Annual Art exhibit and auction at KBH

by | Mar 6, 2017 | What’s Happening

Sunday, March 19, 2 pm

Kehillat Bet Hamidrash/Kempsville Conservative Synagogue’s 17th annual art exhibition and auction will feature auctioneer Rick Brandwein of Marlin Fine Auctions and Creative Events. He plans to bring a variety of media to meet varied pocketbooks and wall space, with such artists as Ansel Adams, Yaacov Agam, and Avi Ben Simhon.

John Stanisci, a professional illustrator for Marvel and DC Comics for more than 18 years, will be the event’s guest artist. Stanisci has worked on characters such as Spiderman, The Hulk, Batman, Cat Woman, Superman, and most recently on Batman Beyond. The trade paperback edition of Batman Beyond premiered at number one on the New York Times best seller list for graphic novels.

Stanisci only autographs the comic books for Marlin Art because he is a personal friend of the owner. Stanisci’s repertoire now also includes original watercolors.

In addition to being an artist, Stanisci recently made his Broadway debut in Irena’s Vow starring opposite four-time Tony Nominee, Tovah Feldshuh. He has also appeared in many plays, films, and TV shows. In his upcoming film, Expecting Mary, Stanisci co-stars opposite Cybil Shepard, Linda Gray, Elliot Gould, and others.

Stanisci will be available to sign any comic he has illustrated. He will also create “custom” sketches of his characters (or of the commissioner’s favorite people—family members, for example) for $200—on the spot.

A silent auction will also take place and will include such items as gold and fine jewelry from a local jeweler.

The preview begins at 2 pm with the auction at 3 pm. Admission is $7.50 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Baby-sitting will be available. KBH is located at 952 Indian Lakes Blvd., Virginia Beach. Major credit cards will be accepted for all art purchases.

For more information about the auction or to advertise in the auction catalogue, contact the synagogue at 757-495-8510 or