March 30, 2006
Using energy, creating art
By Cindy Blankenship
For the Tidings
Stacy Ohayon, above, poses next to one of her
works of art. Ohayon recently moved to Ashland from Israel. Below is
another of her pieces.
Staci Ohayon has been living and painting in Ashland since
she moved from her Israel home last September, taking her teaching
sabbatical to be near her son, Alon, who is taking a year off between high
school graduation and compulsory military duty at home to work with teens
from Ashland’s two synagogues. Ohayon will be presenting an art show in
April exhibiting work from her latest series, “The Four Elements.”
Ohayon’s paintings, which she calls simply “Energy Art,” serve two
purposes she says, providing healing energy and aesthetic enjoyment.
“I’m a healer and an artist combining the two. I create
paintings that transmit the positive healing energy of the elements they
portray. I love it.” says Ohayon.
Beginning about seven years ago in Israel, she worked as a
public school teacher at various grade levels, teaching creative thinking
and English to children and teens, and teaching teachers how to teach
their students in “nonconforming ways,” she says.
Name: Name: Staci Ohayon
Hails From: Born and raised near Philadelphia.
Lived in Israel for over 25 years, and has lived in Ashland since
Energy Art, acrylic on canvas.
Ohayon had also been working as an energy healer when she
attended an art class given by a woman in her moshav, a rural, communal
neighborhood in the Golan Heights region of Northeastern Israel where she
raised her son. The region that initially inspired her art features many
of the same qualities as our Siskiyou region with volcanic rock
formations, pastures, natural springs, rare and unusual plant species,
abundant wildlife, snowcapped mountain peaks, fruit orchards and
In the art class, painting for the first time in many
years, she rediscovered a past joy. “It was a wonderful feeling,” she
says, explaining that in high school, art had been her favorite subject,
and how, when given her first watercolor set given to her by her parents
when she was in kindergarten, “I painted everything I saw.”
Shortly after starting the class, she had a dream that
clearly showed her combining her healing work and paintings of the natural
world. She paid attention and began painting pictures depicting earth,
wind, fire and water. Each one, she says, brings the energy of that
element to the area in which it is placed and to those who view it.
Crystals are adhered to and part of some of the paintings.
Ohayon says her art and feng shui go hand in hand,
bringing the energy of the element to the space through a process that
isn’t easy to explain. “Everything is built of energy. I paint these with
a with a conscious intent. I don’t know how else to explain it. How do you
Born and raised just outside Philadelphia, Ohayon ended up
in Israel while traveling through Europe in her early 20s.
“I really just ended up there … I was born Jewish, but I
was raised in kind of a secular family. Being Jewish really had nothing to
do with it. I had just planned to travel Europe, and when I went to
Greece, I thought, ‘Israel is only a few more dollars away, and I could
work on a kibbutz. I was young.” she says, adding, “Then I fell in love
with my husband there, and I stayed.”
Since Ohayon has been living in Ashland, she’s continued
to paint. She says she loves Ashland and is seriously thinking of making
this her permanent home.
She says that, while she misses her friends in her
close-knit moshav, she has friends and family in the U.S. she misses when
she’s there. Walking during the interview, she stops to appreciate four
deer walking down the sidewalk. In the African-Syrian rift where she
lives, they have no deer, she says, but they have gazelles and other
wildlife including wolves and eagles.
“I love it here, how it is out in nature. And it’s a
lovely community. I’m drawn to the sense of community here.”
Staci Ohayon’s art show, “The Four Elements” will be held
from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at 366 Glenn St.
Her energy art paintings will be displayed and live music will be
provided. Her work can also be viewed at her online gallery at