Current Gallery Exhibit


Contemporary Candescence: Beauty of light & color

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to exhibit the paintings of J. Susan Aitken now through August 28, 2019.

There will be a free reception honoring the work of J. Susan Aitken on August 1, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Artist Statement of J. Susan Aitken

J. Susan Aitken's distinctive personal style is a modern interpretation of the 12th century art form of stained glass.  A combination of intricate line and luminous color, her oil paintings emanate elegance and serenity.  When asked why she paints this way, Susan replies, "During a wonderful journey I made with my children years ago, we experienced stained glass masterpieces in France and Italy that took my breath away.  The light and color were unforgettable."  Fast forward to two years ago when she began experimenting with oils, and adding a love for illustration and the bold lines of batik, the outcome has been a unique style of painting incorporating encased shapes of color and defined lines woven in complex design.  

Aitken's most current work weaves nature with elements of storytelling, utilizing statues and gargoyles.  Several paintings explore the historical link more deeply by revealing imagery and symbolic intent, such as Tranquil Garden  or  Frogoyle: Escape from Washington Cathedral.  Three-dimensional forms are pulled from their places of origin and placed within a framework of stained glass to create an alternative narrative.

About j. susan aitken

J. Susan Aitken is a contemporary realist painter who lives and works in Canton, Michigan.  Aitken's professional art experience has encompassed book illustration, a Bachelor's in Art with a Certification in Art Education, teaching for over fifteen years and graduate coursework.  Two years ago she retired from painting to set up her painting studio. 

Aitken's artwork has been shown in exhibitions throughout Michigan and Tennessee, including a two-person exhibit in Depot Town Center, Ypsilanti and group shows at  Madonna University, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Angela Hospice in Livonia.  Most recently her paintings were featured in a solo exhibit in the Civic Center Fine Arts Gallery in Livonia and Beaumont Hospitals Grosse Pointe and Trenton locations.


Easy Faux Stained Glass Workshop on August 14, 2019 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Save the Date for Next Month's Exhibition:

Women~Compositions in Color, featuring works by Graciela Bustos, Ilham Mahfouz, and Madalynn Rieksts , August 30, 2019 through September 29, 2019. Free Reception on September 9, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

september art workshop :

Art & Yoga Workshop on September 18, 2019 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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The Gallery @ VT: Art Exhibition Schedule


  • August: J. Susan Aitken - Paintings
  • September: "Women - Compositions in Color" Graciela Bustos, Ilham Mahfouz, and Madalyn Rieksts - Abstract Exhibit
  • October: 27th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
  • November: Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild
  • December: Christine Walters - Watercolor

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.