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Posted on: June 4, 2015

[ARCHIVED] The Village Theater at Cherry Hill To Exhibit ‘Healing Art’ Featuring Works By Artists Michelle Mall

Featured works include photographs as well as fiber works.

Photographer Michelle M. Malloch is currently an Interior Designer for Henry Ford Health System and coordinator of their Healing Arts Program. Malloch has always had a passion for the arts and a love of photography. In 2009 she took a life changing photography trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with Monte Nagler. In addition to traveling the state of Michigan extensively, Malloch has also photographed landscapes and nature throughout the United States and Europe.
“I love being able to capture the beauty of nature and architecture with my camera, preserve it and share it with others,” said artist Michelle Malloch. “Taking the time to stop and look closely at a subject opens up a whole new world of composition possibilities.”

Photographer Amy Lockard tries to convey the importance of ‘being present in the moment’ in her photos in order to fully absorb the beauty and healing powers of nature. “I believe that when you are present in the moment you can let go of pain from the past, and fear of the future,” said Amy Lockard. “It is my goal to share these beautiful experiences through my camera to bring peace and healing through art. My photography is primarily of landscapes in nature, with an emphasis on locations in Michigan.”

Fiber Artist Kelly Darke has focused on fiber and textile techniques, along with painting, for over the past decade. Darke currently creates fiber art that incorporates painting, either on the original fabric or on the fiber piece when it’s complete. By combining sewing, embroidery, recycled fabrics and fibers, Darke creates an abstract piece with layers of texture. “I actively think of positive thoughts and peaceful, comforting ideas as I work in attempt to embed those thoughts into the work itself,” said Kelly Darke. “The process is meditative and relaxing for me and I am hoping for the viewer as well. Using fibers and textile techniques is very therapeutic and in addition to creating my own art I work as an art therapist and teach others the benefits and healing aspects of art.”

A special artists’ reception that is free and open to the public will be held on Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill. The public is encouraged to come and meet the artists while experiencing this wonderful exhibit.

This multi-media art exhibit at the Gallery@VT is also free and open to the public: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater; as well as by appointment by calling 734/394-5300. The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, 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 information about this latest exhibition, please call 734/394-5300 or visit

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