I am incredibly grateful to be a part of this amazing project. Ed Tuchler and the entire staff at Shelter Alternatives have been so supportive and patient as we artists did our work in the middle of their busy hallway! Although we all got to choose our own unique design and vision for the garden theme, I had a strong desire to paint the Hahn Garden because it’s such an icon of Blacksburg. I have spent many hours there admiring the plants, flowers, and wildlife there. While I went to take pictures of the bridge on a cold February day, a heron happened to be there posing for me! So I certainly added him to my design! My hope is that my painting, along with the other incredible pieces, will bring an abundance of joy and brightness to any visitor passing by. I so appreciate Shelter Alternatives for supporting us local artists and strengthening our community through art.
Michele Walter has been moving paint or drawing since she learned how to hold a pencil. Throughout her education, art has been an important element in her life. Her training consists of American College of Applied Arts in Atlanta, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, as well as teachings from international instructors such as Don Andrews and Ted Nutall. She continually pursues to learn more and fine tune her skills. Currently, she enjoys doing commission work of animals, homes, travel, and people. She also had the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book for a local school system. You may also find her exhibiting her work and teaching art in private or group lessons.