The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to exhibit ‘Transmutations,” featuring over 20 works by Artist Jennifer Farina on display January 3 - January 29, 2020, in the Gallery@VT.
Featured works include watercolor paintings that have titles written directly onto them, in either a simple phrase or a full poem. Artist Jennifer Farina believes that these words are essential to her paintings being complete.
“My painting and writing start with my experience of the natural world and then leads inward and outward at the same time,” stated Jennifer Farina. “The daily reading of the sky, the leaves on the trees, the behavior of birds, the lichen on a log, the flowers in bloom, the current of the river, the position of the planets, moon, and stars are the things that make me feel alive.”
This talented artist currently works creatively in writing, graphic design, drawing, painting, and photography and is currently a writer for a design business that she started in Ann Arbor along with two partners. Originally an art history major, Farina ultimately earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with concentrations in Art History, English, and Women’s Studies.
Her watercolor paintings are created early in the morning or late in the evening on an old drafting table that is positioned near several windows, where she has the feel for the sky, time of day, and a view of the tree line across the way.
Farina describes her current collection as: “One thing becomes another. This is the story of many things in nature: the river, the leaf, the rock, the star, the butterfly, the tree.… It is also the story of people and ideas. Every day—every moment—changes us. Sometimes it is as dramatic as the metamorphosis that we see in nature, sometimes it is only when we stop to look back that we realize how much we have changed, and what made it happen. It can also be the not changing, the not becoming another thing that is startling. To me, this is what these paintings represent: the blank piece of paper, putting down marks to see what they can become, to add words and see what feeling emerges from that, and finally to share them with others and have it become yet another thing.”
This art exhibit at the Gallery@VT is also free and open to the public: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater; as well as 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.