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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Canton’s Village Theater To Exhibit Works By Melissa Sheffer & Ted Ramsay

Artist Melissa Sheffer in action

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to present “Aesthetic Layers of Meaning”, a collaboration of artists Melissa Sheffer & Ted Ramsay.  Over 30 images will be on display from now through February 26, 2020, in the Gallery@VT, with a special artists’ reception scheduled on February 8, 2020, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

Melissa Sheffer is the Visual Arts Instructor for Washtenaw International Middle Academy with a shared responsibility for teaching the 9th Grade Visual Arts for Washtenaw International High School. Currently, in her fourth year of teaching, Sheffer feels privileged to be a part of such a dedicated, diverse, and rigorous program.  A graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts featuring an emphasis in Oil Painting, Sheffer enjoys drawing, painting, and traveling and currently lives in Ypsilanti with her husband Jonathan, daughter Adelaide, and two cats, Milo & Pedro, and her dog, Murphy.

Sheffer’s selection of work is based upon the concept of Illumination.  “I want to draw attention to the things I ― like many people ―often overlook or am too hurried to appreciate,” stated Melissa Sheffer. “It is an invitation to slow down and look at the world more deeply.  When we truly look at something beyond the basic tendency to label it, we are able to experience it more intimately.”

Ted Ramsay is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design at Ann Arbor.  From 1961 to 1964 he taught at the University of Iowa, where he and his colleague Frank Wachowiak wrote the book Emphasis:  Art.  He received his B.A. in studio art and an M.A. and M.F.A. in painting and art history from the University of Iowa.  Ramsay also holds an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Since coming to Michigan, Ted Ramsay’s work has been exhibited in invitational exhibitions and one person shows at the Element Gallery in New York; Gruen Gallery in Chicago; Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Duren, Germany; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan; Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California; Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, Iowa; Gallery WooDuk, Seoul, Korea; Amsterdamseweg 441, Amstelveen, Netherlands; Orszagos Szechenyi Konyvtar Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; and the American Cultural Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.

“Art should communicate on multiple aesthetic layers of meaning,” stated Ted Ramsay.  “For me there is the comprehension of subject matter telling a story, balanced by the aesthetic use of medium and the artist’s personal sense of spatial narration where abstract space and forms define their own narrative (visual) content. All my work is emotional.  It is about the human condition, the feelings of joy, loss, fear, and loneliness.”

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 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

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