The Unwritten Lyrics, a solo exhibition of paintings by Heather Shirin

PAINTINGS BY artist Heather shirin

The Unwritten Lyrics, a solo exhibition of paintings by Heather Shirin, will open at 2 Rules Fine Art in Marietta on April 4.

MARIETTA (February 25, 2014) – 2 Rules Fine Art presents The Unwritten Lyrics, an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Asheville NC artist Heather Shirin. The show will run April 4 through May 30, with an opening reception on Friday, April 4th, from 6-9pm. An additional reception will be held on Friday, May 2nd, 6-9pm. Both receptions take place during Marietta’s First Friday Art Walks. 

Shirin’s paintings are quiet and reflective portraits of women with other women.
The mixed media portraits, mostly large-scale, are painted on deep birch wood panels. Shirin purposely allows the natural beauty of the wood grain to shine through in the skin tones of her female figures. Various fine art papers are used to depict clothing, and elements such as gold leaf and metallic paint give the pieces a highly reflective appearance. Intricate designs add texture and depth to the works, creating modern portraits in a style that is reminiscent of Art Nouveau period pieces.

“I am interested in the relationships that women have with other women - the closeness between sisters, mothers, lovers and best friends,” Shirin says. “I capture the vulnerability, strength and romance that women share when together – using materials that define their beauty and presence…”

Shirin currently resides in Asheville, NC, where she exhibits at several art galleries and teaches Art Nouveau portraiture and mixed media art classes. She received a B.F.A. in oil painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and she has studied design at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston. Her exhibition history includes NY, MA, PA, NC and now GA. She is a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists. 

The receptions on April 4 and May 2 are free and open to the public. The Unwritten Lyrics will show at the gallery through May 30. The gallery is located at 85 Church St., Marietta GA 30060. Visit for more information about the exhibition or call 404-355-6897.

About 2 Rules Fine Art

Founded in 2011, 2 Rules Fine Art is an Atlanta-area art gallery showing “Art You Need to Know About.”  The gallery presents art by local and national artists, with an emphasis on art that is innovative in technique, presentation, or design. 2 Rules Fine Art is located at 85 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060.  For gallery hours and other information, visit or call 404-355-6897.

About artist Heather Shirin

Heather Shirin was born in Minneapolis, MN, and she currently resides outside of Asheville, NC. She earned her B.F.A. with honors in oil painting in 1997 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She went on to take additional design courses from the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston. She teaches Art Nouveau Portraiture & Mixed Media Classes at the River’s Edge and 301 Art Gallery, in the River Arts District in Asheville NC. She is also an active volunteer at the Asheville Area Arts Council and the Artery Gallery. She is a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists.