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.

Essence of Life
January 8 - February 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 8 | 1-4 p.m.

The Janice Charach Gallery is pleased to present "Essence of Life," an all-media exhibition featuring artwork focusing on the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat.

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Saturday, February 11, 2017—marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. The holiday is marked by eating fruit, particularly grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. It is also a day in celebration of the idea that “man is a tree of the field,” and reflects on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue. Jewish and non-Jewish artists of all media are included, showing artwork reflecting on growth, renewal and nature.

In the Side Gallery: Johnny LZR
Johnny LZR is a self-taught abstract artist living and working in Metro Detroit. He blends acrylic, ink and other media to communicate certain feelings, ideas and mind processes unexplainable in words, through colors, shapes and images. Gathering inspiration from unknown lifeforms and creating psychedelic sounds in various Detroit bands (he is a musician, mostly synthesizers and keyboards), Johnny starts with an idea and lets the process take control.

Exhibition Poster (PDF)

Coloring, Chocolate and Conversation – a Tu B’ Shevat Themed Adult Coloring Workshop
Thursday, January 19 | 1 p.m.
$2 per person

Tour the exhibition in the Gallery and then meet at the Henry & Delia Meyers Library for coloring and refreshments. RSVP to Francine Menken: [email protected] | 248.432.5546.

Hand Lettering Workshop, Instructed by Elana Hopman
Sunday, January 29 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
$30 ($25 for JCC members)

Please join us for a Hand Lettering workshop in the Janice Charach Gallery. Learn to create beautiful lettering with Elana Hopman, a local calligrapher and hand lettering artist. Each attendee will receive instructional materials, all necessary supplies, and will leave with a finished hand-lettered print.
Attendees must pre-register by January 23. Sign up online or by calling Kelly Kaatz: 248.432.5579.

Elana Hopman is the owner of Lana's Lettering, a calligraphy company in Birmingham, Michigan. She has more than 10 years of experience in the arts of calligraphy and hand lettering, and has worked with clients across the country to create custom artwork, signage, and wedding and bar mitzvah paper goods in both English and Hebrew. Elana resides in Metro Detroit with her husband and 2-year-old daughter.

Interactive Tu B'Shevat Seder, Led by Marilyn Wolfe
Tuesday, February 7 | 1:30 p.m.
$3 per person

Held in the Janice Charach Gallery, featuring music by Ben Opengeym. RSVP to Rosa Chessler: [email protected] | 248.432.5467.

Upcoming Events and Exhibition(s)

Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition

March 5 - April 13, 2017

The Janice Charach Gallery and Albert Young of Michigan Hot Glass are pleased to present our second Michigan Regional Glass exhibition. This exhibition is open to residents of the Toledo area, Windsor area and Michigan. From functional to non-functional, we celebrate everything that glass has to offer. Mixed media welcome, but the majority of the artwork has to be glass and original in concept by the artist.

This exhibition will be juried by Ferdinand Hampson.

Accepted artworks must be dropped off to the Janice Charach Gallery Wednesday, February 15 or Thursday, February 16, 2017. If you are shipping your artwork, make sure it arrives to the gallery by February 16. Please note, the artist is responsible for shipping costs to and from the gallery. Please click below to learn more.

Call for Art - Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition


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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