New Mitzvah Organzier
Joan Zylkin: The Event Painter

After your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration, you are left with terrific memories of this milestone event for your child. Here is a unique and fabulous way to keep those memories alive in your family forever.


You might have beautiful photography and video that captured the festivities – now meet Joan Zylkin, The Event Painter. She creates “live” paintings at Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, parties and corporate events. She can also do event paintings from photos and portraits and movie clips, creating a composition capturing the people and details which are most important to you.

This is a wonderful opportunity to have a painting of your child’s special occasion with family and friends gathered together to celebrate your child’s big day.

Her paintings capture the happiness of your friends and family as well as the events and energy of the party, while paying attention to all the details you have spent so much time and thought to bring together. This painting will remain in your family forever, long after the memories have faded and the last thank you is written.

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This Bat Mitzvah celebration took place in the ballroom at Carltun on the Park in East Meadow, New York

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The finished result is a unique family portrait with family, grandparents and close friends

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Lexi’s Bat Mitzvah was held at B’nai Tikvah in New Jersey

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The finished painting shows the room with a lounge area for the young guests

We asked Joan some questions about how this process works:

MM: How are you able to capture an event “on the spot” and “live”?
The first answer which comes to mind is RAPIDLY – and with a lot of preparation beforehand. In order to paint with the necessary speed, I have honed my skills over many, many years so that I can capture your images instantly and accurately with the flick of my brush.

MM: Can you please tell us what the process is the day or night of an event?
I arrive at the venue early – usually two or three hours ahead – liaise with the venue management and planners, negotiate a spot where I can see well, and begin painting before guests start to arrive – so that when they do, I can put them into the painting.

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This painting from a Bar Mitzvah shows their sports theme at the Crystal Ballroom. Siblings and grandparents at the front, along the bottom of the painting

MM: What type of materials do you work with?
The paintings are oil paintings, on carefully customized panels, using finest quality archival materials.

MM: How long does it take to complete a painting?
Usually my paintings are completed on the spot and displayed for your guests to see. If I think a painting needs to go further, I will work on it in my studio.

MM: How much space do you need?
My set up is very compact. Depending on the size of painting, a 4ft x 7ft area is a good size and I need to be in a spot where I can see what is going into your painting.

MM: Can you tell us about pricing?
My price includes pre-event discussions, sketches, and customized finest quality archival materials. For example: an 18 x 24″ size is $1850; a 20 x 24″ size is $1950; a 24 x 30″ size is $2350 and a 24 x 36″ size is $2600. Other and Larger sizes are available. There might be additional expenses for travel.

These paintings also make unique gifts. Some families use a picture of the finished painting as their thank you note.

To get more information, call Joan at 302-475-0990 and visit her Website.

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