Raynel Shepard art exhibit

Cafe Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Raynel Shepard at Rooted Armory Café on view November 29, 2023 to January 7, 2024.

You are invited to view artwork by Raynel Shepard on exhibition at ROOTED Armory Café through January 7th.

Artist Bio:
Raynel Shepard is a renaissance woman: jazz vocalist, visual artist, educator and home chef. She was born in Chicago and grew up in Berkeley, California. She moved to the East Coast after two years of service in the Peace Corps in the Congo.  She holds a doctorate from Harvard. Raynel comes from a  family with deep roots in the Black Creole community of New Orleans. She performs Jazz and the American Songbook, as “Lady Ray”, with her trio of musicians at the Armory, other venues, and in New Orleans, where she winters. She was featured in the documentary film (funded by the Somerville Arts Council), “We Are Here, Too”, as one of four women artists of color in Somerville.  She began experimenting with mixed media during the Covid epidemic. This is her first art exhibition. Raynel is based in Somerville and New Orleans and lives with her loving husband, Nigel Hamilton, and loyal dog, Matisse.

I create colorful, textured, abstract art using mixed media and collage. My process is intuitive. I let materials and technique guide that process. I start without a plan and respond to what emerges as I apply layers of paint and materials. The goal or “story” of the finished product reveals itself through adding and taking away layers by sanding, collaging, painting, and repainting. Because I am also a performing jazz vocalist, I incorporate music in what I create visually. I collage printed music on to a piece, or I imagine how a picture I create suggests lyrics to songs that I sing and the stories those lyrics tell.



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Past Exhibitions

“It Came from the Closet” by Jayme Horne, October – November 2023

Jael Whitney, September – October 2023

Laura Scheuerell, August – September 2023

Robert Smyth, July – August 2023

The Neighborhood Naturalist, June – July 2023

Somerville Open Studios Kids & Teens Art Show, May – June 2023

Brad Casler, March 2023 – April 2023

Stephanie Vecellio, February 2023 – March 2023

Charlot Lucien, January 2023 – February 2023

Nelson Salazar, December 2022 – January 2023

Colette Brésilla, October – November 2022

Eliezer Velez, September – October 2022

Audrey Diallo, August – September 2022

Lucille Nava, July – August 2022

Julie C. Baer, June – July 2022

Prezans e Rezilyans (Haitian Artists Assembly of MA), May – June 2022

Eddie Calle, April 2022

Zachary Torres, March – April 2022

Alexandra Rozenman, February 2022

Hank Fay, December – January 2021

Outside/In: Graffiti & Street Art Through The Photographer’s Lens, November – December 2021

Recognizing Our Oldest Trees, October – November 2021

Jaina Cipriano, August – October 2021

Pauline Lim, August 2021

Eliezer Valez, June – July 2021

Clem Aurelius, May – June 2021

Kituana Parker, March-April 2021

Thato Mwosa, December 2020

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