Judi & Allan Schuman
Museum Gallery

Our 2023-2024 Season will include both virtual and in person programs. All programs are in person unless noted. Virtual programs will be streamed via Zoom and in person programs will be presented at the Levis JCC Sandler Center (unless otherwise noted).

Proudly presenting exhibitions of work by local, national, and international artists as well as lectures and classes.

If you need assistance purchasing tickets or membership, call the Box Office at 561-558-2520.

21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton, FL

*Important: please note that when arriving to our campus for evening and Sunday events, you must use the 95th Avenue S. entrance
(off of Glades Road between Lyons Road and 441).

Gallery Art Exhibitions

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday during events

All exhibitions and opening events are free and open to the public. RSVP requested to 561-558-2520 for each Opening Reception.

Collaboration & Diversity

Exhibition runs through September 28
A joint exhibition between husband and wife, Ann and Don Schwartz. Featuring a collection of wild life photography, mixed media and collage work.

WITVA (Women In The Visual Arts) presents Call Me Creative

Opening Reception:
Sunday, October 29, 1:00 pm
Exhibition runs through December 11
This annual juried mixed media exhibition spotlights artworks including colorful paintings, bold sculptures, powerful photography, creative collage, prints and jewelry.

Artists Joseph Bau - Artist, Counterfeiter and Mossad Agent
and Judi Schuman

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 4, 3:00 pm
Featured Special Guest:
Eli Bartov will be retelling Bau’s incredible story as a multimedia presentation. Bartov, is a retired IDF and lectures on the Jewish influence on Far East and Israeli intelligence.

Exhibition runs through February 8
This annual juried mixed media exhibition spotlights artworks including colorful paintings, bold sculptures, powerful photography, creative collage, prints and jewelry.

Over 25 pieces of Joseph Bau's art including oil paintings, prints and lithographs will be on display for the first time in Florida.

While living in the Krakow Ghetto, Joesph Bau kept his family alive by forging papers for food. He was one of the Jews saved by Oskar Schinder. In 1950 him and his family moved to Israel penniless, where he then led a double life as animator while he secretly worked with the Mossad. Born in Poland in 1920, Joseph Bau, education was interrupted by WWII, when he was taken to a concentration camp. During his internment, Bau never lost his spark of humanity and hope. He fell in love with another inmate, Rebecca, whom he married in the camp despite the prohibition by Germans. This unique wedding is featured in Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List”.

The art saved his life. His access to pens and inks allowed him to forge documents and identity papers for people who managed to escape the camps. In this way, he saved hundreds of people. After several concentration camps transfers, he ended up in the Schindler’s camp where he stayed till the end of the war. After the war and graduating from the University of Plastic Arts in Krakow, Bau emmigrated to Israel with his wife and three-year-old daughter. In Israel he was recruited by the secret service. In 1956 Bau opened his own studio in Tel-Aviv and enriched its walls with his paintings, graphic art as well as the animation equipment which he built himself. His works have been shown in the USA, Canada, Poland and Spain. Since his death in 2002, his two daughters, have converted his studio into a museum. The studio has been under threat of closing.

For Judi Schuman, painting is telling a story visually; it has been her lifelong passion for creative expression. Whether from memories or photographs of places she’s been to, her work is full of color, texture and contrasts. Starting with intricate collage work she later moved to acrylic paint which afforded her more flexibility and a new way to explore color and textures. “Each creative piece of work has captured moments that stand out in my memory”.

Deborah Bigeleisen: Variations on a Theme and
Yochi Yakir-Avin: The Memory Project

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 22, 3:00 pm
Exhibition runs through March 28

Internationally collected and innovative artist Deborah Bigeleisen inspires a conversation between art and science. Deborah is changing the genre of floral painting to embody a contemporary world. Her exquisite and evocative paintings hover on the cusp between abstraction and representation, with different series leaning more to one than to the other. Her inspiration and creative process begin with her travels to botanical gardens throughout North America to photograph her subject. Deborah widens the lens of reality to a world beyond one’s own imagination. The vision is hers; the joy belongs to the viewer.

Bigeleisen’s paintings grace corporate and private collections world-wide. Her work has been extensively published in international art books and magazines and has been featured in business and lifestyle publications on digital platforms. Her paintings have been exhibited in international art fairs and accepted into museum exhibitions including The Platt/Bornstein Galleries at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Deborah lives and works in West Palm Beach, FL.

Yochi Yakir-Avin is a multidisciplinary artist with a passion for exploring the topic of representation. Her works invite viewers to engage with memory, exploring the complexities of how we remember and what we choose to forget, challenging us to question our assumptions about the past and present, and to embrace the fluidity of memory. In 2020, 2021, and 2022, Yakir-Avin was awarded the CIP Grant, and The Artist Support Grant from the Broward County Cultural Council. Yochi was born in Poland and raised in Israel, she now resides in South Florida. Her academic background includes the study of fine arts in both Israel and Italy, where she earned her A from the esteemed Brera Academy of Arts in Milan.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Looking at Art through the Eyes of an Artist with Deborah Bigeleisen
Monday, February 26, 2:00 pm
With the visual aid of a PowerPoint presentation, you will be taken on a virtual tour of modern and contemporary art in museums, galleries, and international art fairs. The presentation also covers the excitement of modern architecture from museums to metro stations to bridges. The emphasis is on looking at art and the world around you “through the mind and vision of an artist”. You will hear the tricks artists play on the viewer, and even some neuroscience aspects of how the brain perceives art.

