Gathered from the private collections of Homer’s art supporters, Shirley’s work will be featured in the gallery starting on Sunday, March 30th with the life celebration “Afternoon Tea With Shirley.” This free community event displays a potpourri of Shirley’s artwork interspersed with readings from her plays by Pier One Theatre actors directed by Linda Ellsworth. Shirley’s successful art career began at Newcomb College and continued for many decades, including positions as a teacher of art at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. Her painting styles ranged from realism to abstraction, as her media varied widely across watercolor, oil, collage, and monotype. The stimulating environment of Homer led Shirley to expand her artistic repertoire further, as she became a successful playwright, with several of her plays produced at Pier One Theatre, including “First Friday,” “The Boy Who Could Fly,” and “Tulane and Telemachus.” Her play “Louisa” also accomplished a run in Boston. Her friends fondly recall her comedic “When the Poppies Are in Bloom in Hidden Hills.” The contributions of Homer to her quality of life — the atmosphere, the hospitality, the many fast friends, the artistic inspiration — cannot be overstated. This exhibit will be up for the month of April alongside community submissions of Cardboard Art.
Gallery opening is scheduled for Friday, April 5 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at HCOA, 355 W. Pioneer. The exhibit will be up all month; gallery is open 1:00 – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.