Watercolors flow through Janice Charach Gallery

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 27, 2015

 A watercolor painting by Robert Hubbach titled “Seawall #4” is displayed in the Water Color Society exhibit.

A watercolor painting by Robert Hubbach titled “Seawall #4” is displayed in the Water Color Society exhibit.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Art fans can immerse themselves in watercolors at the 68th annual Michigan Water Color Society exhibit on display at the Janice Charach Gallery through July 16.


The exhibit opened May 17, and anywhere from 300-400 people attended the opening reception, according to Kelly Kaatz, Janice Charach Gallery director.


After July 16, the traveling exhibit will be on display in Escanaba, at Central Michigan University and at Studio 1219 in Port Huron. In the past, the annual exhibit has been showcased throughout the state, even in the Upper Peninsula.


The Michigan Water Color Society was formed by a group of young artists in 1946 to promote watercolor art in Michigan. The society has a couple hundred members, according to Marilynn Thomas, publicity chair for the society.


The 68th annual exhibit consists of 80 pieces — which were juried by Robert Burridge  — that were created by about 70 artists. New this year is a student category aimed at engaging younger people, Thomas said.


“Watercolor has never been considered, for some reason, as exciting or as collectable as oil. There are a lot of people interested; there are a lot of good watercolorists in Michigan,” Thomas said. “(The exhibit) … is everything from extremely abstract to extremely detailed and realistic.


“Some people will probably look at some of the paintings and say, ‘That’s watercolor?’”


Almost every state has a watercolor society, but not every state has a society for oil artists, Thomas said. When Michigan artists aren’t displaying their work locally, they typically send pieces to national and various state societies, Thomas added.


Thomas said that people should visit the exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery to see the wonderful work that Michigan artists have created.


“Some of them are really amazing and different,” Thomas said.


The Janice Charach Gallery organizers had discussed working with the Water Color Society for years, and Kaatz said she was pleased that the gallery was finally able to host an exhibition. Most of the artists, she said, haven’t shown pieces at the gallery prior to the Water Color Society’s exhibit.


“For us, it’s bringing in new-to-us talent, and I’m always excited when new artists are coming through, and that also brings a lot of people … to the gallery who have never been here before,” Kaatz said.


The Janice Charach Gallery is located inside the Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.

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