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Posted on: October 8, 2018

[ARCHIVED] 26th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition Announces 2018 Winners

Best of Show by Janent Kondziela -  "Lone Iris"

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is currently exhibiting artwork from the 26th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition now through October 27, 2018, bringing together works of some of the best artists throughout southeast Michigan.  The exhibit contains works in a variety of media, including: Oil, Acrylic, Photography, Cutwork, Ink Stippling, Colored Pencil, Woodcut, Watercolor, Porcelain, Graphite, Inks, Charcoal, Conte/Pastel, Pen & Ink, Sculpture, Silverpoint & Mixed Media.

This year’s winners include: Best of Show: Janet Kondziela, "Lone Iris" (Oil); Second Prize: James Tidwell, "Road Trip" (Oil); Third Prize: Susan Perrish, "Rainin' Down On Me" (Charcoal); Merit Award: Travis D. Erby "Blow Heart" (Colored Pencil); Merit Award: Dennis Gordon, "Perilous Journey" (Pen & Ink); Merit Award: Kathleen McNamee, "Gray's Ferry Triangle" (Watercolor); Merit Award: Marilyn Wynne, "Sweet Squares" (Photography); Honorable Mention: J. Susan Aitken, "Tranquil Garden" (Oil); and Honorable Mention: Chuck Schroeder, "The Violin" (Pen & Ink).

“As always, we are so delighted to bring back this exhibition, which has gained a tremendous reputation for featuring some of the best emerging artists in Michigan,” said Joe Kvoriak, Canton Performing Arts Coordinator.  “This year’s Canton Fine Arts Exhibition truly presents art for all ages and interests. Each year, we continue to see wonderful works in such a variety of media and always look forward to it.”

Over forty pieces were selected by this year’s juror Amy Foster, who is a 1994 graduate of the Center for Creative Studies - College of Art and Design in Detroit, MI. Foster received a well-rounded education in the field of illustration, graphic design and the fine arts. While she may dabble in painting and sculpting, Foster’s true passion is drawing and her favorite subject matter is the figure - male or female, youthful or mature, clothed or tastefully nude. In 1999, Amy went into business for herself as a freelance artist and an art instructor. After teaching at a number of local institutions including her alma mater, now renamed the College for Creative Studies, she decided to open her own art studio in Richmond, Michigan. She still travels to teach workshops and some weekly classes, including her latest location, the Atelier Art Studio in Royal Oak. Amy considers teaching to be a true privilege which enables her to share her love and knowledge of art. 


2018 exhibited artists, include: Jean-Paul Aboudib, Jim Aho, J. Susan Aitken, Zainab Arshad, Kevin Brazell, Mary Jo Caruana, Travis D. Erby, Myles Gallagher, Dennis Gordon, Rachel Hinz, Janet Kondziela, Kay Masini, Kathleen McNamee, Alexandria Milot, John Mrozik, John Mullinax, Barbara Eko Murphy, Susan Perrish, Anne Rouan, Chuck Schroeder, Brenda Beene Shackleford, Melissa Sheffer, Will Stanford, Donna Thompson, James Tidwell, Marty Walker, and Marilyn Wynne.


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. 

The public is encouraged to view this free exhibit: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; during public performances at the theater; and by appointment by calling 734/394-5308. The gallery, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, is closed on holidays. For more information about this latest exhibition, please call 734/394-5308 or visit

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