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The J-Gallery, located in the Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Adult Lounge, is committed to showcasing local artists in a beautiful, light-filled space. If you would like to be considered as a guest artist in the J-Gallery, contact Nicole Longhi.

Contact

Nicole Longhi
Program and Communications Administrator
nlonghi@springfieldjcc.org
(413) 739-4715

Oxios Oasis

Artwork by Awilda Oxios | On view from Thursday, August 18 through Friday, September 30
Reception: Wednesday, August 24, 5:00 PM

Local artist Awilda Oxios’ latest exhibit is an exploration of different mediums, surrounding elements, and a vivid imagination.

Awilda Oxios was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, raised in New York, lived in Chicago, and now resides in Springfield, MA. Her love of art began when her mother took her to see a live show of Latino performers, where she was especially captivated by the extravagance of actress Tongolele. She hasn’t stopped drawing since.

After working 25 years as a fashion designer for the prestigious house of haute couture of Luis Fuentes in Puero Rico and raising two sons, she found herself with more time to dedicate to art and her love of painting rekindled. By adding more techniques to her work, she has been able to experiment with different mediums and, in doing so, her art has risen to new heights. She uses acrylic paints and anything else she can get her hands on. She has exhibited at Art for the Soul Gallery, Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA), and the Mattoon Street Art Festival.

Call for Artists: Gurvitch Memorial Adult Art Exhibit

On view from Sunday, October 16 through Thursday, December 1
Reception: Sunday, October 16, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Sponsored by the Lepow-Gurvitch family in loving memory of Sadie and Eli Gurvitch, this annual art exhibit highlights the creative efforts of non-professional senior artists who wish to exhibit their work. The show is dedicated primarily to Sadie Gurvitch, who in her 60s developed a strong interest in art and painting.

Adults from the Pioneer Valley, ages 50 and older, are eligible to submit work. The show is open to non-professional artists only.

Click the button below to download the application to register for the 2022 Gurvitch Memorial Adult Art Exhibit. Applications are due no later than Friday, September 23. You may submit completed applications to Nicole Longhi at NLonghi@springfieldjcc.org or in-person at the J.

Photographic Expeditions: People, Places, Creatures in the U.S.

Photography by Jim Gillen | On view from Tuesday, December 13, 2022 through Monday, January 30, 2023
Reception: Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Local photographer Jim Gillen will be showing off his work in his upcoming exhibit Photographic Expeditions: People, Places, and Creatures in the U.S.. This show is intended to show Jim’s attempts to capture people, creatures, and landscapes around this vast country of ours. Viewers will see slices of life from Jim’s visits to Oregon, California, and New Mexico, as well as various locations throughout New England.

A native of New York City, Jim Gillen came to Western Massachusetts after being assigned to Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee. He was a journalist at The Republican in Springfield for 35 years. He’s currently a member of the Springfield Photographic Society (SPS) and editor of the club’s newsletter. Two of his photos were recently displayed in an SPS exhibit at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Springfield Museums and he’s had several solo exhibits in New England.