of human beings is a creative force that I feel a need to manifest in my paintings, I am more intent on expressing the awesome magnitude of the beautiful world in which we live.
Our artist for January is Rachel Rogers
I have always enjoyed art, drawing and painting from a young age. I studied art at school, completing my A level in 2008. After school, art continued to be a hobby – I attended and then ran Art Soc at the University of Birmingham, which held life drawing classes and gallery visits. I now work in events fundraising on the Memory Walk Team at the Alzheimer’s Society.
Last year, I wanted to give people the chance to learn and practice art so I ran Art Club at the synagogue, also raising money for another charity – Arts 4 Dementia.
I like to play with the colours and scenes of the outside world. I hope you enjoy my paintings.