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Elyssa Helfman

What Is Hanukkah?

An International Art Exhibition

(December 10 through January 31, 2021)


Elyssa especially strives to shed a new and lasting light on endangered animals by having the viewers develop a profound connection with the subject matter. Elyssa is creating an undeniable awareness for this critical cause through art and has committed to 10% of all proceeds benefitting wildlife conservation funds.

Encouraged by a lineage of creativity, chiefly her artist and art educator mother, Elyssa began painting and drawing as a toddler. She focused her efforts on art from her primary education at Pine Crest School through to college at University of Florida where she graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design with honors.

In the last several years, Elyssa's artwork has been accepted to invitational and judged exhibitions like Spectrum Miami (Art Basel), Endangered Fine Art & Photography Exhibition (Art Basel Miami), Broward Art Guild Tri County Biennial, and others.


Elyssa Helfman is an artist dedicated to honoring beautiful subjects in our humanity with bold colors, playful textures, and a grandiose impact. Intertwining high pigment acrylics, hand-painted acid-free papers, and intentionally partial portraits, her mixed-media techniques intrigue with a powerful purpose.

The artwork submitted is about empowering the viewer to rise up and protect our humanity, our beautiful planet, and all living beings, especially those who's voices are not being heard. While the subject matter may not appear to directly reflect Hanukkah as it depicts women and animals, this is in fact the spirit of the holiday as I see it as a modern day Jewish woman. Hanukkah is about miracles, making something possible that seems critical and in danger and most importantly empowerment to continue on with your cause.

Elyssa Helfman

Elyssa Helfman

United States of America

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