Janice Charach Gallery

The Janice Charach Gallery hosts exhibitions featuring Jewish and non-Jewish, established and emerging artists. Exhibitions include glass, ceramics, multi-media, painting, fiber arts and photography. The gallery also presents educational programs and is home to a shop with works by local artists. The Gallery is endowed by Natalie & Manny Charach, in their daughter’s memory.

Current Exhibition

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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Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Doors of Perception
Sunday, October 29 - Thursday, December 7, 2017

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 29 | 1-4 p.m.

About the Exhibit
This exciting show highlights the work of 13 Metro Detroit artists who are masters of Contemporary Realism. Using diverse mediums and exploring a variety of subject matter, each artist executes their artwork in a realistic style, whether depicting still life, portraiture, cityscape or surrealism.

Featured Artists
Sandra Cardew | Topher Crowder | Sergio De Giusti | Amy Fell | Melissa Jones | Catherine Peet | Michael Reedy | Julie Renfro | Joanne Rochon | Jaye Schlesinger | Mike Sivak | Krysti Spence | Paula Zammit

Side Gallery: "Jam Session," by Ruth Tyszka
Mosaic artist and musician Ruth Tyszka collaborates with 8 ceramic artists to create artwork that reflects on the musical approach of “call and response,” a method commonly used by Jazz musicians. Each participating ceramic artist provided a vessel to function as the “call,” to which Ruth added mosaic elements as a “response.” The result is a body of unique mixed-media vessels, each showing a beautiful balance between two artist’s styles. Participating ceramic artists include Marilyn Appleman, Larry Elliott, David Hochberg, Kelly Kaatz, Don Massara, Tracy Nystrom, Tracey Priska, and Brenda Supuwood.

Lecture: "Stitching Stories with Wendy Evans"
Wednesday, September 13 | 11 a.m.

$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.


The Janice Charach Gallery provides a forum for the creation, exhibition and interpretation of visually oriented media. We promote works of fine art created by Jewish and non-Jewish artists providing unique opportunities for emerging and acknowledged artists.

Janice Charach

The Janice Charach Gallery at the JCC in West Bloomfield was established and named in the memory of the daughter of Natalie and Manny Charach. A talented and recognized artist, Janice passed away from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in June of 1989. She was 38 years old.

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