By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Artist’s reception set for Sunday

SNELLVILLE – The art of two area artists will be celebrated at a reception May 17 in City Hall.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Community Room of City Hall, Shirley Shepherd and Michael Uhr will show and discuss their work at the event presented by the Snellville Arts Commission. 

The art will be on display through June.

Shepherd, of Lawrenceville, works primarily in “watermedia” which includes watercolor, acrylic, collage and any water soluble materials to create a wide range of works.

shirleyshepherd 190Left: Shirley Shepherd

She said she prefers the mixed medium processes which give her the flexibility she likes in her creations. She works on canvas, watercolor paper, Yupo and other substrates which she creates to work in a specific manner.    

Her body of work includes traditional watercolor, impressionistic and abstract designs. She utilizes gesso and natural components particularly in collage and mixed media works.  Shirley enjoys creating new and exciting pieces, all designed to interact with the human spirit in each of us.

Still working daily on creations, she also teaches classes at Bethesda Park Senior Center and in her home studio. She can be reached at sms103@bellsouth.net for interest in classes. Shepherd’s work can also be seen on a regular basis at The LONA Gallery in Lawrenceville, at her home gallery and also in solo and juried exhibitions locally and regionally.

Uhr was born in Lawrenceville in 1989, and currently lives in the heart of Atlanta amidst a thriving arts scene. Uhr’s chosen medium of expression is photography. He first gained a love for photography as a child experimenting with disposable cameras and this passion grew as he began to realize the potential of storytelling though the captured image. 

Michael has been commissioned by The Home Depot to artistically reflect the retailer’s brand, with works exhibited at the corporate office and throughout stores, and has recently collaborated with The Centers for Disease Control and New American Pathways to spotlight the refugee community in Atlanta for an upcoming exhibition at the David J. Spencer CDC Museum. He has also partnered with several non-profit organizations to help tell the stories of the important work these organizations do in their respective communities. Uhr is the creator of the current exhibition entitled “Hesychasm: Exploring the Beauty of Stillness and Silence” and his larger work, “Ever On Photography.”