The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to present “Women – Compositions in Color”, a collaboration of artists Graciela Bustos, Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz, and Madalyn Rieksts. Over 30 images will be on display from August 30 – September 29, 2019, in the Gallery@VT, with a special artists’ reception scheduled on September 9, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. that is free and open to the public.
Artist Graciela Bustos’ statement: “For time immemorial, light has been a mystery, an obsession, a gift from God, essential and revered. I’ve learned to capture it and transform it. When reflected it’s magical and infinite. When absorbed, light creates shadows and forces moving objects to dance on surfaces, as in wind-blown leaves in sunlight. I, too worship light. As an artist, I am inspired by its miraculous altering quality. Light’s ability to alter objects, making some appear larger, others smaller and exposing texture and form can only be demonstrated visually. I work with all materials – fabrics, hard surfaces, modified paper, and light itself – to create pieces that defy explanation or logic. The viewer asks, what are these abstracts? Is this a landscape? An ocean? What are we seeing here? My collective vision, with my background in painting, sculpture, and performance are reflected in these latest works.”
Artist Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz’s statement: “Abstract Art appeals to me for the Mystery and imagination of expression it affords. One can look at an abstract Piece and see or interpret a different view from that of someone else. Maybe it is from the subconscious or may be it is a reflection of an idea or view on life. I had the privilege of visiting Spain to see the highly diverse Andalusian architectural art with its emphasis on Geometric design, lines, and calligraphy, inception of abstract art that inspired Henry Matisse, Picasso and other western artists who had visited Spain and saw the great Islamic architecture there. Our world has vast diversity. In a magnificent mosaic of humanity, there is great cultural richness. We can reach out to each other and get to know each other by sharing knowledge and exchanging cultural values and information. With this, truly, we will progress toward an advanced future for all humanity. There is a great space of colors and lines to be traveled with beautiful textures and shapes in harmony, a world of discovery for great uncharted territories that enhance one’s Character.
Artist Madalynn Rieksts’ statement: "Sometimes I have a goal for a shape in mind when I form the wire and stretch the nylon, but often times I bend willy-nilly and see what happens! This is one of the reasons I decided to name the sculptures “Flights of Fancy”. Once the sculpture has been primed, I look at the shape and see if it inspires me in any way. Sometimes it is colors or materials that I see, other times it is themes. My sculptures often draw inspiration from nature both in theme and color, but occasionally are just an explosion of experimental fun! The themes and materials are always fun to create, but the color inspired sculptures often hold a more meaningful journey for me in their creation process. Simply made of wood, nylon, wire, and LOTS of gesso (acrylic canvas primer). Once a color is used up it’s used up. So these sculptures are truly one of a kind, right down to the colors. To apply the custom mixed paints, I use paint brushes, sponges, tooth picks, spray bottles, straws and even hand-picked wild flowers!"
This current art exhibit is free and open to the public: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater, as well as by appointment. The Gallyer@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.