Current Gallery Exhibit

"Grrrls Like Us"-featuring the Colored Pencil drawings of Artists Mariel Collins and Andrea Arbit

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to exhibit "Grrrls Like Us", now through December 3, 2017.  

A special artist’s reception will be held on Tuesday, November 7 from 7 p.m. -9 p.m. at The Village Theater that is free and open to the public. 

"GRRRLS Like Us" is an exhibit featuring the colored pencil drawings of Mariel Collins and Andrea Arbit.

The work of Mariel Collins was inspired by her thoughts on the way we define what a "good woman " is going through a cultural transition.  During the early days of third-wave feminism Mariel wanted to create art that was aggressively female.  The series she created is about the various issues and identities of modern women.  Much inspiration was drawn from folk tales and she tried to reinterpret those traditional ideas of femininity in a way that speaks to the physical and emotional power of women.

Andrea Arbit's work uses symbolism to add layers of meaning to traditionally beautiful floral scenes.  The symbols come from art and literature created by different cultures throughout history and from the explicit code the Victorian Era left, which assigned plants to specific emotions, characteristics, or messages.  She also built new metaphors, where she brought her own interpretations, feelings, and aspirations by carefully considering a flower's color appearance, age, or placement within a composition.

To read more about the symbolism she intended, and process of creating these drawings - from conception to sketching to final product please visit her blog at untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com 

About Mariel Collins

Mariel Collins is a Detroit artist, originally from Canton, Michigan.  She took her first art class as a child at The Plymouth Arts Council, and continued her education through Salem High School and finally received her BFA from Wayne State University.

In addition to her main body of work, Mariel takes on commissions in a variety of mediums, and has shown her paintings, drawings, and sculptures across the state.

About Andrea Arbit

Andrea Arbit graduated with a BFA in watercolor and graphic design from Eastern Michigan University in 2010.  Her artwork has been exhibited at the Scarab Club in Detroit, in Eastern Michigan University galleries, in the pop-up Downtown Rochester Gallery Art Stroll, and at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.  Her award-winning senior honors theses, "Flower Symbolism as Female Sexual Metaphor" - which infused historic and cultural symbolism into a series of watercolor paintings of radiant, concealed, wilting, and injured roses - was featured on ARTV's "L'Art Erotique" television program in Quebec in 2016.

Andrea grew up in Canton and has loved drawing with colored pencils on dark backgrounds for more than a decade - ever since taking Intro to Art, Drawing/Sketching, and AP Art at Salem High School.  She currently resides in Rochester Hills.

This current art exhibit at the Gallery@VT is free and open to the public: Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm, one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater, as well as by appointment.  The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.  The gallery is located at 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, MI, 48187.  For more information about this latest exhibit, please call 734/394-5300. 

The Gallery @ VT: Art Exhibition Schedule


2017

  • November: “Grrrls Like Us” - Colored Pencil Drawings featuring artists: Mariel Collins & Andrea Arbit
  • December: Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild

2018


  • January: "Ron DePentu Retrospective Exhibition" by Ron DePentu - Interfaith Quilt - Interfaith Community Outreach (ICO) Displayed in Lobby
  • February: "Brushes, Pens, and Pencils" - Ray Gross - Drawings and Paintings
  • March: Mustapha Kandouz - Paintings
  • April: Haydar Alyasiry - Painitings
  • May: "A World of Animals" by Nick Bair - Paintings and Drawings
  • June: Bailee Soper - Photography
  • July: "Impressionism, Sculpture/Paint" by Dario Pabon
  • August: "People See-People Do" by Kay Masini - Paintings
  • September: Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild
  • October: 26th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
  • November: "Food for the Soul" - Collaborative Exhibit
  • December: Jeremy Rheault - 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.