arts & entertainment
The Janice Charach Gallery's new exhibit and
sale highlights shoes, purses and mahjong.
both admired and used.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz has created a collection
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of endearing purses made of vintage book covers.
Each includes a small handle atop a purse made
hat is the purpose of existence?"
of two book covers with fabric on the side to cre-
"Where is God when people suffer?"
ate a cozy space for a favorite lipstick, cell phone
and "What, exactly, do women want?"
are among the greatest existential questions man
The exhibit also offers something for anyone
may ponder in his lifetime.
has ever wondered, "Dishes. Silverware. Pots.
Comedian and Simpsons writer Mimi Pond
can't I think of a wedding gift that doesn't
offered guidance when it came to that third ques-
to do with the kitchen?" Included is
tion."What do women want?" she asked."Shoes:'
bridal shoes by artist Margo
Of course, purses rank right up there, too. And
words "I Do!" on the bottom.
a good game of mahjong. Plus a date with George
a pair of shoes —
Clooney and Denzel Washington.
a dollar store or a
OK, the George and Denzel thing isn't happen-
Choo that costs
— are only
But the Jewish Community Center of
to think outside
Metropolitan Detroit's Janice Charach Gallery
does have an exhibit running through Dec. 22
Among the gallery's exhibits is a planter,
that features other objets de desir: "Shoes, Purses
spiked, gem-covered heels, complete
or succulent. There's also a ceramic
Each year, the Charach Gallery plans an exhibit
titled the "Serving Shoe"
in conjunction with the opening of the JCC's
like sugar or jelly, or
annual Jewish Book Fair, says Gallery Director
Terri Steam. Many guests of the Book Fair are
Purses, too, take on a totally different form
the usual leather or fabric version; in addi-
"We were completely open to all kinds of art;'
the book handbags, "Shoes, Purses and
Stearn says of the exhibit. So staff put out the
features some clever carryalls made of
word, and what they saw, and heard back, was
,' Stearn says, "the artists never fail
Calls quickly came in from around the world,
including as far off as Dubai (from an artist
And for the maj lover there's jewelry, including
whose animal change purses are part of the
necklaces in rust-red and silver, featuring
exhibit), Thailand and Israel.
glorious wind, dragon and number tiles,
Rachel London Katz is a native of Ramat Gan
tiles that have served as mini canvases
and a graduate of the Bezalel Academy in Israel. A
painted with snazzy works of art.
sculptor, Katz says that a few years ago she began
will be unusual and vintage
sculpting small ceramic shoes, sometimes realis-
the gallery will host a limited
tically colored, more often decoratively painted.
lessons. I I
"Each shoe of the hundreds I have made is
unique,' she says.
Elizabeth Applebaum is a marketing specialist at the
"The shoes are built from the sole up, as a
Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit.
shoemaker works. I enjoy making the hard-
burned, brown clay look like shoe leather, laces or
metal buckles and giving the feeling of the foot
"Shoes, Purses and Mahjong" runs through
that goes inside. Some of the shoes are sexy, some
Dec. 22 at the Janice Charach Gallery
are funny, some are both; and for many people,
the Jewish Community Center in
shoes have a complex, emotional association."
The exhibit is free and
Katz also recently began sculpting handbags.
Gallery hours are 10
Like the shoes, these are "small enough to hold in
your hand:' she says.
"This makes them personal, intimate, like toys."
Information: (248) 432-5579; jccdet.org .
Some of the works in "Shoes, Purses and
Mahjong" are meant to be admired. Others can be
in art by
Carla S. Fox
from mahjong tiles.
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