Shelton Cochran, In the Art Gallery through March

An emerging mixed-media artist, Shelton is a visual storyteller. Shelton calls his style “modern folk art,” blending traditional folk art subject matter, materials and tools with modern technologies. The majority of his work incorporates woodcarving elements.

Shelton studied mixed-media art at Manhattan’s famed School of Visual Arts for a year, and subsequently studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design, he launched Shelton CochranDesigns, a commercial design agency. But what he really wanted was to follow what was truly in his heart — fine art. So for the past decade, Shelton has provided brand-centric graphic design services while pursuing his art. The result is reflected in his unique artistic style: an integration of mixed-media elements with graphic design expertise.

Modern folk is Shelton’s voice, designed to make people think and have a conversation. His pieces celebrate life and all that encompasses.Shelton’s mission is to help create a better world one design at a time, by creating a dialogue. Says Shelton, “We are all God’s children, living under one sun. We need, want, hope, strive and desire for the same reasons. We just achieve them differently. By focusing on our similarities and celebrating our differences, we foster a better understanding of each other.”

On Saturday, March 2, from 2:30 to 5:00 pm, the public is invited to a reception to view the artworks of Shelton Cochran at the Art Gallery of Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation.