Artist Molly Shaw’s exhibit “Undeserved Blessings” opened Saturday in the East Gallery of the Earlville Opera House. It will run through Dec. 28. Shaw grew up in Oakland, Calif. in the 1960s and 1970s, spending much of her time outdoors and with animals. In the 1980s she studied wildlife ecology and journalism, and later horticulture, after which she created her own edible landscaping business. She received a teaching degree and spent several years teaching third grade and English as a second language in California, New Mexico, Alaska and Vermont. Beginning in 2001, she spent eight years farming in Vermont, where she collected maple syrup and built a sustainable housing community with 22 families.
She didn’t take her first painting class until 2005, in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she lived for a year in a 300-square-foot cabin with no running water. With outside temperatures often 20-40 below zero, she spent a lot of time in her studio: it was open 24 hours, and it had both heat and running water!
It wasn’t until 2013 that she received her Master of Fine ARts from Johnson State College in Vermont. She exhibited her work at the Vermont Studio Center between 2008 and 2011, and was an adjunct instructor in drawing there in the spring 2011.
Shaw lives in Hamilton and is a member of the Broad Street Gallery cooperative. The exhibit will run through Dec. 28 Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (315) 691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is at 18 East Main St. in Earlville.