Arrowhead Gallery features photographer Shirley Smith in JanuaryThe Arrowhead Gallery’s January featured artist is photographer Shirley Smith. A reception will be held Jan. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Smith utilizes a digital camera to capture images of nature and enhances them with a computer. She studied photography in 2012, having previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry. She moved to southern Utah from Michigan in 2013 and says that her goal is to be able to capture images of Utah with her camera.

“Mother Nature is the true artist, Smith said. “All I can do is capture her beauty with my camera in person and in my studio. My photography captures the beauty, up close and in grand sweeping views, which Mother Nature has created. My finished images are what I see in my mind’s eye at the moment in time when I push the shutter release. I am in awe at her work!”

Smith is an award-winning photographer currently shooting with a Nikon D800e and a Nikon 5500 (for hiking) with various lenses. She has exhibited at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Dixie State University, Red Cliff Gallery, St. George Art Museum, and various venues in Michigan. In the summer of 2017, she had a solo show at DSU’s Eccles Center. She is president of the St. George Color Country Camera Club and an active member of the Southern Utah Artists Guild and Virgin Valley Artists Association. Her work is currently on display at the Mesquite Fine Art Gallery and the Arrowhead Gallery in downtown St. George.

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