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January 10, 2003 - Image 82

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-01-10

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Janice Charach Epstein Gallery mounts show focusing on

Left to right, above:


Michelle Hegyi: "More
Possibilities, No. 11," digital
painting. Hegyi creates
abstracted landscapes about
people and relationships.

Special to the Jewish News

Judith Jacobs: 'Alien
Topography" light jet print.
Jacobs' work employs an endless
variety of scanned images.

Miriam Brysk: "Sustaining
Ties," archival jet print: Brysk
uses some half-dozen graphic
programs to create original
images on the computer.


even artists with ties to
Michigan have traded in tra-
dition for technology. They
create unique images with
the help of the computer.
The artists' varied approaches come
together in an exhibit at the Janice
Charach Epstein Gallery in West
Bloomfield. "Technical Techniques:
Artists Exploring Recent Technological
Advances" runs Jan. 12-Feb. 27.
Viewers can meet the seven innova-
tors at a reception scheduled 2-4 p.m.
on Sunday, opening day.

Joy Of Judaism

Miriam Brysk, a retired biology pro-
fessor who lives in Ann Arbor, offers
images that celebrate the joy of
Judaism and life.
Using phrases from the Bible and
other religious texts, she builds designs



in support of the ideas expressed.
Mystic Earth, for example, showcases
abstract forms as it takes off from this
passage: "May we protect the beautiful
earth so that it may sustain us."
Brysk, who survived the Holocaust
while still a child, went through many
emotional phases before reaching the
point that allowed her to celebrate life
through art. Religion is only one of
her many themes.
"I began with the starkness of black-
and-white photography and turned to
color as my soul was healing," says
Brysk, who moved from Texas to
Michigan nearly two years ago to be
close to her grown children.
"I came to use some half-dozen
graphic programs to create original
images on the computer, and I actual-
ly draw, manipulating and twisting
segments of each piece."
Brysk, a member of Ann Arbor
Women Artists, will have 10 works in
the exhibit. She also has shown her proj-
ects in Texas, New Mexico and Illinois.

"Science and art have been my life's
passions," says Brysk, who recently
completed her memoirs and recalls her
Holocaust experiences at meetings of
the Federation of Holocaust Child
"Science has provided me the intel-
lectual challenge of generating new
knowledge of the mysteries of life. Art
has been a quest to discover new rela-
tionships between form and color
while filling my emotional and spiritu-
al needs."

Artistic Hobbyist

Jeffrey Charach, brother of the late
artist after whom the gallery is
named, will be showing examples of
his style, which he pursues as a
"I'm honored that people like my
abstract work, and I'm proud of my
mom and dad for bringing the
gallery to the Jewish Community
Center," says Charach, who will be

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