Shepherd Sisters Gallery Opening in OKC

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At long last this gallery is a reality, exhibiting the art and history of one of Oklahoma’s pioneer families, the Shepherds.

The Shepherd Sisters Gallery will have an opening reception on Sunday, February 19, 12 pm – 3 pm at First Presbyterian Church OKC.  This is a new exhibit featuring the work of Oklahoma artists Nellie, Nettie and Leona Shepherd.  Many of the pieces were recovered from Shepherd Manor and have not been previously displayed.  Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 11 am – 3 pm. The Gallery is in First Presbyterian Church OKC, located at NW 25th and Western.  For more information call 525-6584 or visit www.fpcokc.org .

One of Oklahoma’s first recognized artists, Nellie spent four years studying in Paris with various instructors, mostly Henri Martin, and was regarded as a very talented Impressionist painter.  Her most important, well-known painting from her years in Paris is a ¾ life-size portrait of her sister Lottie, which was one of two of 800 paintings by American artists selected to hang in Le Grand Salon in Paris in the spring of 1910, and was awarded an honorable mention.  In 1910, she and her friends Mrs. John Shartel and Mrs. Ed Dunn formed the Oklahoma Art League.  Their dedication to preserving Oklahoma art later assisted in establishing the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.  In addition to Nellie, sisters Leona and Nettie were also fine artists.

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