Current Gallery Exhibit

27th Annual 

Canton Fine Arts exhibition 

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to exhibit artwork from the 27th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition from October 1 – 26, 2019, bringing together works of some of the best artists throughout southeastern Michigan.  The exhibit contains works in a variety of media, including:  oil, acrylic, airbrush, inks, clay, colored pencil, ink stippling, woodcut, sculptures, mixed media, pastels, and photography. 

A special Artists Awards reception, that is free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, October 4, starting at 6:30 p.m., with the Awards Ceremony slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. 

This year’s exhibition received a total of 137 works of art submitted by 48 artists.  Kay Masini, this year’s Canton Fine Arts Exhibition juror selected 40 pieces representing 26 of the artists who entered the current art show. 

Masini is a full-time artist who paints with various media and works in different styles to explore new ways of communication through art. Her art vocabulary keeps expanding and, with it, her knowledge and appreciation of unique and different points of view.  Masini has studied styles of Realism and Abstraction and experimented with the different media used in creating art in the workshops of nationally known master artists. She studied at the Chicago Art Institute and for a summer at Oxford University in England. Masini holds a Bachelor of Art degree from the Dominican University in Illinois. 

“The world is not just one picture,” stated Juror Kay Masini.  “Each viewpoint, each style begins on an equal footing. When we look at the art of the past we see what the people treasured in that time - and in the future people will look back at our art to see what we valued in the 21st century…Art has its own beauty and truths.” 

This year’s chosen artists include: Jean-Paul Aboudib, Canton; Jim Aho, Farmington Hills; Sarmad Al Musawi, Sterling Heights; Haydar Alyasiry, Inkster; Josh Berliner, Canton; Kathleen Boettcher, Farmington; Mary Jo Caruana, Romulus; Judy Curry, Allen Park; Christina Czaja, Ypsilanti; Dennis Gordon, Ypsilanti; Wan Chuan Kesler, Northville; Jon Lange, Livonia; David Larkins, Monroe; Kathleen McNamee, Grosse Pointe Farms; John Middlestead, Canton; Laura Mocnik, Flat Rock; Dario Pabon, Canton; Susan Perrish,Livonia; Lynda Pietka, Livonia; Anne Rouan, Monroe; Chuck Schroeder, Livonia; Brenda Beene Shackleford, Roseville; Donna Thompson, Novi; James Tidwell, Monroe; Tim Tonachella, Plymouth; and Jason Van Stone, Ida.

Winners of the 27th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition were announced during the awards ceremony on Friday, October 4, 2019. 

Best of Show: "Call for Freedom" by Sarmad Al Musawi

Second Prize: "Crucifixion II" by Dario Pabon

Third Prize: "After the Storm" by Jon Lange

Honorable Mention: "Refugee Camp" by Chuck Schoeder

Honorable Mention: "Busking on Bourbon Street" by James Tidwell

Merit Award: "Age of the Goddess" by Jean-Paul Aboudib

Merit Award: "Bohemian" by Susan Perrish

Merit Award: "Dinner for One" by Anne Rouan

Merit Award: "Lotus Point" by Jason Van Stone

The Canton Fine Arts Exhibition began in 1993 as an activity of Canton Project ARTS, a cultural programming body which provided various arts-related events and activities to the community.  In 2004, Canton Project ARTS was absorbed by Canton Leisure Services and is currently guided by the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts, and Heritage.


One Shutter at a Time - a Photography  Workshop by Sylvia Ford on October 23, 2019 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Save the Date for Next Month's Exhibition:

Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild, October 29, 2019 through November 27, 2019.  On November 6, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,  the Village Theater will be hosting a Free Reception to honor the artists.

november art workshop :

Wine & Weave - a Fiberarts Weaving Workshop led by Cynthia Harris on November 20, 2019 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Art Workshops Schedule

Each month a featured Art Workshop will be held that showcases a unique arts medium allowing participants to sharpen skills, get creative, or enjoy light refreshments while learning something new. 



Workshop fees are $20 per person. Registration is required.  For additional workshop information, call 734/394-5300. 

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The Gallery @ VT: Art Exhibition Schedule


  • October: 27th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
  • November: Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild
  • December: Christine Walters - Watercolor


  • January: Jennifer Farina -“Transmutations”, Watercolor & Poetry
  • February: Melissa Sheffer & Ted Ramsay - Paintings 
  • March: “When There Are Nine”  Sharlene Welton, Sylvia Ford, Patricia Izzo, Rose Lewandowski, Martine MacDonald, Valerie Mann, Charlene Uresey, Alga Washington, Sharlene Welton, and Jeni Wheeler
  • April: Arab American Exhibition - Collaborative
  • May: Alga Washington - Paintings
  • June: Tiera Knaff – Paintings & Sculptures
  • July: Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild - Fiber
  • August: Jim Aho - “Simple Gifts – The Book of Cuba", Photography
  • September: Josh Berliner - Paintings
  • October: 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
  • November: Ilham Mahfouz – Abstract Painting
  • December: Janet Kondziela - Paintings

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