Pete Snodgrass, third from left, a watercolor class instructor at the Shelby Township Senior Center and a member of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society, has been honored as the society’s artist of the month for the months of November and December.

Pete Snodgrass, third from left, a watercolor class instructor at the Shelby Township Senior Center and a member of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society, has been honored as the society’s artist of the month for the months of November and December.

Photo provided by Fu-Yuan Ciricola


Shelby Fine Art Society chooses artist of the month

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published November 19, 2021

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A member of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society has been honored as the artist of the month for November and December.

The Shelby Township featured artist, and his students, have set up their display at the Shelby Township Activities Center, 14975 21 Mile Road.

The featured artist is Pete Snodgrass, the watercolor class instructor at the Shelby Township Senior Center, and his students are also part of the display.

Snodgrass began art lessons when he was 8 years old, starting with drawing and charcoal.

In his retirement years, he moved into watercolor. He has attended classes in New Mexico, northern Wisconsin, Ohio and numerous workshops in Michigan. He also has taught classes all over Michigan.

Snodgrass said teaching art classes has changed his own art for the better.

“The experience of teaching changed and improved my own art. Meeting the people in the classes has been great; (it’s) nice to see someone who never painted advance to exhibiting and selling watercolor paintings,” he said in an email interview. He further said that he has established some great friendships through teaching.

He said he tries to have a certain touch to each piece of his art.

“I try to have a specific technique, color mixing, composition, etc., each week,” said Snodgrass.

He said he enjoys watercolor the most and the way the water and the colors mix together.

“I enjoy the looseness of watercolor and the interaction of the water, paper and paints. The many ways to mix colors and glaze over colors is very interesting. The same techniques apply to watercolors be it florals, still life, or nautical scenes. Creating beautiful watercolors is a joy and provides great senses of accomplishment,” he said.

He said the featured artist program is providing a special acknowledgment of the efforts and talents of the students.

Amy Drake, an employee of the Shelby Township Senior Center, said the center, which shares the same facility as the activities center, is happy to welcome the artist and his students’ artwork.

“The senior center is very excited to welcome the display of artwork by Pete Snodgrass and his watercolor class at the activities center for the months of November and December. The display has 25 paintings, all with a wide variety of subjects. Everyone walking through the building has noticed the beautiful artwork, and we have already sold several paintings for the artists,” Drake said via email.

Drake said the art program brings all sorts of beautiful art pieces to public view.

“The artist of the month program (actually displayed for two months) showcases the amazing talent we have in our community and gives the artists an opportunity to display their work for all to see.  For myself personally, I love the fact that our walls are graced with new and different artwork every couple of months. We’ve seen everything from photographs to oil paintings to woodworking in the past, and each display is unique,” said Drake.

She said anyone is welcome to stop in and check out these gifted artists.

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