#MIstory: Sheppard’s office doubles as gallery for local artists

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When lawmakers arrive in Lansing to prepare for a new term, their office walls are like a blank canvas. Which over time, often blossom into welcoming displays with local Michigan charm.

David Larkins' piece "Pure Michigan" shows the Caribbean-like waters of Lake Michigan.

State Rep. Jason Sheppard has Monroe-area art on display in his Lansing office, and when visitors come to the office they have the opportunity to learn a little bit more about Michigan’s story through the eyes of local artists.

There are eight pieces on display—all created by artists from the Monroe community—which feature some abstract impressions of the Great Lakes State as well as recognizable locations such as downtown Monroe and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

I’m ecstatic that I can share a part of our Monroe community with my colleagues in Lansing. I’m lucky to have some talented and generous residents who are willing to lend their creations to beautify our office space.

–Rep. Jason Sheppard

The showcase is organized and maintained by artists Betzi Pipis and Christy LaRoy, directors of the Art Insight Emporium in Monroe. Pipis will continue curating the exhibit throughout Sheppard’s two-year term, regularly rotating in new pieces from different Monroe artists.

Many of the participating artists have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to share their work, because every Michigan story deserves to be heard in Lansing.

Emily Jo Short’s piece is titled “Love Michigan,” and was inspired by summer vacations that her family takes to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.