NOW PRESENTING: Shakila Garugu’s October Showcase – Oct 2 to 30

NOW PRESENTING: Shakila Garugu’s October Showcase – Oct 2 to 30

Shakila Garugu

Shakila Garugu is a self-taught artist and art instructor who believes in the importance of self-expression. Although she utilized her left-brain talents to receive her masters in mathematics, she later was inspired to focus on her right-brain talents by her mother’s art. She found a passion for painting and has since continued to create artwork for the last twenty-four years. Shakila’s dynamic works capture both humans and animals. Each of her works is highly detailed and features areas of interest throughout the composition. Her intent in doing this she says is to “lead the viewer’s eyes to wander in different directions.” Her preferred media choices traverse oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, and pencil. Shakila’s art these days is mostly realistic in nature consisting of portraits, landscapes, and figures. 

Garugu currently teaches art to children and adults in both Fishers and Carmel. She has also inspired her two daughters, Shruthi and Neha, to carry on her passion of art. She originally started her art career in India, but has worked in or displayed her paintings in Arizona, California, Connecticut, and Indiana as well. Shakila says that no matter where she is, “whenever I can, I immerse myself into my passion of art. It gives me a reason to live as it makes life more colorful!”

In October 2020, Shakila will have an IN PERSON exhibit at Nickel Plate Arts titled “Shakila’s Fine Art Gallery” in the Stephenson House Gallery that features a broad collection of her work from her oils and acrylics to watercolors and charcoals. Come see her exhibit IN PERSON at a COVID-safe First Friday on October 2nd from 6-9pm, or stop by her show during Fairyville on Friday, October 9th from 6-9pm. She will be offering a free tiny canvas activity for Fairyville visitors! Work will be displayed from Oct 2 – Oct 30th during open hours (please note that COVID-19 may affect open hours).

Koda Witsken
kwitsken@nickelplatearts.org