MIDDLEBORO — On Saturday, July 8 from 6-9pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host an opening reception to kick off a month-long solo exhibit from Franklin-based pastel artist Shelly Eager.

This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary wine, beer, and snacks will be served. The gallery invites you to come and view this extraordinary local artist's original works and to meet and talk with her in person.

Shelly Eager is a member of the The Pastel Society of America, The Copley Society of Art, The Connecticut Pastel Society, The North Shore Art Association, The Pastel Society of New Hampshire, and a member of the board of directors of The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She is a winner of numerous awards and distinctions. Her pastels have been exhibited in many area museums and galleries including The Copley Society, The Duxbury Arts Complex and Attleboro Arts Museum.

Shelly strives to find the beauty in everyday scenes, everyday actions and everyday items. It is through the ordinary that she expresses the unusual.

“I am not drawn to scenes that everyone sees as beautiful and eye catching." says Shelly. "I want my viewers to see that if you look closely at all things, therein lie the colors, expressions, and movements that are beautiful, even extraordinary."

Shelly has traveled extensively throughout the world to paint. This exhibit, entitled “The Artist's Journey” focuses on those adventures.

In Shelly's words, "We are all shaped by the journeys we choose to follow. Mine has been a journey of exploration and adventure. My thoughts, emotions, and the way I see the world have been influenced by my travels. I have learned to see the world through many eyes. I study the colors, patterns and energy of a culture through its people, architecture, and crafts. When I return home I paint the impressions I bring with me, using the colors not only of the area, but of the feelings that the places evoke in my mind. My goal is to remind myself and others that the world is filled with beauty and positive energy if we explore it to understand and internalize it and not to rely on what we hear and see in the media. We need to open our eyes a bit more and really see that differences are positive."  

This exhibit will run from its opening night on May 27 through June 24. True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro Center. Regular hours are Tuesdays 11-4, Wednesday thru Friday 10- 5, and Saturdays 10- 3.