The South Arkansas Arts Center announces it will host Memphis, Tennessee, artist, Shea Snow and his exhibit entitled “Shea Snow’s Solo Show”, which will hang in the Price and Merkle Galleries from November 3-29, 2017. Snow will also be honored at an artist’s reception at SAAC on November 4, from 6:00-8:00pm. Gallery hours are Monday- Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
Snow, who grew up in El Dorado, will present a demonstration in the Callaway Theater during the reception showcasing his many talents, including music, watercolor and sculptures, as well as his own ingenious idea for drawing with his harmonica! Snow has developed an app that allows him to do this on a projector.
This exhibit will include 65 pieces from his collection that will showcase his diverse talents. He is a watercolor artist and sculptor, as well as a musician. His show will also include medical illustrations and his firework residue paintings. This is Snow’s first solo show. He said, “I think it’s awesome that my first solo show is El Dorado, where my love of art started.” Snow began his interest in art in the 7th grade, where he won first place in a statewide art competition for students through 12th grade. He went on to win second place in the following years, then on to Memphis College of Art on a scholarship. He eventually obtained his master’s degree in art, as well.
Snow currently works at Inventory Locator Service (ILS) as a Designer/Developer, Adjunct Professor at Christian Brothers University (CBU), and as a UI/UX Online-mentor for Thinkful students. He also creates freelance work at home, for various clients, and donates all of his artistic skills & expertise to a homeless teen shelter in Colorado, The House: A Safe Place for Western Slope Teens. Another creative outlet is singing in a band, ‘Driftwood Ramblers’, that is currently in rotation at The Hard Rock Café on Beale St. in Memphis.
“I invent nontraditional instruments and unconventional methods for creating art, derived from elements that celebrate liberties and activities that express a freedom of life found within them,” Snow said. “Most everyone has his or her own set of actions and essentials that let one accent personal freedoms. Things like taking an evening stroll by the river, simply being in the great outdoors, cycling, playing music, having a drink with a friend at a favorite bar, shooting fireworks on Independence Day, enjoying an invigorating lunch with someone special, and barbecuing in the back yard with friends can all be considered excitements within my own freedom of choice and love for life. I feel this unique approach liberates my imagination and its creations, which enables me to explore my art spontaneously with a welcomed sense of personal artistic freedom, in turn, facilitating what it truly means to be creative.”