The 28th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition has chosen the winning artworks entered this year. Winners include: Best of Show: Jean-Paul Aboudib for 'United States of Rome'; Second Prize: Dennis Gordon for 'Thistle'; Third Prize: Chuck Schroeder for 'St. Mary's Challenger'; Juror's Choice Award: Durwood Coffey for “Close Encounter”; Honorable Mention: Sylvia Ford for 'Take Flight: Inside Embry Riddle'; Honorable Mention: Jessica Waterstradt for 'Little Wonders'; Merit Award: Aileen Mozug for 'Palm Abstract'; Merit Award: Linda Klenczar for 'Follow the Road'; Merit Award: Amanda Pringle for 'Spring Day'; and Merit Award: Mary Jo Caruana for 'Pondering his Next Move'.
“We are thrilled to bring back the Fine Arts Exhibition after a COVID hiatus with such continued interest, said Elli Fassois, The Gallery at Cherry Hill coordinator. “This annual exhibition continues to gain a great reputation for featuring some of the best emerging artists in Michigan.”
Thirty-five pieces were selected this year by juror Todd Burroughs, who is the founding director of Atelier School of Art in Royal Oak. Best-known for his realist drawings, oil paintings, and passion for teaching, Burroughs has received numerous awards and honorifics for his paintings.
While attending Columbia College Burroughs was introduced to classical art-making techniques and shifted his study from Abstract Expressionism to Classical Painting methods. He completed a five-year program of study in oil painting techniques at the Atelier Alternative in Chicago.
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.