Michigan Glass Month brings out the best at local galleries.
Special to the Jewish News
ewish artists and collectors
enrich April viewing opportu-
nities as some 30 galleries
around the state join the 23rd
observance of Michigan Glass Month.
The Janice Charach Epstein Gallery
in the Jewish Community Center in
West Bloomfield calls attention to a
number of seasoned and emerging
artists through its exhibit, "Metro
Glass: Alumni and Students of the
College for Creative Studies."
The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, on
the campus of the University of
Michigan in Dearborn, taps into pri-
vate collections as it presents "Five
from Ten," a display of 50 works bor-
rowed from 10 regional collections.
The Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak
spotlights large projects through
"Sculptural Glass" and includes pieces
from two collaborative artists who
operate their own studio in Oregon.
Young Artists At JCC Gallery
"We have some very exciting works
from young artists among our exhibit
pieces," says Sylvia Nelson, director of
the Janice Charach Epstein Gallery.
"Three students show considerable
maturity in the way they have com-
pleted their sculptural forms."
Scott Strickstein has worked with cast
glass and will be showing four works.
"These are purely abstract forms,"
says Strickstein, who has accepted a
teaching position at the Garrison Art
Center and will be moving to New
York State after graduation in May. "I
have three similar pieces with Open
Arms I, II and III, and they are derived
from the relationship between human
and architectural forms."
Strickstein, who mixes ceramics and
glass, likes to stick with the inherent
colors of materials. A former student
at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan
Detroit, he became interested in art
while attending Cranbrook, where
many types of approaches caught his
"I like the duality of glass,"
Strickstein says. "It's a dense material
that looks light and airy."
Jeremy Levitt, also a graduating sen-
ior, gives his energy to functional
works and will be showing a glass,
concrete and steel floor lamp. He likes
using clear glass and organic shapes.
"I've been interested in art ever since
I was able to hold a pencil, and I've
been a partner in a furniture design
business, JUXT.," says Levitt, who has
been a member of Temple Israel. "I've
done coffee- and end-tables on com-
mission and completed the interior
design of a new jewelry store."
Levitt, who plans on moving to
New York or Los Angeles to explore
creative opportunities, selects glass as
only one component of his projects.
He became interested in design as a
summer intern for a firm that planned
exhibits and later decided that he
would prefer assignments that involve
upscale, modern clubs and hotels as
well as product design.
Robert Madvin, a freshman, is rep-
resented by three sculptural pieces
made from glass and metal and two
vessels formed from blown glass.
"I like to experiment with materials
to get different effects," says Madvin,
who has been active with the Jewish
Community Center. "I want to
express emotions and moods."
Trophy, for example, combines
metal, cast glass and blown glass and
can be used as a functional vessel
form. Captured Moon is purely abstract
as it combines grainy glass, black
metal and stainless steel.
"I hope to work with other artists to
broaden my interest and knowledge,"
says Madvin, whose early artistic focus
was jewelry. "I like glass because of the
ways it can be manipulated, starting as
a liquid and later trapping air."
Other artists represented at the
Janice Charach Epstein Gallery are
Herb Babcock, Paul Stankard, Sidney
Hutter and Martin Blank..Many of
the artists will discuss their work dur-
ing a complimentary reception at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the gallery,
where reservations will be required.
Fifty At Berkowitz
Nearly 50 name artists are represented
in "Five from Ten" at the Alfred
Berkowitz Gallery on the campus of
the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
"Most of the works we've selected
are very significant in the art glass
movement," says Kenneth Gross,
director of the Art Museum Project at
the U-M-Dearborn. "While we are
pleased that we could have examples
from so many different artists in our
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at the Berkowitz
Gallery, is from
the collection of
a freshman at the
has "Trophy" on
exhibit at the Janice
"Open Arms II,"
by former Hillel
Day School student
is on display at the
and Ian Gilula
of Elements Glass
in Portland, Ore.,
at Ariana Gallery.