Janice Charach Gallery - Past Exhibits

Fabric of Survival
July 16 - September 19, 2017

Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz (July 16 - September 19)
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 16 | 1-3 p.m.
Docents from the holocaust Memorial Center will be available for questions during the opening

About the Exhibit
In October 1942, after living under Nazi occupation for three years, the Jews of Mniszek, Poland, were ordered to report for “relocation.” Esther Nisenthal was 15 years old and decided to go, instead, with her 13-year old sister Mania and look for work among Polish farmers. The girls assumed new names and managed to evade the Gestapo. They never saw their family again.

After the war, the sisters made their way to a Displaced Persons camp in Germany, where Esther met and married Max Krinitz. In 1949, Esther, Max, and their daughter Bernice immigrated to the United States. Mania married Lipa Kalenberg and moved to Israel, and many years later to Texas.

In 1977, when she was 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to share her story of survival. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, she eventually created a collection of 36 fabric pictures of strong, vivid colors and striking details with a sense of folk-like realism. Meticulously stitched words beneath the pictures provide a narrative.

Side Gallery
Allison Berlin has always been interested in working with clay. “I remember watching my mother use red clay for the small nude sculptures she worked on in our basement in Oak Park,” she says. “I would always sneak downstairs to the basement and touch her tools and see what additions or subtractions where made that day to the ‘naked lady.’”

Today, Berlin teaches ceramics at the Frankel Jewish Academy and works in her studio, Maple Mill Pottery. “Mother Nature is the main inspiration in my work, which focuses on patterns and textures in functional and sculptural pieces,” she says. Her latest series is a ceramic quilt, made from a variety of tiles, that showcases markings prominent in past works.

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Lecture: "Stitching Stories with Wendy Evans"
September 13, 2017

Lecture: "Stitching Stories with Wendy Evans"
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
$5 admission

Quilts, samplers, embroidery and applique have been used to tell meaningful stories, sometimes historical, sometimes religious and often, as in the Fabric of Survival: the Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, deeply moving. We'll explore the beautiful work of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz as well as a range of other stitched examples from the Bayeux Tapestry and Torah ark curtains to 20th century quilts and samplers.

Presented by The Active Life. For questions, contact Rosa Chesler at 248.432.5467

Mosaic Arts International
May 4 - June 15, 2017

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March 5 - April 13, 2017

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