“I’ve had a few of Shelia Treece’s paintings for a while in the gallery, and I was delighted when she said she was able to do a show as the featured artist in the gallery,” said Sonny Boatman, Guild president and founding member.
Treece’s paintings focus on outdoors scenes and area landmarks, such as the Bloody Pond at Shiloh National Military Park, the Cherry Mansion in Savannah, the north shore of Pickwick Lake and much more.
The artist is the owner of Studio 85 Fine Art Studio and Gallery on South Magnolia Street in Adamsville, Tenn. She teaches art to adults and children several days a week. Her students are encouraged to show their work in the gallery and sell their work if they wish.
She is an active supporter of the arts, as demonstrated by her involvement with a variety of organizations including Arts in McNairy, the Savannah Art Guild, the Corinth Art Guild, and the Tennessee Valley Art Association, to name a few.
For Treece, art is a means to a higher end.
“Art is a gift that God has given to some people, and I try to use my art and teaching to encourage and uplift people,” she said. “I am very fortunate to be able to do this.”
Treece says that art has always been an important part of her life.
“I always liked to draw and do coloring books. You had to stay in the lines or you couldn’t color with me,” said Treece. “A new color from Crayola was cause for celebration.”
Her parents encouraged her artistic endeavors, Treece said, but there wasn’t any art instruction available while growing up. So she taught herself.
“My art education has been from experimenting on my own, learning to draw by just looking at an object and drawing what I see,” she explained.
But there is one artist who has been a crucial part of her development.
“Master painter Fred Rawlinson of Cordova, Tennessee, has been a very positive influence regarding my art education, and he still is,” Treece pointed out. “He has always been an encourager.”
She has participated in a number of group shows in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Locally she has shown work at the Savannah Pickwick Inn. She has been a feature artist at The Ned in Jackson, Tenn., the AiM Exhibition and Art Auction in Selmer, Tenn., the Rawlinson Atelier at the Carrrefore in Germantown, Tenn., and a student show at GPAC in Germantown.
“Two solo art exhibits and one with a fellow artist are to my credit,” Treece said, “and I feel honored to be able to do this.”
The showcase begins with a reception and a chance to meet the artist on Sunday at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. It continues until July 13. Hours for the Gallery are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
(For more info visit www.corinthartistguild.com.)