On Display Now 

Canton’s Village Theater To Display
24th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition

Featuring over 40 works on display through October 29, 2016. 

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is currently exhibiting artwork from the 24th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition now through October 29, 2016, bringing together works of some of the best artists throughout southeast Michigan.  The exhibit contains works in a variety of media, including:  paintings, sculptures, mixed media, charcoal drawings, pastels, ceramics, and photography. 

This year’s winners include:

Best of Show – Janet Kondziela for "Peter #4" (Oil Painting)

Second Place -  James Tidwell for "The Conversation" (Oil Painting)

Third Place
- Barbara Gage Rex for " As Time Passes By" (Photo)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Laura Larkins for "Lake View Screen Door" (Acrylic Painting)
  • James Lounsbury for "Flowers #678" (Oil Painting).  
Merit Awards:
  • Janus Benda for "Abstract on Black" (Mixed Media)
  • Janice Dumas for "The Docks" (Watercolor)
  • Kevin McCown for "Rome" (Oil Painting)
  • John Middlestead for "Subtlety in Color" (Photo).

This latest exhibit at the Gallery@VT is free and open to the public: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; during public performances at the theater; and by appointment by calling 734/394-5300.  The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.  

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups.  For more information about this latest exhibition, please call 734/394-5300 or visit cantonvillagetheater.org.

Juror:  EmmaJean Woodyard

Ms. Woodyard, has been a staunch advocate and nurturer of the arts in Michigan for 30+ years and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF) whose mission is to provide support for cultural, arts and recreation activities for Dearborn residents.  She has launched such programs as:  Art in Public Places, a yearlong sculpture exhibit; Youth in Arts Festival; and Pockets of Perception Design Team Project that involves high school students in designing and producing public art.

As President and then Executive Director of the Dearborn Community Arts Council (DCAC) she helped develop a community gallery for the visual arts, produced an annual concert series, developed partnerships with community schools, developed and co-administered the “Art for Young People” program with Henry Ford Community College, planned and executed two annual art fairs and expanded the DCAC’s fundraising development initiatives.  She also was the producer/host of “For Art’s Sake,” a monthly community cable program. 

As Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Dearborn she helped plan the first city art gallery, and developed or supervised programs including children’s theater, Dearborn Youth Symphony, Vanguard Voices and Brass, Dearborn Community Chorus, and summer art for children.

Woodyard is a graduate of Wayne State University and has served on numerous boards including:  ArtServe Michigan, the Wayne County council for Arts, History & Humanities, and Downriver Council for the Arts.  She has served on the grant review panels for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Detroit Bicentennial.

The Gallery @ VT:  2016 Art Exhibition Schedule


September     Cornelis Van Spronsen - "A Life Well Traveled," Paintings

October          24th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition

November      Durwood Coffey – “Fins, Fur & Feathers,” PaintingsDecember    Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild

The Gallery @ VT:  2017 Art Exhibition Schedule

January          Nina Ashraf Asmi

February        “Wax in the D” Collaborative Exhibit by Metro Area Encaustic Artists (Candace Law, Melissa Rian, Kate Paul, Martha vanRaaphorst, + More)

March             Jon Lange ~ Paintings

April              “Loose Threads – Three Fiber Artists Stitching it Together” Artists:  Jan Waller, Leann Meixner, & Joan Potter Thomas

May                Paul Van Heest ~ Colored Pencil Drawings

June                Denise Cassidy Wood ~ Paintings

July                Interpretations II:  Growing Old on the Streets
A Collaborative Exhibit with Photographer Tim Tonachella and 21 Metro Area artists.

August           “Expressions, an Artist Portrait Collection” by Tuesdays at Mary’s ~ Women Artists Collaborative Group

September     Sharlene Welton ~ Paintings

October           25th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition

November      “Grrrls Like Us” ~ Colored Pencil Drawings featuring artists:  Mariel Collins & Andrea Arbit

December      Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild

Free and open to the public on most weekdays (except township holidays)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during all public performances and by calling 734/394-5308, for an appointment.  Schedule subject to change without notice.