In Bloom features four contemporary women artists—Denise Cassidy Wood, Sandy Dekker, Maria Latour, and Shadia Derbyshire—who capture the beauty and vibrancy of flowers with their own distinctive style.
Denise Cassidy Wood enjoys the versatility of acrylic paint and the opportunity it provides to integrate mixed media. Being inspired by the serenity of nature and the energizing effect of brilliant colors, flowers provide a beautiful palette for her to explore. Denise has a great passion for creating colors and textures which bloom into bold, vibrant flowers.
Sandy Dekker loves using fabric, thread, paints and photography. She combines printed fabrics of her floral photographs with free motion quiliting to create beautifully textured quilts. By framing the flower with coordinating border fabric and then finishing with hand-stitched binding, she is able to showcase the flower in her work.
Maria Latour combines textiles with encaustics to construct her floral pieces. Her process calls for the surfaces to continually be reworked and layered in response to chance occurrences in the molten wax. Dyed or stitched fabric embedded between layers of wax results in transparencies and a physical yet mysterious sense of depth.
Shadia Derbyshire works primarily in acrylics and collage with a passion for and creating with color. She uses a selection of found papers that are meticously hand-painted, stained, stamped, and stenciled, then torn to ‘paint’ over her canvas. The process results in dynamic and colorful floral pieces with unique pattern and texture.
Exhibition Reception: Friday, May 7, 5 pm – 8 pm. Reservations>>
Raised in the rolling farmlands of western Michigan, Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen has long been aware of the constant interplay of light and shadow caused by the clouds which continually form and drift ashore along Lake Michigan. The vivid richness of the seasons forms a lavish palette that delights her senses and inspires her artistic endeavors. Karen paints outdoors applying oil and cold-wax to canvas with a brush and palette knife. Her plein-air landscapes capture the light, colors, and shapes she admired as a child, drawing viewers into their natural settings.
Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen, Leaning Pine, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″
Inspired by a visit to Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Normandy, France, Pamela Day shares the development of a particular grouping of giant rhubarb—from rising bulb to fanned out leaves—in her Giverny in Spring series. She paints with gouache, a versatile and opaque watercolor, to capture detailed and expressive views of the flora and foliage. Each painting reflects a new stage with a variety of textures, shades of natural colors, and reflections of light in Pamela’s signature “stylized-realism” approach.
Pamela Day, New Giverny, gouache, 26″ x 19″
Reception: Friday, June 4, 5 pm – 8 pm
Dr. William Demray has operated his dental practice Preservation Dental in one of the historic homes in downtown Northville for 44 years, and has been avid photographer for even longer. He annually organizes Short on Words for the Northville Art House’s Arts and Acts Festival, where authors are asked to take a look at Doc’s photographs and write a short story or poem about what they see. His enthusiastic support for local, national and international organizations has been recognized throughout the community as well as featured on an episode of the PBS series Under The Radar. Two years ago, he received the Detroit District Dental Society’s 2019 Dentist Citizen of the Year award for his outstanding community service and commitment to the health and welfare of his patients and community. The Northville Art House is excited to present the photographs from Dr. Demray’s albums that each tell a story in this gallery exhibition.
Reception: Friday, July 9, 5 pm – 8 pm