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Sandler exhibits bold colors on big canvases at her pop inspired exhibit

Pop and abstract art influences

By DEBORAH MOON

article created on: 2009-03-15



Robin Sandler thinks, and paints, big.

Sandler, who began painting professionally in 1995, sold virtually all of her whimsical pop art and abstract paintings before moving from the Detroit area to Portland six years ago. Between volunteering in the Jewish community and marrying Dr. Ira Weintraub, with whom she spent 2½ years building their home that includes a studio and showroom, she said it’s taken her this long to build up a body of work large enough for an exhibit in Portland.

Sandler’s first West Coast exhibit opened at The Gallery Zero, 936 SE 34th Ave. Portland, March 6. The entire collection remains on display through March, and some pieces will remain into April.

She typically works on large canvases with bold, vibrant colors creating either abstract or pop art pieces. Many are nearly six-feet in the longest dimension. Recently, she said she has begun experimenting in both black and white and with small hardwood panels, which can be purchased singly or mixed and matched. She said the smaller pieces enable more people to afford original artwork in today’s troubled economy.

One of her recent black and white canvases, entitled Ancient World, is a mixed media on a 36-inch by 72-inch canvas that integrates Hebrew letters with other ancient symbols.

“This has a calm focus, a feeling of serenity,” she said of Ancient World. “I can see it in a Yoga studio. Some pieces are full of light and energy, to me this one is relaxing.”

Sandler uses a variety of techniques and mixed media to give her paintings a sculpted feel.

She got her introduction to art attending Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., from seventh to 12th grade. She said the faculty of the college prep and art school included many world famous artists such as weaver Robert Kidd.

“I grew up surrounded by that,” Sandler said.

She also grew up very involved in Detroit’s Jewish community, a habit she continued when she moved to Portland.     

“My sister, Pat Welch, has lived her over 30 years and she’s very involved in the Jewish community so I was introduced to it quickly,” said Sandler.

Sandler recently served on the committee that planned Impact, the women’s campaign event of the Women’s Philanthropy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. She has also volunteered at Robison Jewish Health Center, where she worked in the day care program for a couple years after moving here.

Robin Sandler with some of her recent work in black and white.

Robin Sandler brings her art and her active Jewish life to Portland

By DEBORAH MOON

article created on: 2009-04-01



Robin Sandler thinks, and paints, big.

Sandler, who began painting professionally in 1995, sold virtually all of her whimsical pop art and abstract paintings before moving from the Detroit area to Portland six years ago.

Between volunteering in the Jewish community and marrying Dr. Ira Weintraub, with whom she spent 2½ years building their home that includes a studio and showroom, she said it’s taken her this long to build up a body of work large enough for an exhibit in Portland.

Sandler’s first West Coast exhibit opened at The Gallery Zero, 936 SE 34th Ave. Portland, March 6. The entire collection remained on display through March, and some pieces will remain into April.

She typically works on large canvases with bold, vibrant colors creating either abstract or pop art pieces. Many are nearly six feet in the longest dimension.

She said that recently she has begun experimenting in both black and white and with small hardwood panels, which can be purchased singly or mixed and matched. She said the smaller pieces enable more people to afford original artwork in today’s troubled economy.

One of her recent black and white canvases, entitled Ancient World, is a mixed media on a 36-inch by 72-inch canvas that integrates Hebrew letters with other ancient symbols.

“This has a calm focus, a feeling of serenity,” she said of Ancient World. “I can see it in a yoga studio. Some pieces are full of light and energy, to me this one is relaxing.”

Sandler uses various techniques and media to give her paintings a sculpted feel.

She got her introduction to art attending Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., from seventh to 12th grade. She said the faculty of the college prep and art school included many world famous artists such as weaver Robert Kidd.

She also grew up very involved in Detroit’s Jewish community, a habit she continued when she moved to Portland. “My sister, Pat Welch, has lived here over 30 years and she’s very involved in the Jewish community so I was introduced to it quickly,” said Sandler.

Sandler recently served on the committee that planned Impact, the women’s campaign event of the Women’s Philanthropy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. She has also volunteered at Robison Jewish Health Center, where she worked in the day care program for a couple years after moving here. She and her husband are members of Congregation Beth Israel.

For more information on Sandler’s art, visit robinsandlerartwork.net