David DiChiera, General Director
The compelling story of
SISTER HELEN PREJEAN,
a Louisiana nun who
becomes the spiritual
advisor to a convicted
murderer on death row.
from page 71
Amidst the grief, tragedy,
loss and anger, it is LOVE
that transcends, unites
*Performed in English
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"I love the feel and taste of wood,"
explains Avisera, whose work is
being exhibited in Michigan for the
first time. "I love taking a plain
piece of wood and watching it turn
into something beautiful as the chips
and shavings come off."
Avisera, who has worked with
wood since 1973, started out making
furniture and then went into the
smaller pieces, incorporating wood-
turning and carving techniques. He
began teaching in 1988 and travels
to other countries to demonstrate his
Dan Kvitka, based in Oregon,
turns and carves exotic woods
inspired by ancient Jewish vessels.
"My work sometimes looks like
ceramic forms," explains Kvitka, an
American Craft Council trustee who
creates jar an•spitcher forms. "I also
do metal work and have made Judaic
pieces that are shown at the Jewish
Museum of San Francisco."
Kvitka, who learned about his
favorite material through his father's
wood shop, adds detailed designs to
"I like collaborating with a beauti-
ful, alive material," he says. " I also
like to show off the grains in the
Howard Werner, an artist
who works out of studios in
upstate New York and
Arizona, creates his vessel
forms by first working with
a chain saw and then carv-
ing. The artist appreciates
the element of surprise in
"My work is sculptural
and not functional," says the
artist, who makes pedestals
he considers part of the
pieces and also designs
tables. "I use a variety of
woods, including palm,
maple and eucalyptus."
Varied works by more
than 15 artists will be show-
cased at both galleries with
more artists represented
through the pieces on loan
from Jewish collectors Gayle
and Andrew Camden, Lili
and Howard Camden,
Lenore and Stanley
Dorfman, Dede and Ozzie
.Feldman, Dottie and Bud
Gerson, Alice and Joel
Goldberg, Bobbye and
David Goldberg, Lillian and
Bernie Hirsch, Joyce and
Myron LaBan, Susan and
Ben Morris, Sue and Burt Shifman,
Jean Sosin and Janis and Bill
"I'm hoping these exhibits and
programs will expose the community
to what can be done with wood art,"
Nachman says. "I also hope the
exhibits will inspire a larger cache of
collectors in the Detroit area."
"Turning Wood Into Art" runs June
8-July 31, at the Janice Charach
Epstein Gallery in the West
Bloomfield Jewish Community
Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-4
p.m. Sundays. Opening reception:
noon-3 p.m. Sunday, June 8.
"Coffee, Culture and Conversation"
lecture by Sean Ulman, curator of
modern and contemporary art, U-
M Museum of Art: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 19 (reservations
required). (248) 432-5448.
"Your Turn — Collecting
Wood Art" and "Material
Interest — Wood Jewelry" run
June 7-July 12 at the Sybaris
Gallery, 202 E. Third, Royal
Oak. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
reception: 5-7 p.m. Saturday,
June 7. (248) 544-3388.