Press Release 11/26/16 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that artist Shirley Howe will have her artwork displayed in the Gallery in an exhibit titled, Seasons, beginning November 1 until December 30.

Shirley Howe studied art at Sarah Lawrence College and Silvermine Art School. She has shown at the Paris-New York-Kent, Batchelier Cardonsky Gallerys and Kent Art Association in Kent, the Mixed Media Gallery, Jessie Edwards Gallery and Heart Space Community Art Center on Block Island, and the Rowayton Art Center. Her paintings are in private collections in states from New England to California, Arizona, and Texas.

It was only after retirement in 2000, when she and her husband moved to Kent, that Shirley was able to fully concentrate on her own artwork.  However, she has been involved with aspects of the creative process for most of her adult life.  She served as a docent at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT, and helped develop a high school art appreciation program for use throughout Fairfield County.  A guest lecturer at the Institute for Visual Artists at Silvermine Art School, she also volunteered as an art appreciation teacher in the Wilton, CT elementary schools.

While raising 5 children, she went back to school to get her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy, following which she had a 20-year career at a family service agency working with children and their families. Through her work there, she gained a new appreciation for the healing power of the creative process by helping clients use art as an aid to understanding and overcoming trauma and emotional turmoil.

“The finished painting is less important to me than the process itself.  The experience is a kind of meditation, a new way of seeing and getting in touch with a reality beyond a particular scene.  I love the out-of-doors, so am naturally drawn to landscape painting. My paintings are less concerned with literal interpretation of place, but attempt to capture the many moods of earth, sea, and sky, and their visual impact on the human spirit.  I think painting is an act of joy, a way of celebrating the beauty and drama of nature.  If any of my paintings strike a similar cord in another person, I feel rewarded and grateful.” remarks Shirley.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, November 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery. The reception will be part of this year’s Champagne Stroll.