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New At The Charach

A new exhibit glows within the recently renovated gallery.

Suzanne Chessler Contributing Writer

Artwork created especially for the latest exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery will be enhanced by brand new lighting and ceiling colors that have been brought into the display space over the past three months.

“Outside In: Artists of the Detroit Landscape,” an exhibit that features smaller works by 12 local street artists, will be on view through Dec. 6 to showcase indoors the varied approaches mostly seen alfresco.

“Visitors will get a sense of what’s going on at art parks and art happenings,” says Kelly Kaatz, gallery director. “The broad range of works — paintings, mixed media, sculpture — will include portraits of strong African American women by Sydney James and a series of abstract landscapes by Malt.”

These two artists and the others who are participating in this show have adapted their usually expansive styles so each could provide more than one work of art.

“The state-of-the-art lighting makes the displayed artwork seem to glow,” says Kaatz, who curated the exhibit. “We also have added a new sound system for the times when we have speakers in the gallery.

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“The renovations have been needed for a long time. We had damaged ceiling tiles that were obsolete, and we could find no replacements. Now we have a new ceiling all in white with updated tiles. The overall look is clean and contemporary.

“The old lights could only be turned on or off, and now we have LED lights with dimmer switches. Guest speakers will have cordless microphones to provide topnotch sound quality.”

The renovations were made possible by a generous donation from the late artist Prudence Bernstein, whose work had been on display at the gallery as well as other area venues.

“We are very grateful for Prudence’s work and her donation,” Kaatz says. “We also are grateful for the artists represented in ‘Outside In’ as they provide a cross-section of the most celebrated and prolific artists in Detroit.

“Their work has been in the forefront of the exciting and groundbreaking Detroit art movement, recognized internationally. It is a privilege to gather so many of these artists together in one place for an intimate look at their art and inspiration.”

Kaatz is also pleased with the new pieces of small art that are being offered at the modernized gallery gift shop. There are glass designs by Rebecca Silverman, scarves by Michael Daitch and jewelry by Susan Kaplan.


“Outside In: Artists of the Detroit Landscape” will be on view through Dec. 6 at the Janice Charach Gallery inside the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. (248) 432-5579;

Suzanne Chessler

Suzanne Chessler’s writing-editing career has spanned many years, and her articles have been featured in secular and religious publications across the state and around the country. There was a period of time when she maintained three regular columns in three different publications – one appearing weekly to spotlight metro volunteers, another appearing weekly to profile stage enthusiasts in community theater and a third appearing bimonthly to showcase upcoming arts programs. Besides doing general reporting, she has had continuing assignments involving health, monetary subjects and crime. Her award-winning work builds on majors in English-speech and journalism earned at Wayne State University, where instructors also were writers-editors on Detroit’s daily newspapers.

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