Art around the block

. May 29, 2012.

I have yet to meet a Washtenaw County artist who doesn’t relish having guests at their home studio. Janet Kelman and friends go one step further.  On Saturday, June 11, from 10am to 6pm, they are staging a block-party/happening, with food, drink, live music and yes, of course, art.  At Kelman’s studio you can see her incredible glass work and back yard studio and garden.  I’ve been watching her career blossom since 1975 when she had her store front and glassblowing furnace (that she welded together herself) in Royal Oak.  It was all second nature to her, having just come off a degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan.  For the past decade she has developed her “seafan” technique, cutting and carving large glass plates, then “slumping” them in her electric kiln to create what you see if you’re scuba diving in the tropics.  At Kelman’s house will also be Claudia Hershman and her amazing technicolor collagraph prints. Hershman makes her plates, inks and prints, but then adds additional elements that she sews or glues on. 1410 Barnard, 734.389.0454.