Exhibition to celebrate Michigan glass artists

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published February 20, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Sometimes, when we pick up a cup or open a window, we forget just how impressive glass can be.

For the artists participating in the second Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition, the luster is never lost. The Janice Charach Gallery, inside West Bloomfield’s Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, will feature incredible glass sculptures and functional pieces by some of the most talented artists throughout Michigan and Ohio March 5-April 13.

The juried show is free to the public and is the result of a partnership between the gallery and Albert Young, of Michigan Hot Glass, currently located in Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center.

“We hadn’t had a competitive, all-Michigan regional show in 30 years, and that was one of the things I had been wanting to put together,” said Young, a Ferndale resident and a noted glass sculptor known for his work combining glass and steel elements. “The idea was to come up with a competition exhibition that people can enter to make something outside of their norm, or something special, and have a renowned jury come in and jury it. A lot of glass people just do art fairs or functional stuff, which is fine; we’re of course looking for top-of-the-line functional work for this too. But it’s about stepping up their game a bit and showing that off to the community.”

Young will be exhibiting his work at the monthlong show alongside artists like Herb Babcock, former chairman of the College for Creative Studies; Alli Hoag, who serves as head of the glass department at Bowling Green State University; and Jack Schmidt, a Toledo resident thought by many to be the glass pioneer of the Midwest.

The show will be juried by Ferdinand Hampson, founder and president of Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, one of the oldest and largest glass art galleries in the United States.

“We are very excited to work with Albert Young and Ferdinand Hampson to bring back the Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition to the Janice Charach Gallery this year,” said gallery Director Kelly Kaatz in a prepared statement. “This is an extremely ambitious project, but everyone involved believes in the importance of providing this showcase for the extraordinary work that is being created by glass artists throughout our region.”

For more information on the Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition, visit CharachGallery.org or call (248) 432-5579.

The Janice Charach Gallery is inside the JCC, located at 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.