Nanci LeBret Einstein will show 12 of her “playful” drawings in the side gallery of the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield.

Nanci LeBret Einstein will show 12 of her “playful” drawings in the side gallery of the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield.

Image provided by Linda Ashley Public Relations


Local women featured in new exhibition

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published June 10, 2019

 Beverly Hills painter Barbara Keidan said the Birmingham Society of Women Painters exhibit will be the first time she’s ever shown her drawings, which are the base of all her painted works.

Beverly Hills painter Barbara Keidan said the Birmingham Society of Women Painters exhibit will be the first time she’s ever shown her drawings, which are the base of all her painted works.

Image provided by Linda Ashley Public Relations

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — When Bloomfield Hills sculpture artist Nanci LeBret Einstein finished her latest multimedia installation — a large and intense collaboration with her husband — she said she needed to take a breath.

She released that breath through water-controlled and graphite pencils onto paper in 12 drawings that are now mounted in the side gallery inside the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield. LeBret Einstein said they are her take on the gallery’s current exhibition theme, “Beyond Constraint.”

“They’re much freer than my other work. I had a lot of fun when I started making this series, and I couldn’t stop making them, because they’re so much fun,” she said. “They convey a real playfulness. They’re spirited, so I think they do a really good job of communicating that to the audience.”

LeBret Einstein is one of 37 artists from the Birmingham Society of Women Painters to participate in the show, which is free and open to the public through July 19. The juried group exhibition features diverse and thought-provoking paintings by members of the Birmingham Society of Women Painters, which celebrates more than 50 years since its founding. The group was created in 1944 and went on to open the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham.

“Our name may be misleading because our organization is open to all women painters across Michigan,” Birmingham Society of Women Painters Vice President Lesley Kutinsky, of Farmington Hills, said in a press release. “In fact, the group is as diverse as can be in painting style, media, ethnicity, age and hometown of each artist. The common denominator is the commitment to excellence.”

The list of exhibition participants reads like a “who’s who” of the southeast Michigan fine art scene, including Carnegie Mellon University-trained Fran Levin, of Troy, who will present her liquid acrylic and collage pieces at the show; and Barbara Keidan, of Beverly Hills, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art from Wayne State University, later teaching her specialities there to future generations of artists.

“I’ve always been known for my acrylic paintings, but this is the first time I will be showing my drawing. There’s nothing more interesting to draw than people,” Keidan said in a press release. Her series includes 4-foot-tall drawings of women in lingerie, ruffled dresses and brocade.

“The drawing is the skeleton of every painting. Beneath every vibrant sunset, bouquet of flowers or portrait is the drawing. It’s the structure for every painting, so this is the first time I’ve shown my drawings, and it’s very exciting.”

The “Beyond Constraint — Birmingham Society of Women Painters Exhibition” and the side gallery exhibition of drawings by Nanci LaBret Einstein will be at the Janice Charach Gallery, inside the Jewish Community Center  of Metropolitan Detroit, until July 19. There is no cost to visit the gallery.

For more information about the exhibition or the Janice Charach Gallery, call (248) 431-5579 or visit charachgallery.org.

The Jewish Community Center is located at 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.

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