Ronit Dayan Vishovski is among 37 distinct glass artists on display at the Janice Charach Gallery
Ronit Dayan Vishovski left a long career in graphic arts to create big sculptures.
Her three-dimensional approach involves bringing together small pieces of mixed materials for abstract connections. As Dayan Vishovski worked big, she thought about doing some three-dimensional downsizing — combining a number of small pieces into jewelry designs, using glass, metal and plastic wraps for materials.
One necklace, titled Charlie Brown, is being shown through April 13 at the Janice Charach Gallery in the Jewish Community Center. It has been juried into the Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition, which features works — many mixed media and conceptual, which differs from traditional glass shows — by some 37 artists from Michigan and Ohio.
Dayan Vishovski, who lives in Beverly Hills and has a studio in Highland Park, began her artistic career in Israel. A sense of missing the Israeli culture — as well as family and friends — is expressed through her current style.
“I’m now always working between sculpture and jewelry, and the necklace I’m showing is from a really big wall piece,” says Dayan Vishovski, whose aunt is famed abstract expressionist Hayuta Bahat.
“I collect plastic from package wrappings because I have an urge to fill things up, and I use these package coverings for my compositions. There’s a void I have to fill because I feel misplaced from Israel. I fill the plastic with glass.”
Even though the necklace is abstract, it reminds her of Charlie Brown, and that’s how she came up with the title. As a finished work, the shape of the part that goes around the neck seems to replicate the shape of the head of the cartoon character. Adornments remind her of Charlie’s ears.
“I believe the connections I find in all forms are unique for me,” she says. “In my work, I use a lot of parts and sections that are not connected, and then I connect them in my mind and through what I build.”
The exhibit, which was organized in 1983, was reinstituted in 2015, and is juried by Ferdinand Hampson, founder and president of Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak. His gallery is the oldest and largest gallery in the United States devoted exclusively to artists working with glass.
Albert Young, glass artist and sculptor operating Michigan Hot Glass Works in Detroit, is helping to organize the exhibit and will be showing his work. Herb Babcock, chairman of the College for Creative Studies Glass Department for 40 years, also will be represented in the display.
In addition to Dayan Vishovski, the exhibit will display works by Jewish artist Alice Frank, as well as Maxwell Davis, Alli Hoag, Ian Zapico and more.
Dayan Vishovski, born in Chicago, was in America as her parents earned advanced degrees at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. She was still an infant when they returned to Israel.
“I always wanted to be an artist,” says Dayan Vishovski, who teaches Hebrew at the Frankel Jewish Academy. “I studied design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and got a master’s degree in art history at Tel Aviv University. I taught high school students for a while.”
The artist also studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and recently earned a master’s degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
For her Cranbrook graduation project, she did a large sculpture called Spaces in Between.
“The piece speaks about the relationship between arts and crafts,” she says. “I try to stretch and emphasize the relationship between the sculpture-object and its usage.
“Although the pieces in the work are mostly non-wearable, I believe they still speak in the jewelry language and whirl between these spheres.
“I use jewelry techniques and methods in an artistic language — such as a line, spot, shape and color — to create a 3D drawing or a composition and build a narrative implanted within. I also try to integrate texture and distorted perspectives within the scenes of the casted parts to suggest endless patterns covering spaces.”
Dayan Vishovski has shown her work at conferences sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Cranbrook events and the Mercedes Benz Gallery in Farmington Hills. She also has been represented through exhibits in Israel, the Netherlands and Italy.
Dayan Vishovski’s interest in glass developed while she was at Cranbrook. Although there is no glass department at the school, students could take their own directions.
“When I put the pieces together, it feels like they had to be put together,” says the artist, married with three children and active with Keter Torah Synagogue.
Although Dayan Vishovski works with precious metals, she also brings in scrap to connect with the glass. Sometimes, the scraps recall what they once were, and sometimes they are reminiscent of the form.
“Similar to my work, I feel like we’re all components trying to find our way in the world and trying to find connections,” she says. “Eventually, I hope we all are suited together with what we had to be.”
The Michigan Region Glass Exhibition runs through April 13 at the Janice Charach Gallery in the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. (248) 432-5579; jccdet.org.