Author Archives: Ellen Sharf Filreis

About Ellen Sharf Filreis

A finance and real estate professional in a former life, I am a self-taught artist currently working on several commissioned pieces of art. While my collage and assemblages cover a wide range of themes, my most important project at the moment is building on the Chai Spy ® brand which is a collaborative project with my daughter, Ayelet Ribakow who wrote the text for our book. Looking to license the art for the Jewish gift industry. The shadow box art is available for exhibition in Jewish venues for children and adults.

CHAI SPY – The Back Story

Recently, I was asked about the story behind Chai Spy®. Chai Spy®  has become such a part of my professional life that it has really become my own story…at least for the time being. Back in 2006 I created a … Continue reading

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A Few of My Favorite Things

a.k.a. I love lists! Rescue dogs Chocolate chip cookies Beach waves British telephone boxes Antiques Snow globes Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Carousels London Ice skating Paris A roaring fireplace Roller coasters Old cars San Francisco Charm bracelets Baby grand pianos New … Continue reading

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A Book Review – For Me…and You!

“This past weekend my adult children were busy for over half an hour looking through the book and challenging each other to find pictures that were hidden. Such a fun time was had by all. Last night my 3 year … Continue reading

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Happy 2017!

No. It’s not a boy. It’s not even a girl. It’s a registered trademark. So excited. Nice accomplishment with the help of a few others along the way. Hoping to build on the Chai Spy® brand this year. Looking forward … Continue reading

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New Year, New Name

New Year, new name. 2nd ed. Ayelet Filreis marries Dovid Ribakow. Text now by Mrs. Dovid Ribakow a.k.a. Ayelet Ribakow.

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Mazel Tov! It’s a Book!

CHAI SPY ® – A Visual Journey Through Jewish Life Oh my gosh…it’s here at last! Yes. We wanted it to be perfect. It’s totally beyond our expectations. Now, YOU can order your own copy on We’re sending our … Continue reading

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Art For A Cause

It gives me great pleasure to announce that I will be donating 20% of the sales proceeds from the original work of art pictured below to Releash Atlanta, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of and finding a forever … Continue reading

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Passion (from the Latin verb patī meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling, enthusiasm, or desire for anything. What are you passionate about? Is passion expressed by emotion? Is … Continue reading

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Color Our World

Here in Atlanta, we usually have so many rain filled or rain soaked days during the summer and with the additional rain we’re about to get we seem to be living up to the Atlanta tradition of “If you don’t … Continue reading

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A Room of Her Own…My Creative Playground

It has been an exceptionally busy time…cleaning up, cleaning out, organizing, and reorganizing art supplies in my art studio.  As of late, my studio had become the proverbial bottomless pit. That’s one thing about being a mixed media collage and … Continue reading

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