Gallery Show

The Doors of Athens

Archival Prints of Original Silk Paintings
by René Shoemaker

Original paintings on silk by René Shoemaker depicting sixteen approachable entrances in Athens, GA are reimagined for your space as archival prints.

The Doors of Athens exhibit stems from my love for Athens and my deep appreciation of the diversity, community, and intellectual curiosity embedded in the city’s culture. Highlighting small businesses, the colorful paintings on silk explore the beauty and architectural richness of our hometown. My goal is to promote continued support for our local small businesses. -René Shoemaker

Each original silk painting has been thoughtfully digitized and prepared for printing by K. A. Artist Shop.

You can take home a slice of Athens, replicated with archival inks on cotton rag paper. Available as 6x6 inch, 12x12 inch, or 16x16 inch prints with white border, packaged with a mat board backing in an archival sleeve.

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About the Artist

René Shoemaker

René Shoemaker is a contemporary artist focused on silk painting. Born in New York City, she maintains studios in Athens, GA, USA and Aubusson, France. Spanning four decades and embracing a variety of mediums, her artwork highlights a sense of place while capturing the ways spaces work together and how people inhabit and interact with those spaces. Architecture and public places are often highlighted in her work.

René received a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia (UGA), building a career of painting with dyes to create flowing, colorful work on radiant silk glowing with light. After retiring from her profession as a university librarian at UGA, René continued refining her art and sharing her techniques while discovering new ways to describe the world we collectively share.

Exhibiting in solo and group shows internationally, Shoemaker delights in exploring our everyday experiences through color and line. René has exhibited in museums in Georgia, Mississippi, and Paris and in galleries and public spaces in Georgia, New York, the UK, and France. Her solo exhibitions include museums in Georgia and Mississippi, where her work is held in permanent collections. Shoemaker was awarded the Fiber Forward Focus Fellowship from AIR Serenbe in Georgia, and 2024 exhibits are now scheduled in San Francisco, and Paris, and she will lead workshops in Athens, GA, San Francisco, CA and in a castle in southwest France.