Art Workshops

Workshops with Wendy Cohen
Mondays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Dyed Silk Scarves
December 11 & March 4
Quick, easy and fun-Create your own beautiful wearable silk scarf using a special tissue paper dying technique.

Glass Dish or Bowl
January 8 & March 25

Using the glass fusing process create beautiful plates or bowls.

Glass Fusing Made Easy
February 5

Learn about the glass fusing process to create unique pieces in this introductory class. You will discover how to cut, shape, layer and embellish designs using different types of glass.

$65 per workshop, includes instructions and all materials

Abstract Art/ Multimedia Collage with Lourdes McKay

Fridays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Session 1: December 1-22
Session 2: January 5-26
Session 3: February 2-23
Session 4: March 1-22

$200 four-week session. Materials not included. A list of materials will be provided.

Paper Flower Workshop with Debbie Heilborn

Mondays, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
December 18 and January 29

Learn the art of making paper flowers. Participants will choose a color kit with instructions of either red, purple or pink cardstock to include 2 flower templates and 2 leaf templates (scissors provided). Enough supplies provided to make 2 - 3 flowers in class and 2 at home. A resource list provided for finding other flower and leaf templates.

$50 per workshop, includes instruction and supplies

Art Tours

Jewish Miami

Sunday, February 4
Depart Sandler Center at 8:45 am and return at 4:45 pm

Tour Jewish Miami with Henry Green, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Miami Our day will include learning about the Jewish history of South Beach on a guided bus tour; a docent led tour of the Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU; a visit to the Holocaust Memorial; drive by Temple Beth Shalom (reform); Temple Emanu-El (conservative); and the Cuban Hebrew Congregation. Walk on Lincoln Road and have lunch on your own.

$155, includes transportation, guided tours, entrance fees, water and snacks

El Espacio 23

Friday, March 22
Depart Sandler Center at 8:45 am and return at 4:45 pm

Visit and Guided tour of the impressive contemporary art space founded by collector and philanthropist Jorge M. Perez. Located within a repurposed 28,000 square foot warehouse in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, El Espacio 23 serves artist, curators and the public with regular exhibitions, residencies and a variety of special projects drawn from the extensive Perez Collection. El Espacio 23 also houses artists with diverse disciplines and ethnic backgrounds, who work and exhibit at the space, and with whom you will be able to visit.

$155, includes transportation, guided tours, lunch at a trendy restaurant, water and snacks

Ceramics - Classes & Workshops

Garden Pottery Workshop

Sunday, October 15 or
Sunday, October 29
10:00 am -12:00 pm

$125 per person
Create something unique and special for your garden or home in this class. This class will focus on making planters up to 8” wide. We will make the planter in the first class and glaze it two weeks later. Any level welcome. Instructor will show step by step processes for the designs and then help you along the way from building to making holes to glazing your planter.

Date Night Workshop

Tuesday, December 12 or
Tuesday, February 13
7:00 - 9:00 pm

$75 per person
2 hours of getting to know your clay with your best friend! A fun evening of trying your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel or hand building. Come join our experienced staff guide you through a mini clay exploratory Choose a color glaze for your piece. Prices include a 2 hour class and firing and glaze. Your completed work glazed, fired and returned at a later date TBD.

Pottery Sampler Workshop

Sunday, January 14 or
Sunday, March 10
1:00 - 3:00 pm
$75 per person
Join us for 2 hours of getting your hands in clay. Take a spin on the potter’s wheel, try making a hand built piece with a slab. Come join our experienced staff guide you through a mini clay exploratory. Prices include instruction, clay, glaze and firing. Your completed work glazed, fired and returned at a later date TBD.

Print on Demand Workshop

Sunday, February 4
12:00 - 2:00 pm

$40 per person
How to sell your art on line using Printify - An on line print on demand company. Take your drawings, paintings or graphic designs and put them on mugs, t-shirts, tote bags and more creating your own online business. You will need to bring an iPad or computer to class. Minimum enrollment of 10.

Pottery Classes: Fall 2023-2024

Hand Building and Throwing

Learn techniques from our experienced instructors, Cynthia Zmetronak and Samantha Booth. All levels welcome!

The program consists of four three-hour classes in September and October and six three-hour classes starting in November. The final class of each session will be supervised open studio time. Clay is available for purchase. Additional $30 supply fee per person. The pottery studio has two kilns, wheels, slab roller and an extruder. The Pottery Class Policy can be obtained by contacting the Levis JCC Sandler Center.

September 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 weeks)
Session 1TA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 1TP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

October 3, 10, 17, 24 (4 weeks)
Session 2TA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 2TP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

October 31, November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12 (6 weeks) No class November 7
Session 3TA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 3TP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 (6 weeks)
Session 4TA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 4TP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

February 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26 (6 weeks)
Session 5TA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 5TP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

April 2, 9, 16, May 7, 14, 21 (6 weeks) No Class April 23, 30
Session 6TA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 6TP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

September 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 weeks)
Session 1RA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 1RP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

October 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 weeks)
Session 2RA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 2RP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14 (6 weeks) - No class November 23
Session 3RA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 3RP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 (6 weeks)
Session 4RA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 4RP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

February 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28 (6 weeks)
Session 5RA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 5RP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

April 4, 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16 (6 weeks) No class April 25
Session 6RA, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 6RP, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

There are NO make-ups, credits, refunds or rescheduling for missed classes or studio time. All enrollments are subject to program terms and conditions

Rates for four week sessions:
Non-members: $200; Members: $185

Rates for six week sessions:
Non-members: $350; Members: $320

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