Orchard Lake Fine Art Exhibition is back
The Orchard Lake Art Show runs Saturday through Sunday, July 24 and 25, along Powers and Daly Roads, west of Orchard Lake Road and south of Maple.
TTwo Judaic artists – one working on batik projects and the other using multimedia media – will be part of the 18th Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, which runs Saturday through Sunday July 24 and 25 in West Bloomfield.
The two participants also present projects unrelated to Judaism as they join some 120 artists with diverse approaches: paintings, sculpture, glass, fiber, jewelry and much more. Among the fine arts, visitors will be treated to performing artists and the availability of food vendors.
Amos Amit, who grew up in Israel and settled in California, features scenes from the country where his artistic interests started as well as images of Tree of Life and Purim. Some projects shown on large canvases, including depictions of various professions, are also available in smaller framed and unframed prints.
Kari Nidy, raised in Florida and now active in an arts community in North Carolina, provides her own depiction of the tree of life as well as free-form designs that include collected items, such as Israeli postage stamps from time.
“I grew up on a farm, but I always wanted to be an artist,” said Amit, 75, who graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a degree in agricultural engineering and came to the United States to study landscape architecture at California Polytechnic State University. in San Luis Obisbo.
“I saw batik artwork, felt connected to the warmth of the fabric and learned to work with it. I continued to do art exhibitions during my studies, and art took over.
Amit uses white fabric as a sketch base for pencil drawings. In the designs, he changes from light colors to dark colors by separately dyeing the fabric in layers and coating each color layer with hot wax to maintain a particular shade. Once each layer of wax dries, it can move on to the next color.
Amit, who has showcased his work at about 25 art exhibitions a year before the pandemic, is making his second visit to the Orchard Lake Fine Arts Fair, but his ties to Michigan run much deeper. Her daughter Shawni Strzelecki studied special education at Michigan State University and her grandson, Eli, attended Camp Tamarack.
His other daughter, Karen, has followed her father’s initial career direction by becoming a floral designer, while his 48-year-old wife, Linda, takes care of the business side of the artwork.
“My studio is at the back of my house, near the clothesline where the wax dries,” Amit said. “I always bring new projects to art fairs and started adding collage to some pieces using archival papers. I love to see the reactions of people who go to art fairs as I continue to do what I love to do.
For Nidy, art became a means of supporting himself in college before turning into a career. She made jewelry and stained glass designs and went into multimedia turned into wall pieces.
“I have images in my head of how each piece will look when finished,” said Nidy, 52, a single mother of two grown children. “For a work group, I take a thin sheet of clay, I draw on it, then I sculpt it. I incorporate other materials, including handmade papers, as focal points. People give me stuff, like pieces from Israel, and I breathe new life into things through my artwork.
Nidy studied techniques at the Maitland Art Center in Central Florida before entering Valencia College in Orlando and then the University of Central Florida, also in Orlando. As she developed her approaches to projects, Nidy became a member of the American Guild of Judaic Art.
To support himself during the pandemic, Nidy loaded trucks for a large retailer. Otherwise, she does about 30 shows – indoors and outdoors – per year.
“I advise young artists on the art business through Asheville Art in the Park,” she said of times when there was no pandemic. “It’s part of my commitment to give back in honor of the people who have helped me.
“I was supposed to be at the Orchard Lake event last year, but of course that got canceled. Coming back to doing art exhibitions is magic for me.
A leading art exhibition
The Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, voted one of America’s Top 100 Jury Art Exhibitions for 10 consecutive years, has an admission fee of $ 5 to support the Institute for Arts & Education Inc., the association non-profit that promotes the arts and includes a youth competition.
At 3 pm on the Saturday of the show, $ 2,500 in professional artist prizes will be awarded to 18 artists by Margaret Iwanik, judge; Steve Kaplan, Township of West Bloomfield Supervisor; and Debbie Binder, Township Clerk.
The Orchard Lake Art Show runs Saturday through Sunday, July 24 and 25, along Powers and Daly Roads, west of Orchard Lake Road and south of Maple. $ 5. hotworks.org.