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Posted on: August 2, 2022

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill To Feature Photography Exhibition By John Middlestead

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The Village Theater at Cherry Hill welcomes the featured works of artist John Middlestead in a new and unique exhibit, entitled “Black & White and a Splash of Color”, in The Gallery at Cherry Hill now through  August 29, 2022. 

Artist John Middlestead’s selection of works includes photography of subject matters from grand landscapes of National Parks to intricate designs of flowers on the kitchen counter. His work is created by using a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, as well as utilizing a converted DSLR for infrared black and white images viewers will see showcased in this exhibit. “A camera is a tool, much like a painter’s brush, and the person behind the camera is the artist,” states John Middlestead. “My photographic vision as an artist and photographer is to capture images that touch and calm my soul, as well as those who look at my images. In this age of instant everything, I desire a pause in the action, a time to enjoy a scene or detail often missed, to be able to reflect and to share what I have seen.” Middlestead hopes audiences enjoy his work and have the opportunity to spend a moment or two with each scene reflecting on the beauty that surrounds us every day.

John Middlestead has lived the majority of his life in Canton, Michigan, and currently resides with his wife Joan in South Lyon. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Industrial Design, with a minor in Photography, from Michigan State University and a Master in Business Administration from Wayne State University. During the later years of a thirty-two-year career at Michigan Consolidated Gas (MichCon), now part of DTE Energy, John started re-inventing himself as a fine art photographer. It was the classic case of “what are you going to do when you grow up?” In 2002, Middlestead started the process by honing his photographic skill set by taking courses with local and national instructors, including Monte Nagler, Tim Cooper, Nancy Rotenberg, Doug Johnson, Elizabeth Stone, Susanna Gaunt, and many others. This technical training and development have resulted in images that have appeared at the Canton Fine Arts Exhibition; Plymouth Council of the Arts; International Ecotourism Society in Washington D.C.; Art Crawl in Plymouth, MI; Oakwood and Beaumont Hospitals of Southeast Michigan; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital; Westland City Hall Gallery; Livonia City Hall; and TCF Bank (Canton). Middlestead has been a featured artist in Art Showcase Magazine and has received a variety of awards for his work. He is also a member of the Three Cities Art Club and Livonia Camera Club.

This art exhibit at The Gallery at Cherry Hill is free and open to the public during gallery hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.; during all public performances; or by special appointment arranged via email to elli.fassois@cantonmi.gov.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, MI, 48187, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of 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 www.cantonvillagetheater.org