Thursday, October 26, 2023

Fine Arts Exhibition winners selected by juror

Best of Show by Debbie Grifka Chaos and Calm
Winners in the 29th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition include Debbie Grifka who was awarded best of show for her work, Chaos and Calm. Second prize went to Ava Doyle for 'Ludo' while third prize was awarded to Lidia Natanail for 'The Importance of Being Yourself'. Honorable mentions were awarded to  Loralei Byatt for 'Neima' and Alex Gilford for 'Tugboats near Zug Island', Merit award winners were Robert du Nord for 'The White Robe', Michael Morelli for 'Jesus in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee’, Lori Ann Zurvalec for 'Ancient Bur Oak No.2' and Larry Hoxey for 'Radiant Portal'.

“This annual exhibition continues to gain a great reputation for featuring some of the best-emerging artists in Michigan,” said Elli Fassois, The Gallery at Cherry Hill coordinator. “We're hoping that as many people as possible stop in before the exhibition closes on Oct. 29, to select their favorite and vote for the People's Choice Award.” 

Second Place by Ava Doyle Ludo
This year 150 pieces were reviewed by juror Jeff Cancelosi, who is an artist, curator, and photographer who is widely recognized for his ongoing creation of photographic portraits of artists -- national, regional, and local -- working or showing work in southeast Michigan. His artworks have been juried into shows across the United States by curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the DIA Art Foundation of New York, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Cancelosi is also an adjunct faculty member at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He earned a B.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, as well as a B.A. in radio/television, with a minor in photography, from Southern Methodist University.

Featured artists this year included: Jean-Paul Aboudib, Susan Aitken, Loralei R. Byatt, Nancy Coumoundouros, Christina Czaja, Jennifer Davis, Ava Doyle, Alex Gilford, Rarroon, Debbie Grifka, Bryan Grose, Marcia Hales, Tina Hotchkiss, Larry Hoxey, Jenn Kesler, Linda Klenczar, Margaret Larson, John Middlestead, Michael Morelli, Lidia Natanail, Robert du Nord, Robert Piatek, Kelly Potter, James Rodriguez, Jeffery Schofield, Claudia Selene, Nicole Szymanski, Alicia Vasseli, Nancy Wanchik, Michele Wyatt Friss and Lori Ann Zurvalec. 

Third Place by Lidia Natanail 
The Importance Of Being Yourself
The Canton Fine Arts Exhibition began in 1993 as an activity of Canton Project ARTS, a cultural programming body that 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 free exhibit is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 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, call (734) 394-5308 or visit