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Arts Life

AFFORDABLE ART

from page 29

and instructional centers with student
showrooms.
"Clients looking for art that costs less
than $500 can find that through
young, talented artists or even estab-
lished artists selling smaller works,"
explains Christine Schefman,. director
of District Arts. "We carry prints by
Jay Lefkowitz that sell for $200."
The Danielle Peleg Gallery in West
Bloomfield also represents a wide span
of artists whose works sell at a wide
span of prices. Peleg advises collectors
on budgets to look for the works of
artists just starting.out.
"We have lots of pieces — paintings,
sculpture, ceramics — by Israeli
artists," Peleg says. "One of our newer
artists is Leo Ray, who does abstract
paintings in oil on canvas. He is won-
derful in his color quality."
Judith Primak, owner of the Detroit
Gallery of Contemporary Crafts in the
Fisher Building, offers all kinds of
works except for paintings. Her range
of prices is geared to patrons looking
for items — porcelain, blown glass,
furniture — costing less than $500.
"People looking for art should look
around as much as they can by going
to galleries and art fairs," says Primak,
who features pieces by artists working
locally or outside the area. "Only the
experience of seeing many things helps
buyers sort out what they like and
makes them ready to trust their own

taste.
Anne Kuffler, owner of Ariana
Gallery in Royal Oak, also offers a vari-

ety of media, including paintings, at
affordable prices but considers clay as
the best investment. There are many
pieces that can be functional as well as
decorative.
"We've been carrying the work of
Maishe Dickman, who has been fea-
tured in Ceramics Monthly," Kuffler
says. "He is a Jewish artist who has
done wonderful platters and teapots."
All kinds of art are available at three
centers where the bulk of profits for
specific pieces go to member artists
who made them and help with opera-
tions — the Lawrence Street Gallery in
Ferndale, Washington Street Gallery in
Ann Arbor and the Detroit Artists
Market. When commercial commis-
sions are not required, the price of each
work is lower than it otherwise might
be.
Marilyn Blinder, who showcases
mixed-media paintings, is one of the
Jewish artists whose work is shown at
the Lawrence Street Gallery, which
used to be located in Pontiac.
"Each of the 32 members gets 9 feet
of display space each month, and I
have two collages that I'm currently
showing," says Blinder, who will have a
large exhibit in September. "We also
have to work in the gallery two after-
noons a week."
The Lawrence Street Gallery joins a
number of galleries recently moved to
Ferndale. The Batista Gallery, for
example, is a neighbor offering artwork

AFFORDABLE ART on page 33

Galleries At A Glance

Art enthusiasts keeping to personal budgets can find all kinds of work
in galleries that have a range of media and prices — a couple even as
low as $3 for original greeting cards. The list below provides location
information on some of the art centers serving clients scouting items
costing $500 or less:

Arnold Klein Gallery
32782 Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak
(248) 647-7709

Ariana Gallery
119 S. Main St.
Royal Oak
(248) 546-8248

Art Leaders Gallery
33030 Northwestern Hwy.
West Bloomfield
(248) 539-0262

Batista Gallery
756 Livernois
Ferndale
(248) 544-4627

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 S. Cranbrook
Birmingham
(248) 644-0866

Carol & James Gallery
29764 Woodward
Royal Oak
(248) 541-6216

Cary Gallery
226 Walnut Blvd.
Rochester
(248) 651-3656

Center Galleries
301 Frederick Douglass
Detroit
(313) 664-7800

C POP Gallery
4160 Woodward
Detroit
(313) 833-9901

Danielle Peleg Gallery
4301 Orchard Lake Rd.
West Bloomfield
(248) 626-5248

Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward
Detroit
(313) 832-8540

"Into the Woods," a print by Huntington Woods artist Jay Lefkowitz, at District
Arts Gallery in Birmingham

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2004

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Detroit Gallery
of Contemporary Crafts
104 Fisher Bldg.
Detroit
(313) 873-7888

District Arts Gallery
955 S. Eton
Birmingham
(248) 258-9300

Gallery Animato
574 N. Old Woodward
Birmingham
(248) 644-8312

Janice Charach Epstein Gallery
6600 W: Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield
(248) 432-5449

Lawrence Street Gallery
22620 Woodward
Ferndale
(248) 544-0394

Park West Gallery
29469 Northwestern Hwy.
Southfield
(248) 354-2343

Pewabic Pottery
10125 E. Jefferson
Detroit
(313) 822-0954

The Print Gallery
29173 Northwestern
Southfield
(248) 356-5445

Revolution Gallery
23257 Woodward
Ferndale
(248) 541-3444

Washington Street Gallery
120 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor
(734) 761-2287

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