Current Gallery Exhibit

Canton’s Village Theater To Exhibit "Home" by Sharlene Welton 

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to exhibit "Home" featuring Sharlene Welton, now through October 1, 2017.  

A special artist’s reception and meet & greet will be held on Tuesday, September 6 from 7-9 p.m. at The Village Theater that is free and open to the public.

They say you can never go home but in her painting world, Sharlene Welton goes there often. 
"Home" to the bucolic Downriver backyard of her youth. "Home" to her grandfather's long gone, simple cottage on a lake in Brighton. "Home" to the historic homestead in Canton.

"Home" is where the story begins, the visual influences of childhood memories. Where the love of flowers and trees was passed on by her parents. Where playing outdoors until the streetlights came on was the norm.

"Home", for the past 25 years is now in Canton, an original homestead built by a Civil War veteran, a glorious tribute to a bygone era, with ancient trees and weathered outbuildings, pesky groundhogs and aromatic skunks, and lots of her favorite peony bushes.
"Home" is truly where the art is, and for Sharlen Welton, a fitting title for her solo art show.

Sharlene Welton’s art story is rooted in her childhood. As a youth, her mother’s drawings of women and fashion made a lasting impression. And her aunts were talented painters, ceramicists, and seamstresses. And so it was while growing up in Michigan with seven siblings that drawing and painting made its way into her heart and head.

A leap into the future put Sharlene at Eastern Michigan University where she augmented a teaching degree with art classes. For 21 years she taught…. young children first and then art in the public schools. A combination of art and childhood has always been at the root of her passion. 

Teaching art classes brought back the therapeutic impact of drawing and painting during Sharlene’s youth. It became clear to her that after teaching, she needed to focus more on her creative roots. In 2011, The Wild Beasts Studio in Romulus became a reality. Not long after that, she was commissioned to paint a set of murals of floating child-like whimsical figures in an elementary school as well as several paintings of women for a hair salon. 

From 2015-2017, Sharlene continued her art pursuits by becoming involved with gallery exhibitions and shows in the Detroit area including The Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, Village Theatre in Canton, Plymouth Community Arts Council, River’s Edge Gallery and Huron Valley Council for the Arts, to name a few. Painting trees and flowers with connections to places and childhood memories remains her primary focus. Recently however, she has also been exploring more meditative themes, concentrating on cosmos-like images, the beauty of geometric forms, and introspective realism. 

Sharlene primarily paints using both brushes and palette knives as her tools – however she also likes to explore using a variety of everyday objects as well. She enjoys creating with lush acrylic colors onto canvas, wood and/or walls. For Sharlene, the pleasure of painting acts as both a refuge and an avenue for new adventures and dreams.

This current art exhibit at the Gallery@VT is free and open to the public: Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm, one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater, as well as by appointment.  The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.  The gallery is located at 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, MI, 48187.  For more information about this latest exhibit, please call 734/394-5300. 

The Gallery @ VT: Art Exhibition Schedule


  • September: "Home" by Sharlene Welton - Paintings
  • October: 25th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
  • November: “Grrrls Like Us” - Colored Pencil Drawings featuring artists: Mariel Collins & Andrea Arbit
  • December: Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild


  • January: "Ron DePentu Retrospective Exhibition" by Ron DePentu - Interfaith Quilt - Interfaith Community Outreach (ICO) Displayed in Lobby
  • February: Ray Goss - Drawings and Paintings
  • March: Mustapha Kandouz - Paintings
  • April: "Diversity" - A Photography Exhibit Celebrating Our Cultural and Creative Diversity
  • May: "A World of Animals" by Nick Bair - Paintings and Drawings
  • June: Bailee Soper - Photography
  • July: "Impressionism, Sculpture/Paint" by Dario Pabon
  • August: "People See-People Do" by Kay Masini - Paintings
  • September: Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild
  • October: 26th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
  • November: "Food for the Soul" - Collaborative Exhibit
  • December: Jeremy Rheault - 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.