Painting Individuality

Exhibit and Talk by Artist Janet Boltax

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Janet Boltax’s latest painting project is a series of large oil portraits of individuals born with a variety of disabilities who have, for the most part, been able to reach their potential as vital human beings.

Some have jobs and live independently; others with their families or in group homes. Janet met most of them while teaching a painting class at the WAE Center, Wellness, Arts, and Enrichment Center of the JSDD. Each painting will be accompanied by a description, helping viewers appreciate the unique presence of the person they are meeting in the portrait. “Knowing them has added significantly to my life,” Janet says, “as I hope I have added to theirs by giving them the opportunity to create art.”

Janet Boltax has been among New Jersey’s prominent artists for 20 years. She has received first prize in competitive juried shows, and has earned prestigious art residencies. Her sensitive, empathetic portraits compel viewers to look deeply to encounter the spirit of her subjects. She currently teaches at the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Art Museum.

Janet will describe her experiences with the subjects of her paintings, as well as her painting technique, at an Artist's Talk after Shabbat Kiddush. B’nai Shalom’s exhibit of Janet’s paintings, accompanied by this talk, is being presented in conjunction with Minyan Me’uchad, in honor of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month.