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Graphic arts senior to present work in art show next week

Seven years ago, Shelley DeLise Bates lost her husband to leukemia.

Bates, an Austin Peay State University graphic design senior, was 34 when she became a widow. She and her husband were high school sweethearts from Texas and married at the age of 18.

Im now 41. We had no children, so Im starting over again alone and in a sense free to do and be whatever and wherever I want, said Bates, who recently opened a graphic design business in Clarksville.
Seven years ago, Shelley DeLise Bates lost her husband to leukemia.

Bates, an Austin Peay State University graphic design senior, was 34 when she became a widow. She and her husband were high school sweethearts from Texas and married at the age of 18.

“I'm now 41. We had no children, so I'm starting over again alone and in a sense free to do and be whatever and wherever I want,” said Bates, who recently opened a graphic design business in Clarksville.

Still, doing it alone, Bates said, is hard. But now, she is “Getting Down to Business,” the title of an art exhibit that relates to her personal experiences as well as her professional development as a graphic artist.

“Getting Down to Business,” a showcase of 10 black-and-white photographs that tell a story of loss, searching, renewed faith and hope, will open with a reception from 7-9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23 in the Trahern Gallery.

The exhibit can be seen from 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24; 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Oct. 25; 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26; and 8-10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27. All viewings will take place in the Trahern Gallery.

In addition to the photos, Bates will have two graphic design projects. One was made for a client who is opening a dance and exercise clothing store in Clarksville.

The second project is more personal, about leukemia. Bates developed a donor campaign with a brochure, posters and supporting literature.

“I'm trying to go for a two-fold theme,” Bates said. “On the surface, the show is about the design business I established over the summer and using it as a self-promotion tool.

“As an undercurrent, the content of the works will speak to my personal journey of finding the courage to embrace and take bold steps in a new, and in some ways, unwanted future.”

For more information about Bates' exhibit, contact Professor of Art Cindy Marsh by telephone at (931) 221-7349 or by e-mail at marshc@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer