The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is now accepting entries for the 25th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition, which will be on display October 6 – November 4, 2017. Entries for this distinguished exhibition are currently being accepted through August 21, 2017. Michigan artists are encouraged to enter online at www.cantonvillagetheater.org. Interested artists may also request entry form copies by calling The Village Theater at Cherry Hill at 734/394-5300 ext. 8.
“The Canton Fine Arts Exhibition provides a unique opportunity for Michigan artists to publicly display their works and reach a large audience in the Canton community,” said Canton Performing Arts Coordinator Joe Kvoriak. “This exhibition draws works from both emerging and well-established artists and showcases a broad range of artistic styles and interpretations.”
All media is accepted for this outstanding exhibition. Only digital image files on CDs or USB drives will be accepted for review. Work submitted on CDs/USB drives must be in JPEG format and 300 dpi. No slides will be accepted for consideration. Paintings and hangings should not exceed five feet wide or six feet high, 40 pounds in weight and must be properly and appropriately framed and prepared for hanging. Sculpture dimensions must not exceed 5’ x 5’ x 6’ and 200 pounds in weight. Original works of art must have been completed in the last three years. A non-refundable entry fee of $15 for each submitted piece is required.
The competition will award $1,950 in cash prizes: Best of Show $750; Second Place $500; Third Place $300; two Honorable Mentions of $100 each; and four Merit Awards of $50 each. The Postmark/Hand Delivery deadline for entries is August 21, 2017. Juried result notification will be mailed by September 8, 2017.
This year’s distinguished juror will be Jean-Paul Aboudib, who is a Michigan based artist working and residing in the metro Detroit area. Aboudib has earned a BFA degree from The College for Creative Studies and an MFA in Painting from Wayne State University in Detroit. His current paintings embody a saturated color palette and a painterly approach culled from a variety of expressive realism His work employs not only the technical traditions of classical anatomy and the convincing representation of the figure, but also the multiple psychological complexities, yet subtle nature of his subjects.
Aboudib has exhibited his work in various galleries and exhibition spaces, including the Alden B. Dow Museum, The Forum Gallery at The Cranbrook Academy of Arts, the historic Scarab Club, The Artist Market, The Ann Arbor Art Center, The Pontiac Creative Art Center, The Cherry Hill Village Theater, Madonna University, The Plymouth Community Arts Council, The Tangent Gallery, The Guardian Building of Detroit and The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery. In addition, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Honorable Mentions, Merit Awards and Best in Shows in juried art competitions. Recently, Aboudib was a visiting artist for six months at The Dancing Dog Gallery in Ann Arbor, MI.
A reception will be held for the selected artists on October 5 at 6:30 p.m., with a special program starting at 7:30 p.m. The Village Theater has exhibition hours throughout the year (except for major holidays), Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., by appointment, and during all public performances. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Village Theater, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, MI 48187, 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 additional information about the 25th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition, please visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org or call 734/394-5300.