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Posted on: August 2, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Canton’s Village Theater To Exhibit ‘Expressions: A Portrait Collection By Mary’s Artists’

 The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to exhibit "Expressions: A Portrait Collection By Mary’s Artists," a group art exhibit featuring works from over a dozen artists, now through August 30, 2017. A special artists’ reception and meet & greet will be held on Tuesday, August 8 from 7-9 p.m. at The Village Theater that is free and open to the public.

Featured artists include:  Kathleen Boettcher, Candace Brancik, Carole Cooper, Barbara Eko Murphy, Daria Fileta, Sara Hadley, Janet Kondziela, Kathleen McNamee, Kathleen Montgomery, Lynn Newman, Kathleen W. O’Connell, Jane O’Dell, Susan Perrish, Karen Schlanderer, and Mary Step.  Artwork includes over 40 life drawings and paintings. 

Mary’s Artists represents more than 20 artists who attend weekly life studio sessions at Mary Step’s Studio in Novi, MI.  Founded 10 years ago, this unique work space was created after Barbara Eko Murphy and Mary Step met at the BBAC and formed a life drawing group. Mary provides the studio, hires models and collects costumes and props. Barbara leads, coordinates and encourages the artists to show their art in solo and juried art shows.

Mary’s Artists work each week from a live costumed model and in a variety of media to include: oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, charcoals, and inks.  Each artist’s interpretation is uniquely his/her own and many are award winners. A few artists have degrees in Fine Art, others have taken classes at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Visual Arts Association of Livonia, and a variety of workshops with national artists. All artists are committed to the art community found at Mary Step’s Studio and to the value of painting from life.

Mary’s Artists find that their mix of gender, age, religion, heritage, education, and other differences blend well to form a wonderful art community and studio experience. Art is a common passion but a splash of humor and friendship add to the experience.

Each week at the studio you will find creative art souls gathering to drink coffee, discuss news and make art. Life Drawing and Painting are invaluable to the artists as they collaborate with models to create masterpieces. Mary’s Artists hope that the viewer feels inspired when attending our collective portrait show.

This current art exhibit at the Gallery@VT is free and open to the public: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 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 or visit

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