once stood; James Turrell, an artist
working primarily with light and
transforming the Roden Crater in
Arizona into a large-scale artwork;
and Elliot Wolfson, a professor of
Hebrew and Judaic studies at New
York University and a winner of the
National Jewish Book Award for
'Giving' Through Art
Janice Charach Epstein Gallery exhibits tzedakah boxes.
Special the Jewish News
die Simons gives literal mean-
ing to three examples of her art
on view through Jan. 27 at the
Janice Charach Epstein Gallery in West
Among 35 three-dimensional design-
ers represented in "The Art of Giving:
Artists Interpret Tzdekah Boxes,"
Simons is donating proceeds earned
from the sale of her pieces to the Jewish
"I'm a self-taught artist," explains
Simons, who maintains a studio in her
Bloomfield Hills home. "I teach bead-
ing and jewelry classes."
During the time the charity boxes will
be on view along the first level of the
gallery, the second level will have works
by two area artists focused on the
Holocaust. In a Confined Silence" dis-
plays photographs by Miriam Brysk and
metal sculptures by Henry Friedman.
To extend the artistry and meaning of
the tzdekah focus, the gallery will host
school groups invited to make their
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Janet Kelman's piece is made of pale
sky-blue glass with amber lights to
give the effect of swirling clouds with
light glowing within.
Sixty-seven entries were submitted
to the competition, representing 15
states and 10 countries. The compe-
tition, open to artists of all national-
ities and religions, occurs every two
years but will be on hiatus in 2006
as Spertus takes on building proj-
Spertus has published a 56-page
color catalog to accompany the eter-
nal light exhibit with essays by
artists and jurors. This and previous
catalogs can be purchased through
the Bariff Shop.
"Eternal Light: The 2004 Philip
& Sylvia Spertus Judaica Prize"
runs through Feb. 13 at the
Spertus Museum, 618 S.
Michigan Ave., Chicago. Hours
are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-
Thursdays and .10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fridays. $5 adults; $3 children,
students and seniors; $10 maxi-
mum for families; free on
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are represented in
"The Art of Giving:
Artists Interpret Tzdekah Boxes."
"I'm a multimedia artist, and I work
as an administrative assistant in the
Jewish Life and Learning Department at
the Jewish Community Center,"
Simons explains. "I know the JPI could
use the funds."
Simons, who maintains a Web site
(wwwkippahsecrets.com) to sell
women's religious headwear designed by
her, took three very different approaches
to the theme of boxes traditionally used
to collect money for charity. The three
add to the diversity of the show, which
includes work by artists in this country
While Simons's box Time Is at Hand
features clocks to assert the immediacy
of the need to give, her Royal Flush
builds on a rich castle theme and offers
drawers for receiving donations. His
Hers compares the give-and-take of rela-
tionships to the give-and-take of com-
own boxes and bring food donations for
the Yad Ezra kosher food bank in
Berkley. Large collection containers will
be decorated as giant tzdekah boxes to
hold the food donated by the children.
"The exhibited boxes range from the
beautiful to the fanciful," says Sylvia
Nelson, gallery director. "They are sure
to appeal to all tastes." ❑
"The Art of Giving: Artists
Interpret Tzdekah Boxes" will be
on view through Jan. 27 at the
Janice Charach Epstein Gallery
in the Jewish Community
Center, West Bloomfield. Gallery
hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-7
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