Expression II an Exhibit of Works by Shirley Butler and Sherri Russell Jan. 15th

On the Verge Gallery showcases the artwork of Shirley Butler and Sherri Russell in a two-woman exhibition entitled “Expressions II”.  The exhibit will open on Saturday, January 15th with an artist reception from 4pm – 7 pm.  “Expressions II” exhibition will run through Saturday, February 28th at On the Verge Gallery, 124 S. Main St. Greeneville, TN  37743.

About Shirley Butler

Shirley Butler has been a resident of Chuckey for over five years; relocating to this area from Deep River, Connecticut.  Originally, Shirley hails from Shelter Island, L.I., New York where she lived for her first twenty-five years.  She has been an avid painter for over three decades.  Shirley is a writer as well and has published three children’s books to date.  The books are a series about Flat Freddie and his adventures.  Her books are available on the website of PublishAmerica at:

Butler is also very active in her community and enjoys many forms of crafts and games.  She is a member of the Greeneville Newcomers Club, the Andrew Johnson Club, and the First Presbyterian Church.  Spiritual experiences have always been threaded throughout Shirley’s life drawing her, like a magnet, forward on her own personal journey. 

She has two sons: Larry Smith of Phoenix, AZ and Rick Smith of Silver Lake, WI, three grandchildren: Jamie and Nick Smith of WI and Stephanie Smith of AZ and a great-grandson: Mason Paul Smith of WI… and two dogs and a cat!

Butler’s favorite medium is oils although she works with acrylics as well.  Her subjects range from a series of cartoon characters, religious and seasonal landscapes, and inspirational color blends.  The exhibit “Expressions II” comprises pieces that Shirley has created over the past 25 years.  Shirley has attended several professional art classes although she is primarily a self-taught artist.

About Sherri Russell

Sherri Russell moved with husband JR to East Tennessee in the fall of 2006 from South Florida. Her family roots are in Western North Carolina on her Mother’s side.  Sherri’s Father is from Brazil and explains why she grew up in a warm sub-tropical climate.  Sherri attends New Haven Church, sings in the choir, and is a member of the Watauga Valley Art League and Greene County's Community of Promise (COP).

Previously, Sherri was a nurse for 25 years in South Florida.  Russell’s true calling and current profession is Program Director and Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor at Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center Inc.  Please visit their website to learn more:

In Sherri’s work with the Special Needs Community, she facilitates/teaches Equine Assisted Learning which is an experiential method of learning to work with horses.   Russell says “My experiential journey with students, and horses (over) the last 3 years has been amazing, exhilariating, and beyond works, thus my passion for art is ignited.  When working with the Special Needs Community and horses, my body, mind, and soul absorb a lot of thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  Art becomes a creative way to process the human - horse connection.  I feel that under the obvious exterior ofhorses lies a personality within that would like to emerge and express themselves through art.  Horses are nonverbal, communication in many different ways and painting is similar.  The further I travel on this experiential journey, I personally grow and changes, thus I love to experiment with painting - throwing rules to the wind.  Horses live in the moment, they are teaching me this too."

Russell is a self- and professionally-taught artist.  She works in oil and acrylic painting. Sherri has loved all forms of art all her life, and has a dream of one day becoming an Art Therapist working with horses and humans.

Please join us in welcoming Shirley and Sherri at On the Verge Gallery for an opening reception on Saturday, January 15th from 4pm to 7pm.  The public is invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

Gallery hours are Tu-F 11am-5pm, Sat. 12pm-4pm.  All other hours are by appointment.  Please call 423.218.2052 for more information.


Linnie Greene
On the Verge Gallery
124 S. Main Street
Greeneville, TN  37743