Sheila Silvus Chesanow, Athens Tennessee
Born and raised on a farm in Hackney, Ohio Sheila Silvus Chesanow first started taking photographs around the farm with a Brownie Hawkeye camera as part of a 4H project. She continued to take "snap shots" of family and friends over the next several years. Always interested in art and photography, she took college level black and white film courses and learned to develop her own images. Her love of photograph grew and she studied black and white photography for two more years with Terry Lindquist, PHD at Fredonia State in NY. During this time her work was exhibited in the gallery of the Stockton library and was published in the Best of Photography Annual. Her first digital camera was purchased eight years ago and she began to transfer her knowledge of film photography to digital. In the last few years she has studied photography at Lee University with Tom Kilpatrick.
She has won Best of Show at McMinn County Fair; First place, Peoples Choice and Honorable Mentions at the Community Artists League shows. She has won First and Third place in the Monroe County Mayors show. She won honorable mention at the Broadway Studios and Gallery Music Art. She was a finalist in the Best of College Photography and is published in the annual in 2012. She has published a book of "Old Barns in McMinn County Tennessee" which is available for sale.
Sheila sees beauty in the world around us that most of us never see. She has galleries at Broadway Studies and Gallery, Knoxville, TN; Fuller's Frame Shop, Athens, TN; Gallery on Main, Sweetwater TN. She has exhibited in Mayfield Gallery at the EG Fisher Library, Knoxville Airport, Knoxville Mayor, The Emporium and Richard Low Evans Gallery in Blue Ridge, Georgia.