OLEAN, NY — Country life inspires artist Nicole Shields.

The Randolph resident, whose "A Sustainable Perspective” exhibit opened with a reception Friday at the Tri-County Arts Council, 110 W. State St., regularly uses the farm she runs with her husband Seth and their rural surroundings as subjects for her mixed media creations.

 "I am interested in the natural beauty of this scenic area," Shields said. "I believe that we look at the same surroundings all day long and sometimes we take for granted how beautiful our surroundings really are.”

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Shields incorporates many mediums in her creations. She sews fabrics together, stretches them over frames, then adds photographs, paint and colored pencil.

The mother of two, Shields has been an art educator at Cassadaga Valley Junior/Senior High School for 13 years. She holds a bachelor of fine arts from SUNY Oswego as well as a master's in art education. 

The exhibit will run through April 24. Gallery hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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