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July 26, 1996 - Image 111

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-07-26

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STN Fine Arts

Another Opening ...Another Show

Laser-Cut Sculpture

Calman Shemi brings his
Jerusalem-made metal sculpture
as well as his soft paintings formed
from thousands of pieces of felt and
woolen threads to the Park West
Gallery, through August 8. Flow-
ers and Fruit, a laser-cut
sculpture, is more realis-
tic than most of his de-
signs, which tend toward and Fruit,
abstract images shaped
with vibrant colors.
Shemi, who was raised in Ar-
gentina and later moved to a kib-
butz in Israel, first gained his
international reputation when one
of his works was presented to the
late Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat during Sadat's visit to
Jerusalem. 29469 Northwestern, Southfield, (810) 354-2343.


Brian Andreas joins his love for creat-
ing sculpture with his love for creative
writing in StoryPeople, colorful wooden
figures reaching 3 feet tall and imprinted
with hand-lettered mini-tales.
The stories come through memory
and make-believe. Here is one: "Are you
a princess? I said & she said I'm much
more than a princess but you don't have
a name for it yet here on earth:' An-
dreas' works are carried locally at the
Art Loft, 203 E. Maple, Birmingham.
(810) 647-4007.

Brian Andreas:


Mike Slattery, a graduate of the Cranbrook
Academy of Art, focuses his camera on rec-
ollections. In Grassy Knoll, says Wearley Stu-
dio Gallery owner Robert Wearley, Slattery
represents "man's manipulation of the land,
an ironic representation of psychological se-
curity found in the familiar."
Photographer Judy Eliyas, fiberist Harry
Guild and metalsmith Jo Ellen Stevens join
Slattery at the Wearley Gallery for the "Great
American Dysfunction" exhibit through Sept.
21. The show features subjects of domestic
phenomena, socialization and what the artists
consider Americana oddity. 1719 West 14
Mile, Royal Oak. (810) 549-3016.

Summertime brings outdoor art
to a trio of local galleries.



om small, colorful birdhouses
to heavy metal sculpture, gal-
leries can provide many one-of-
F a -kind and series pieces to
complement garden settings.
"It's exciting to realize that the
environment can be enriched with
both fanciful and beautiful artwork,"
said Ann Kuffler, assistant to the
director of Ariana Gallery in Royal
Uncommon Art for the Out-of-
Doors, a display running through-
out the season at Ariana, features
sculpture, fountains, tiles, furniture,
stakes, planters and many other
forms of artwork that can take on
the elements and retain their ap-
'We have many unique and small
fountains," Kuffler says. "There's
a man sitting in a children's tub
pouring water on his face; and Jay Lefkowitz: Round and About, steel,
there's a little lady watering her gar- 1991, at Gallery: Function Art.
and they hang from
For those who
a metal rod that can
buy expensive sculp-
attached to a vari-
ture to place on the
ety of yard fixtures ā€”
lawn, Kuffler advis-
a stake in the ground
es extra caution for
or the trunk of a
securing those pieces
to avoid the possibil-
Hidden River
ity of theft.
Park in Pontiac pro-
At Objects of Art
vides a proper setting
in West Bloomfield,
for outdoor art of-
smaller artwork is
fered by the nearby
Gallery: Function
"Dances With Na-
ture," moveable out-
"We have an in-
door sculptures,
of five sky
have been very pop-
totems," said D. Scott
ular, according to
Patria, director of the
Pam Nabozny, man
Shelley Simon: Ceramic gallery. 'They're made of
aging partner.
Water Fountain, at
granite, bronze and glass,
"I like the natural :ef- - Ariana Gallery.
and they can stay outside
feet of the movement,"
all year."
Nabozny said. 'The abstract pieces
Also shown are benches made
made from metal are very durable,
from a sleek-looking steel and dec-
orative tables made with bases of
concrete, metal and found objects.
The tables of Scott Brazeau of
Ferndale and the benches of Mark
Haines of New York City are fea-
tured. Large-scale steel sculptures
by Jay Lefkowitz of Huntington
Woods highlight abstract forms.
`The location of outdoor art is just
as important as the location of in-
door art," Patria said. 'There must
be proper lighting, stability and ā€”
placement according to
the anticipation of cā–  I
Mark Haines:
plant growth.
Garden Bench,
"This art can look =
wrought steel,
loyej)(0.its . own, but --'
marble, at
it becomes living, dy- 111
Function Art.
namic and organic.


Mike Slattery: Grassy Knoll, photograph.

eluding photos and slides, three weeks prior to publication date, to Gail Zimmerman,
Fine Arts Editor, c I o The Jewish News, 27676 Franklin Road, Southfield, MI 48034; infor-
mation may be faxed to (810) 354-6069.


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