ROMANCING E FIGURE
A Ilan Ash akiays has been interested in faces --
II a first as an orthodontist and later as a painter
Both pursuits have tapped into overlapping skills.
When Ash was working in his dental specialty,
he would do face and jaw sketches to plan for
braces. Since retiring from his dental practice, he
applies his understanding of facial bone structure
to his oil images.
Ash, 74, will show the results of his recent artistic
projects Sept. 1-Oct 9, when he displays his can-
vases at the Woods Gallery in the Huntington
Woods Library. The title of the exhibit,
"Romancing the Figure," relates to his affection for
the reality of the human form, and he will discuss
his approach at a reception scheduled 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 4.
"I use models, but In not really interested in
painted likenesses," says Ash, who uses defined col-
ors in broad strokes. The paintings are vehicles for
expressing my feelings."
Although Ash had enjoyed drawing since child-
hood, he didn't become serious about art until 10
years ago, when retirement opened hours of oppor-
tunity. He studied at the Birmingham Bloomfield
Art Center and set up a studio in his home.
When I started, I didn't think about exhibi-
tions, but people at the BBAC suggested that I
enter shows," says Ash, whose paintings have been
on view at the Our Town exhibit in Birmingham,
Kettering University in Flint, Canton Fine Arts
Exhibition, Livonia Exhibition of Fine Arts and
the Lawrence Street Gallery in Pontiac. "Being
juried into shows has validated my interest."
Ash usually surrounds his subjects with interior
settings, some from his imagination.
"My hours in front of the easel go very quicldy,"
says Ash, a member of Congregation Beth Shalom.
"Whenever I paint, I feel I'm fulfilling an inner
Ferndale's Magic Bag hosts Mark
A fine arts show with 80 artists, musi-
Pazman's Supersession, a rock 'n' blues
cal performances and children's projects,
jam featuring Bill Alton, Dave Roof,
Art on the Green runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Skeeto Valdez and more, Saturday, Aug.
Monday, Sept. 1, in downtown
30. Doors at 8 p.m. $7. (248) 544-3030.
Franklin. (248) 594-3093.
DTE Energy Music Theatre presents
The Institute for Retired Professionals'
classic rocker Peter Frampton, 7:30 p.m.
11th annual Photo-Art Show, continu-
Saturday, Aug. 30, $18.50-$32.50; and
ing through Aug. 31 at the Jewish
GAIL Z IMMERMAN
Poison, in a replay of its "Harder, Louder,
Community Center in West Bloomfield,
Arts cb- Ell terra n men t
Faster" tour, with special guests Vince
over to the Jimmy Prentis Morris
Neil and Skid Row, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug.
Building in Oak Park from Sept 2-19.
31, $23-$38. (248) 645-6666.
(248) 967-4030, Ext. 2018.
The Ark in Ann Arbor welcomes the Del
Benefiting Paint Creek Center for the Arts, the
McCoury Band, winner of dozens of International
38th annual Arts & Apples Festival, featuring 340
Bluegrass Music Association awards, with the RFD
artists, entertainment, food and children's activi-
Boys, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. $22. (734) 761-1451.
ties, runs 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Contemporary country music band Lonestar
Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5-7, at
plays Sterling Heights' Freedom Hill
Rochester Municipal Park in Rochester. $5 dona-
Amphitheatre 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. $15-
tion. (248) 651-4110.
$45. (248) 645-6666.
The Ann Arbor Council for
Traditional Music and Dance
presents Dancing in the Streets
2003, featuring six dance areas
with live musicians, including
contra, swing, Cajun,
Scandinavian, square, belly and
English country dancing, 2-7
p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in the
downtown Main Street area of
Ann Arbor. Free admission. (734)
Dennis Miller brings his acerbic
wit to DTE Energy Music Theatre
7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1.
$18.50-$32.50. (248) 645-6666.
Yoko Ono: "Freight Train," 1999, American; boxcar with light and sound
Uptown Entertainment presents a new Classic
Film Series every Wednesday (films run several
times between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.)'beginning
Sept. 3, at the Birmingham 8, $5.50; and a
Family Film Series, taking place every Saturday
and Sunday (with screenings at noon and 2:45
p.m.) beginning Sept. 6 at the Uptown Palladium
12, $5.50 adults/$3 children. For more informa-
tion, call (248) 644-FILM.
Freight Train, a 1999 outdoor sculpture by
Yoko Ono, is a German boxcar riddled with bul-
lets and set on a short segment of railroad track;
light and music emanate from inside, evoking the
pain of spirits trapped within. The piece is "a
work of atonement for the injustice and pain
we've experienced in this [20th] century, express-
ing resistance, healing and hope for the next cen-
tury," said Ono. Thanks to a gift from Gilbert
and Lila Silverman, the work will be installed on
the southwest lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts
in early September and remain there till early
spring. (313) 833-7900.
THE SMALL SCREEN
Detroit Public Television-Channel 56 screens
the American Masters series production of
Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Hollywood
Blacklist 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3. Check your
The third annual Woodward Auto Heritage
Poker Run is slated for 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 7, beginning with registration at the Walter
P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. $50 per
car/up to six participants. (313) 833-1405.
THE BIG SCREEN
"Romancing the Figure" will be on view
Sept. 1-Oct. 9 at the Woods Gallery in the
Huntington Woods Library, 26415 Scotia.
Opening reception: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
4. (248) 543-9720.
THE ART SCENE
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