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  • Writer's pictureWendell Maxey

International Women's Day Tribute: Artist, Ayala Borten

On International Women's Day, we take time to pause, reflect, and celebrate women around the world -- both past and present -- who have made a positive impact in their communities through their artistic experiences and vision including Ayala Borten, whose work is featured with the Staten Island Holocaust Center.

Born in Jerusalem, Israel Ayala Borten now resides and works in Petach-Tikvah, Israel where she spends time painting, writing, and enjoying poetry. Married with three children and two grandchildren, Ayala started painting at a very young age and continued thru her life and travels. After serving in the Israeli Army Ayala came to the United States for an education in the painting and studied in New York with the world famous Mark Tennant, Steven Asal, Elena Flerova and Ida Greenspan (herself a Holocaust Survivor). With 25 years of experience and over 500 pieces of art, Ayala’s work has been featured at shows and exhibits in Israel and in the states, as well as an exhibit in Switzerland. Painting in oil on canvas and specializing in technics from Renaissance to Modern, Ayala has received three citations for excellency over her remarkable career.

The Staten Island Holocaust Center is extremely fortunate to have some of Ayala Borton's collection part of our artistic archive, including Sad Eyes, The Heroes, Never Again, and Last Stop among others that are deeply rooted and influenced by the Holocaust experience. You can also visit Ayala's official website to view more artwork in her online gallery.

Thank you, Ayala, for showcasing your artistic talents and work with SIHC as they provide an important piece to the educational puzzle when teaching about the Holocaust. We salute you on International Women's Day and throughout Women's History Month in March.

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