Jill Turndorf


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Jane Wesby
River Queen Artisan's Gallery

8 Church Street
Lambertville NJ

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Artist Highlight: Jill Turndorf

Jill Turndorf's jewelry is stunning.  Her compositions using sculpted precious metal clay and pearls or quartz are exceptional. Jill also weaves baskets skillfully, is an accomplished stone sculptor and hand dyes
ostrich, goose and chicken eggs. We are pleased to be showing Jill's Pysanky Eggs.  The detail is breathtaking as are the colors.

July 2012

My pysanky student, Alex Carpenter, won a champion in miscellaneous crafts at the county 4-H Fair in Ohio, where she lives. She will take her winning egg to the State Fair.  It's quite hard to get a champion in miscellaneous crafts because you are up against mosaics and quilts, etc. Alex tells me her egg was the talk of the fair. Best of luck to Alex!


As featured in

The Hunterdon County Democrat

The Pennington Post

The Town Topics

and others

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hector Gallery Opens New Pysanky Ostrich Egg Exhibit

Frenchtown, NJ--Don Hector of Hector Gallery announces the opening of a new permanent exhibit of Pysanky dyed ostrich eggs by Jill Turndorf on Sunday, December 5th from 3 to 6 p.m. One-half of all proceeds from the sale of the eggs will benefit HomeFront, a non-profit organization which provides food, housing, education and other services to homeless families in our area.

“Turndorf’s work compliments my own stained glass here in the gallery,” says Hector, stain glass artist and gallery owner.  “They look beautiful side-by-side.” 

Turndorf creates colorful, highly-decorated, intricately-detailed ostrich eggs with a wax-resist method and dye. This process is also known as Pysanky. “My designs are inspired by cultures from around the world and from various time periods,” Turndorf explains.

Turndorf recently concluded a show of her eggs and stone sculpture in Generations: a Show and Sale to Benefit HomeFront in Princeton, NJ. This was a collaborative effort with her father noted watercolorist John Sacalis, sister abstract painter Joy Sacalis, and son photographer Ben Turndorf. Jill’s work can be viewed at www.turndorf.com.

Hector Gallery, which houses Hector Studio / Glass Art, was formerly known as Lambertville Stained Glass. Hector’s studio relocated to Frenchtown in 2007, after 28 years of operating in Lambertville. 

In the past 31 years, Hector has produced glass art for corporate, religious, commercial and private interests. Locally his religious work may be seen at St. Magdalene R.C. Church and The Jewish Community Center, both in Flemington, St. Joseph R.C. Church in Millstone, and Kehilat Hanahar Synagogue in New Hope, PA. 
Hector works in a range of styles that encompass all periods from the Medieval to the most contemporary. Many of his glass pieces may be viewed at his website, lambertvilleglass.com.

“It is an honor to be showing my work in the same space as Don’s stunning stained glass windows,” Turndorf says. “Don is such an accomplished artist and is very generous to provide space in his gallery at no cost.  We are both delighted to be able to do this for HomeFront.”

Hector Gallery is located at 16 Race Street in Frenchtown, NJ. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. 

My family at the opening of Generation: A Fine Art Show to Benefit HomeFront
September 24, 2010

As featured in
Princeton, NJ
Friday, September 17, 2010

PRINCETON: Spotlight: ‘Generations’ for HomeFront
Art show opens Sept. 24 on Palmer Square

Three generations of artists: Joy Sacalis, acrylics, left; Jill Turndorf, stone sculpture and pysanky eggs, right, and Jack Sacalis, watercolorist, standing. Also, Ben Turndorf’s photography will be featured.

Princeton, NJ ---- An exhibit of fine art, “Generations,: featuring the works of Jill Sacalis Turndorf, John Sacalis, Joy Sacalis and Ben Turndorf, will be held Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 3, at 73 Palmer Square West in Princeton. One-half of all proceeds from the show will go to benefit HomeFront to provide food, housing, education and other services to homeless families.

    “The show will be a blend of dimension, beauty, realism and abstraction,” explains Jill Turndorf, stone sculptor and designer of fine pysanky eggs. Ms. Turndorf held her successful debut exhibit in 2007 in Princeton, at which proceeds also went to HomeFront to help homeless families get back on their feet.

    Since then Ms. Turndorf has chiseled and dyed passionately and tirelessly to where she has more than 50 pieces available to view and purchase.

    “This show represents the legacy of three generations of an artistic family with a commitment to helping others,” says Connie Mercer, executive director of HomeFront.

    The three generations start with John Sacalis, noted watercolorist and Jill’s father (www.sacalis.com); Jill, stone sculptor and pysanky egg artist (www.turndorf.com); Joy Sacalis, painter and Jill’s sister (http://sites.google.com/ site/joysacalis), and Ben Turndorf, photographer and Jill’s son (www.flickr.com/ photos/benturndorf).
    The artists will have numerous works on display and will be on site to discuss their work and their inspiration.

    Ms. Turndorf discovered her passion for stone as a medium when she studied stone sculpture about eight years ago. “It came to me naturally,” she says. “I just knew that it was my medium from the very first.” She also finds working with finely decorated pysanky ostrich eggs a way of relaxing from her more strenuous stonework. Her work is a mixture of realism and abstraction.

    Her father, John Sacalis, is an award-winning painter of watercolor landscapes in rural New Jersey and Europe. Professor emeritus of plant science at Cook College, he began his artistic career in 1996.

    Joy Sacalis will exhibit abstract, expressionist and illustrative paintings in acrylic and oil. Trained as a landscape architect, she has done illustration for magazines, painted murals and created eye-catching store window displays.

    This is Ben Turndorf’s first show. A senior at Columbia University, he will be exhibiting photography in black and white and color.

    The opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

    For more information, visit www.homefrontnj.org or write to sybil.jones1@gmail.com.

Here are some photos from the gallery.