This unique exhibit in the Gallery@VT includes 40 works of art now on display through June 29, 2016. The range of works include colored pencil, photography, watercolor, and pastels.
Artist Tina Hotchkiss was raised in Central Ohio on a horse farm and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Sciences from The Ohio State University. After completing her degree, Hotchkiss worked as a commercial and residential designer for 15 years, where she fell in love with the drawing and rendering processes of design.
“Wanting to share the skills I learned, I decided to teach drawing to people and then expanded my skills to watercolor, colored pencils, and pastels,” says artist Tina Hotchkiss. “My goal is to experience more forms of art and expand my horizons at the same time.” Currently Hotchkiss is an event programmer and art instructor at Ypsilanti Twp. Recreation Center, and is also a member of the Ann Arbor Women Artists and Colored Pencil Society of America organizations.
Artist Dennis Gordon’s early body of work focused on etchings, woodcuts and pen and ink. His later work has mostly focused on pastels and watercolors that fluctuate from semi-realistic, to impressionistic and expressionistic viewpoints.
“I believe that good art should evoke an emotion in the viewer,” says Gordon. “(It should) try to do more than capture an image, but also capture a mood.” Gordon received a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Tulane University and has participated in many juried shows. In addition, his art has been featured in many solo and collaborative shows.
Travis Erby is a teacher, artist and photographer whose career has spanned over 46 plus years. During these years Erby has painted, drawn and photographed thousands of images.
“I have always felt honored and blessed that God has granted me the talent to do these things,” says Erby. “The greatest gift he has blessed me with is a passion and love for my work.” Erby attended the Center for Creative Arts and Crafts in Detroit where he received his early exposure and training in drawing, painting and sculpture. Erby continued his education at Ferris State College where he majored in Commercial Art. He then transferred to Eastern Michigan University where he earned a BA in Art Education and a Masters of Arts Degree in Photography. After being employed for 40 years with the State of Michigan as an art teacher at the Maxey Boys Training School, Erby taught art classes in Brighton, Ypsilanti, and at Washtenaw Community College. Erby’s work has also been featured in many solo and collaborative shows.
A special artists’ reception will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 7-9 p.m., providing with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet these featured artists. This collaborative mixed media exhibit at the Gallery@VT is free and open to the public: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; during public performances at the theater; and by appointment by calling 734/394-5300. The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups. For more information about this latest exhibition, please call 734/394-5300 or visit cantonvillagetheater.org.