Commissioning Art by Jeanette Kuvin Oren
Jeanette works with architects and committees to unify the artful focus and Judaic content of their sanctuary. She designs and fabricates — or oversees the fabrication of — Ner Tamids (eternal light), Ark Curtains and Doors, Torah covers, Wall hangings, Glass Doors and Windows, Mosaics, Tile walls, and Donor Recognition. Jeanette works with committees to select synagogue furniture, carpeting, upholstery, and installations specific to the needs of the synagogue.
STAINED GLASS, COLORED & ETCHED GLASS
Jeanette works with nationally renowned glass artists to create unique windows, wall art, and donor recognition for Judaic settings. Jeanette’s first windows were commissioned by the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Rockville, Maryland): four windows in the Lower School Beit Midrash, and eight circular windows in the Upper School Beit Midrash. Recently Jeanette has created large glass windows and Ark doors using a new technique of fiber art and film. When you commission Jeanette to create windows the price includes design, fabrication, and installation of the glass. You will need only to be in contact with Jeanette, who will manage the entire project — from conceptualization through installation.
MOSAICS, MURALS, TILE ART, DONOR RECOGNITION
Since 1998, Jeanette has been working with the premier fabricator of mosaics in the U.S., Stephen Miotto. Jeanette works with your organization to create a detailed painting of the mosaic; Stephen makes the mosaic out of glass, gold and silver, ceramic, marble, and Jerusalem stone. Stephen installs the project. The mosaic can be a unique and beautiful piece of art that also functions as a Donor Wall. Recent mosaic projects incorporate tile art, a less expensive option for durable and unique art. When you commission Jeanette, the cost usually includes design, fabrication, engraving and installation. You will need only to be in contact with Jeanette, who will manage the entire project — from conceptualization through installation.
FIBER ART: ARK CURTAINS, TORAH COVERS, WALL HANGINGS, HUPPOT
Jeanette Kuvin Oren is known throughout the U.S., Canada, South America and Israel for her fabric art. Jeanette works with the committee, synagogue, family, and/or donors on Torah covers, Ark curtains, Wall-hangings and Huppot. Jeanette listens to the spiritual and aesthetic needs of each group and setting. Jeanette dyes all the silks, and works with a variety of fabrics and techniques. Jeanette will listen first, paint a “sketch” of the project, and execute the project in a timely fashion.
PAPER ARTS: KETUBOT, FAMILY TREES, PAPERCUTTING
Jeanette’s “roots” are in calligraphy, painted illumination, and papercutting. She has made ketubot for hundreds of couples who were marrying and celebrating anniversaries. Jeanette can create a unique calligraphed and papercut gift in any style, from abstract and contemporary, to Persian, Spanish, or Italian in design. Family Trees have become an especially popular gift for the couple who “has everything.” When you give Jeanette your family information, she creates a personalized papercut and painted family tree that is backed with hand-painted silk.
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
In addition to her one-of-a-kind art, Jeanette offers several signed limited-edition lithographic prints. Limited edition prints include: Priestly Blessing, Family Blessing, Prayer for a Physician, B’ruchmin Habaim, and Prayer for Parents. The prints range in price from $60 to $200.
COMMUNITY PROJECTS, ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Jeanette has worked with dozens of camps, day schools and synagogues as an artist-in-residence. Most visits by Jeanette include a slide lecture about her work, followed by a hands-on community project. Examples include a mosaic made by campers at Camp Ramah (Palmer), a large wall-hanging painted in Lancaster, PA, a wall-hanging made by students and faculty at the Orlando Jewish Day School, and a Torah cover made by students at Ezra Academy in Woodbridge, CT. She and her husband, Dr. Dan Oren, were featured presenters at Limmud (Winnipeg) 2013. Speak with Jeanette about ideas you have for programming.
GRAPHIC DESIGN, LOGOS, MARKETING
Jeanette works with non-profit organizations and small businesses to create "branding" that is modern and elegant.
Jeanette's art is used on covers of books and magazines, on cards and marketing materials. She is skilled in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
This 2-minute video takes you through a commission of a set of Torah covers and an Ark curtain.