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Posted on: October 8, 2019

27th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition People's Choice Winner

Canton Fine Arts Exhibition People's Choice Award Winner 2019 by Anne Rouan

This year, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill exhibited artwork from the 27th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition bringing together works of some of the best artists throughout southeast Michigan.  The exhibit contains works in a variety of media, including: Oil, Acrylic, Airbrush, Pastels, Inks, Pencil, Colored Pencil, Ink Stippling, Gold Gouache, Photography, and Mixed Media.

This year’s winners include: Best of Show - “Call for Freedom” by Sarmad Al Musawi; Second Prize - “Crucifixion II” by Dario Pabon; Third Prize - “After the Storm” by Jon Lange; Honorable Mention - “Refugee Camp” by Chuck Schroeder; Honorable Mention: “Busking on Bourbon Street” by James Tidwell; Merit Award: “Age of the Goddess” by Jean-Paul Aboudib; Merit Award: “Bohemian” by Susan Perrish; Merit Award: “Dinner for One” by Anne Rouan; and Merit Award: “Lotus Point” by Jason Van Stone.

“This annual exhibition continues to gain a great reputation for featuring some of the best emerging artists in Michigan,” said Joe Kvoriak, Canton Performing Arts Coordinator. “This year’s Canton Fine Arts Exhibition truly presents wonderful works in such a variety of media that are sure to engage all ages and interests.”

Forty pieces were selected by this year’s juror, Kay Masini, who is a full-time artist who paints with various media. Masini works in different styles to explore new ways of communication through art. Her art vocabulary keeps expanding and, with it, her knowledge and appreciation of unique and different points of view.  She has studied styles of Realism and Abstraction and experimented with the different media used in creating art in the workshops of nationally known master artists. She studied at the Chicago Art Institute and for a summer at Oxford University in England. Masini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Dominican University in Illinois. A member of national and international art organizations, she has held offices on the boards in Michigan and Minnesota. Her current memberships include (ISEA) the International Society of Experimental Artists (Signature Member); the Three Cities Art Club; Plymouth Community Arts Council; the International Vriendenkring in Belgium (where she was given a solo exhibition). Her work is included in collections in the U.S. and Europe and has earned many awards.

2019 exhibited artists, include: Jean-Paul Aboudib, Canton; Jim Aho, Farmington Hills; Sarmad Al Musawi, Sterling Heights; Haydar Alyasiry, Inkster; Josh Berliner, Canton; Kathleen Boettcher, Farmington; Mary Jo Caruana, Romulus; Judy Curry, Allen Park; Christina Czaja, Ypsilanti; Dennis Gordon, Ypsilanti; Wan Chuan Kesler, Northville; Jon Lange, Livonia; David Larkins, Monroe; Kathleen McNamee, Grosse Pointe Farms; John Middlestead, Canton; Laura Mocnik, Flat Rock; Dario Pabon, Canton; Susan Perrish, Livonia; Lynda Pietka, Livonia; Anne Rouan, Monroe; Chuck Schroeder, Livonia; Brenda Beene Shackleford, Canton; Donna Thompson, Novi; James Tidwell, Monroe; Tim Tonachella, Plymouth; and Jason Van Stone, Ida.                               

 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. 

 For more information about the Canton Fine Arts Exhibition, please call 734/394-5308 or visit

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