The Shiawassee Arts Center opens its Second exhibit of 2021 featuring the work of artists Kimberly DeVoe and David DeVoe of Grand Blanc, Jennifer Ross of Corunna, Karl Racenis of Owosso, Sheila Murphy of Farwell. The exhibit runs May 4th through June 20th. The public is welcome to attend the ‘Meet the Artist’ event on Sunday, May 9th, from 1- 3pm.
Kimberly DeVoe is an award winning artist who works mainly in pastels and colored pencils. Her work is featured in three local galleries, and has been published in both art anthologies and instructional books with worldwide circulation. Her animal portraits, either commissioned by pet owners, or chosen because they speak to her in some way, make up the main body of her work. Having spent much of her life in the Southwest, she now resides with her photographer husband and an Australian Shepard puppy named Midge in Grand Blanc. While drawing she listens to acoustic blues on Pandora.
During his tour of duty in the Navy, David DeVoe realized he would be going to places he might never be able to visit again, so he bought a pretty good camera and taught himself how to use it. During the intervening 50 some years he has never stopped searching for that elusive “perfect” image. His work today is mainly, but not limited to, composite images, products of imagination.
Jennifer Ross is inspired by the important things in her life such as family, friends, and the emotions that we go through during a lifetime. These special moments are treasured and painted as precious memories. Ross believes that life should be honored, so with that thought, her inspirations are executed in a contemporary realistic style with exploratory aspirations. This style helps her convey emotion through color and technique. The strong strokes of color on a larger canvas or thick paper make a wonderfully strong statement/feeling that she hopes to convey to the viewer.
Racneis strives to see the light, even on gray days. Looking for unique perspectives on finely crafted machines or interesting architectural artifacts in beautiful Great Lakes settings, He is inspired by the works of Edward Hopper and Aaron Copland. Karl’s focus was sharpened by a “Pure Michigan” Photo Workshop at Sleeping Bear Dunes. He appreciates well-designed instruments that help him concentrate on the essentials of making straight, unmanipulated photographs of these subjects.
Sheila Murphy is a self taught hobbyist photographer that started with photography about 7 years ago and fell in love. She loves to capture moments in time that most people never notice. I mostly photograph landscapes, nature, old buildings etc. Sheila can see beauty in almost anything!
The Shiawassee Arts Center, located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso, is open to the public Monday through Friday 10-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm. The Arts Center features the artwork of local and statewide artists in eight galleries including the Frieseke Gallery and a specialty Gift Shop. The public is welcome to schedule an appointment and there is no admission charge. SAC, which is celebrating its 49th anniversary in 2021, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts. For more information or to schedule your appointment call the Arts Center at 989.723.8354 or visit www.shiawasseearts.org.