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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-04

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them," says Gilula. "We like work that
show, we also are glad that we have
is modern, abstract and flowing."
more than one work by Dale
Frankel and Gilula, who grew up
Chihuly."
together in Missouri and have been
For the U-M Dearborn exhibit,
friends for 25 years, opened Elements
Gross decided to approach collectors
four.years ago. Frankel received his
known for amassing very contempo-
bachelor of fine arts degree at the
rary pieces and has arranged a recep-
University of Wisconsin, while Gilula
tion with them from 7-9 p.m. Friday,
earned a comparable degree at Alfred
April 11, when gallery visitors can
learn more about maintaining a collec- University in New York.
Although both have made Judaica
tion.
"I've gotten to know collectors as
items for family members, their studio
does not produce any pieces with reli-
I've worked in the art community, and
gious themes. The two, who have not
they've become a strong resource,"
exhibited in Michigan before, met Ariana
Gross explains. "We've grouped the
pieces according to individual
holdings with written informa-
tion so that visitors can learn
more about the people willing
to showcase their finds."
Alex Neshkes of Southfield is
one of the Jewish collectors
who has loaned pieces to the
exhibit, including a vessel form
by Shane Fero, a box by
Kyohei Fujita and an installa-
— Kenneth Gross, director of the Art Museum
tion by Emily Brock.
Project, U-M-Dearborn.
Neshkes, who purchased
much of his collection while
on business travels, has been a
volunteer at- the Berkowitz Gallery and staff at an art show in another state.
"We believe that the collaboration
helped install earlier exhibitions.
gives more views on one subject," says
"Alex is fascinated by the material
Gilula, whose studio offers classes and
and first became acquainted with glass
workspace to other artists. "We also
art through Habatat Galleries," Gross
think collaboration gives more
explains. Habatat was at the center of
strength to each sculpture and can
launching Michigan Glass Month.
open greater dialogue among the peo-
Jerome and Carolyn Ash are other
ple who are viewing each object." ❑
Jewish collectors represented in "Five
from Ten." Among their pieces on loan
are a colorful cameo by Barry Sautner,
an organic form by Marvin Lipofsky
"Metro Glass," on view at the
and a pyramid by Fred Birkhill.
Janice Charach Epstein Gallery in
Other Jewish collectors with hold-
the West Bloomfield Jewish
ings in the show are Richard and
Community Center, runs 10 a.m.-
Louise Abrahams, Warren and Margot
5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 10
Coville, Stuart and Maxine Frankel,
a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays and 11
Byron and Dorothy Gerson and Jean
a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery
Sosin.
will be closed during the holidays,
"We really want to celebrate the
April 17-18 and 23-24. (248)
artists and collectors," Gross says.
432-5448.
"The owners found these works
"Five from Ten" runs through
through exhibits, galleries and auc-
April 25 in the Alfred Berkowitz
tions, and most place them through-
Gallery in the Mardigian Library at
out their homes instead of having cen-
the University of Michigan-
tral exhibit space."
Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen. Gallery
hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-
Fridays. (313) 593-5087.
Abstract At Ariana
"Sculptural Glass" runs
Aaron Frankel and Ian Gilula of
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays
Elements Glass in Portland, Ore.,
and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays at
introduce three abstract sculptures at
Ariana Gallery, 119 S. Main,
Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak. Enigma,
Royal Oak. (248) 546-8810.
Infinity and Rainbow Basket are from
To locate a brochure that lists
series developed for the season.
all Glass Month exhibits, call
"They're from my designs, but we
(248) 357-0783.
collaborate in the process of making

"Most of the works
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