JCC Patio Gallery

The JCC Patio Gallery, located in the lobby of the Jewish Community Center, is the elegant setting for imaginative exhibits featuring the innovative artwork of locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists.

Patio Gallery Hours:

Sunday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED

View some photos of our Patio Gallery:


2 SISTERS: Works by Julie Baldyga and Stephanie Baldyga-Stagg

Julie BaldygaJulie Balgyda-Detail of Debbie Working on the Jacuzzi Motor
Artist’s Statement
Julie Baldyga grew up in a family that valued creativity and has been making distinctive artwork all her life.  Julie strongly believes in an afterlife when many wrongs are ultimately corrected and this is a key concept in much of her work.  Her portraits often feature an individual repairing a complicated machine set against a colorful backdrop of blooming flowers from heaven.  Julie works with oil pastels and ceramic sculptures of mechanical and electrical elements.  Her fascination with the human form and especially hands can be seen in her artwork.  “I just do like hands,”  she says.  “They are interesting parts of people.  All my paintings have big, strong hands.”  Even Julie’s birds often have hands.


Stephanie Baldyga-Stagg
Artist’s StatementStephanie Baldyga-Stagg, Detail of Aqua Tango
All of my work derives from two primary sources:  natural forms and the physical manipulation of the materials themselves.  I start my work with abstract strokes, layer upon layer.  The piece grows organically as I sift through the images, creating textures that contrast the fluidity of the paint with the flatness of the shapes.  As the composition becomes tighter, these shapes interlock, sometimes morphing into others.  They take on surreal qualities as organic natural forms flow into more geometric types.  I particularly like this interplay between color and form as unexpected relationships occur.



Before…a retrospective in stitching
by Bette Levy

Bette Levy has an undergraduate degree in experimental psychology and pursued an early career in the field of Irvine Bubblesmarket research.  Merging her interest in psychology and art, she came to Louisville from San Francisco in 1974, and earned a master’s degree in art therapy at the University of Louisville’s Institute of Expressive Therapies. This led to a two-decade career in art therapy, fund development and program planning.  In 1994, Levy entered the UofL graduate program in fiber arts, graduating with her second master’s degree in 1998.

Levy has participated in numerous exhibitions and conducted personal research into textiles through world-wide travel.  She is a founding member of LAFTA (Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists), a past member of Fiber Forum (an arm of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America), a past vice president, board member, and Kentucky state representative for the Surface Design Association, and a member of numerous other textile, arts, and community organizations.  She has written articles for Surface Design Journal, Arts Across Kentucky, and other professional journals. Levy was the director of the Patio Gallery at the Jewish Community Center in Louisville, KY from 1992 to 2015 and curated exhibitions there as well as in other Louisville venues.  She is represented by PYRO Gallery, an artists’ cooperative.

Would you like to present a show in the Patio Gallery?

For more information, please contact Slava Nelson at snelson@jewishlouisville.org or call 502-238-2760.