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October 04, 2002 - Image 110

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-04

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ed Potter

Gift of the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation in memory of Morris D. Baker,..2001

Ann Arbor gallery shows large
vessels created under a grant
from ArtServe Michigan.

Special to the Jewish News


Clockwise from top left:
Frank Stella (American, b. 1936):
"Gene come it Sale," 1989, 18-color
relief, etching and aquatint on .
paper. One of two Baker-donated
Stellas in the AGW exhibit.

Anthony Caro (Canadian, b.
1924): •"Ttble piece," 1980-81,
welded steel. Caro studied with
British sculptor Henry Moore.

Gift of the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation in memory of Morris D. Baker, 2001

Jack Bush (Canadian, 1909-77):
"V-cut," 1967, acrylic on canvas.
Bush is considered one of the most
original of the color field painters.

Coming Home

Artistic works settle into new quarters at Art Gallery ofWindsor.

Special to the Jewish News

Gift," the title of the exhibit run-
ning Oct. 12-Nov. 14 at AGW, will
include the entire donation, 21
everly and Morris Baker
works on paper and two sculptures.
lived in Ontario for
Later on, the mostly abstract pieces
many years and spent
will be available for showing inde-
considerable leisure time
pendent of one another as they
building a large collection of con-
relate to emerging exhibit themes.
temporary artworks. Their finds, by
"I'm very pleased that the gallery is
Canadians and masters from other
showing the entire gift in a major
countries, could be seen in their
space," says Beverly Baker, now a res-
home or his place of business as a
ident of Bloomfield Hills and a for-
real estate developer.
The late Morris Baker and
mer docent at the museum. "Most of
Beverly Baker: A nother gift to the work had been on the walls in
With the creation of the Morris
the area's cultural institutions. my husband's office, but a bigger
and Beverly Baker Foundation after
his death, many of those artworks
space changes the.whole look."
have gained permanent residency in Canada by
Baker, whose children attended Hillel Day
becoming part of a donation in his memory to the
School while the family lived in Canada, believes
Art Gallery of Windsor.
that the most important piece in the collection is
"The Morris and Beverly. Baker Foundation
by Canadian artist Jack Bush, a color field painter.






ay Yourist likes to combine the old with the
new in her pottery projects, and that
approach can be seen in "New Works," an exhibit
on view through Nov. 2 at the Washington Street
Gallery in Ann Arbor.
Fifteen large vessel forms, highlighted with a
glaze that looks like
oxidized copper, are
being featured.
"The pieces in this
show were done over
the past year under a
grant from ArtServe
Michigan," says
Yourist, whose Ann .
Arbor studio also
serves as an instruc-
tional center for pot-
tery students. "The
vessels were inspired
by ancient works and ICay Yourist: `An ancient
prehistoric forms, but form of exipression."
the shapes have been
stretched to make them part of the present."
Yourist, who has enjoyed working with pottery
since, childhood, has shown her clay forms for
more than 20 years at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs as
well as other fairs and galleries. The artist has had
work showcased at the Janice Charach Epstein
Gallery in West Bloomfield and has accepted
Although Yourist attended an Orthodox syna-=
gogue while being raised in Toledo, her work does
not include Judaica.
"Some of my vessels look like they were under the
earth for a while," says Yourist, an art graduate of
Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a
Michigan resident since 1977. "Thar represents what's
at the heart of my love of ceramics, which is taking
part in an ancient form of expression. It's a way to
reach into the past and be part of the present." 0

Kay Yourist's "New Works" will be shown
through Nov. 2 at the Washington Street
Gallery, 215 E. Washington Street, Ann
Arbor. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesdays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturdays. An artist's reception is scheduled
7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. (734) 761-2287.
For more information on Yourist's studio,
workshops and classes, go to www.yourist-
pottery.com or call (734) 662-4914.

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