Current Gallery Exhibit
"Transmutations"-Watercolor & Poetry by jennifer farina
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to exhibit works by Jennifer Farina now through January 29, 2020.
There will be a free reception honoring the artist on January 9, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
artist statement of jennifer farina
These watercolor paintings have a title written directly onto them—either a simple phrase, a full poem, or a haiku—and the words are essential to the painting being complete.
My painting and writing start with my experience of the natural world and then leads inward and outward at the same time. The daily reading of the sky, the leaves on the trees, the behavior of birds, the lichen on a log, the flowers in bloom, the current of the river, the position of the planets, moon, and stars are the things that make me feel alive.
When I first learned about poets and poetry it was like finding out about a great secret. Poetry was confiding and beautiful and dangerous and scary. These people were experiencing the world, the people in their lives, memory, history, pain of all kinds—and love. They were giving it all the attention that it deserved. They were sharing it. It was messy and majestic. Art and artists were the same to me. A teacher of mine once called them ‘rescuers’, they could be depended upon to have already gone out ahead to find a safe spot. They were devoted to telling the truth—compelled to—even in the darkest moments of their lives.
I learned that the art of creating something made the indecipherable things in life beautiful. What it means to be human—a part of everything, but still alone. Seeing things as they are, yet still hopeful.
about Jennifer Farina
Jennifer Farina was born in Hamtramck, Michigan, grew up in Canton, and now lives in Ann Arbor. She has worked creatively in writing, graphic design, drawing, painting, and photography throughout her life. Jennifer is currently a writer for a design business that she started in Ann Arbor along with two partners. Originally an art history major, Jennifer ultimately earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with concentrations in Art History, English, and Women’s Studies.
Jennifer Farina's watercolor paintings are created early in the morning or late in the evening on an old drafting table a good friend gave her. It’s positioned near windows so she has a feel for the sky, time of day, and a view of the tree line across the way where crows, geese, and flickers call to each other and find their way to where they want to be.
January ART WORKSHOP :
Art & Poetry Workshop "Transmutations" - Learn about the ancient art of haiku poetry combined thoughtfully with watercolor painting. Workshop will be held held on January 22, 2019 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and is led by Jennifer Farina, January's featured artist.
Save the Date for Next Month's Exhibition:
Melissa Sheffer and Ted Ramsay -Paintings, January 30, 2020 - February 26, 2020. On February 8, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Village Theater will be hosting a Free Reception to honor the artist.
February art workshop :
Opens in New Window Light and Art Workshop: Decoupage- Learn the basics of decoupage and how to combine it with special paint effects. By the end of the workshop, you will have a beautiful candle holder to take home! Workshop will be held held on February 19, 2020 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Art Workshops Schedule
Each month a featured Art Workshop will be held that showcases a unique arts medium allowing participants to sharpen skills, get creative, or enjoy light refreshments while learning something new.
- January 22: Art & Poetry Opens in New Window
- February 19: Light & Art Opens in New Window
- March 18: Flower Wreath Making Opens in New Window
- April 22: Persian Art & Flavors
- May 20: Jewelry Making
Workshop fees are $20 per person. Registration is required. For additional workshop information, call 734/394-5300.
The Gallery @ VT: Art Exhibition Schedule
- January: Jennifer Farina -“Transmutations”, Watercolor & Poetry
- February: Melissa Sheffer & Ted Ramsay - Paintings
- March: “When There Are Nine” Sharlene Welton, Sylvia Ford, Patricia Izzo, Rose Lewandowski, Martine MacDonald, Valerie Mann, Charlene Uresey, Alga Washington, Sharlene Welton, and Jeni Wheeler
- April: Arab American Exhibition - Collaborative
- May: Alga Washington - Paintings
- June: Tiera Knaff – Paintings & Sculptures
- July: Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild - Fiber
- August: Jim Aho - “Simple Gifts – The Book of Cuba", Photography
- September: Josh Berliner - Paintings
- October: 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
- November: Ilham Mahfouz – Abstract Painting
- December: Janet Kondziela - Paintings
Free and open to the public on most weekdays (except Township holidays) 10 am to 2 pm, during all public performances and by calling 734/394-5308, for an appointment. Schedule subject to change without notice.