January 3 – February 16, 2014
First Friday receptions: January 10 AND February 7, 5-7pm
Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
This winter, InLiquid presents Menagerie, a solo installation by Lynnette Shelley at the Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery. Shelley is a Pennsylvania artist specializing in mixed media paintings and drawings that explore animals, archetypes, and mythology. Menagerie explores contemporary depictions of wildlife and other creatures set amongst scenes of abstraction and symbolic and stylized elements.
Shelley’s animal and mythological-themed artworks have been displayed nationally as well as regionally, including the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg; the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences;
Pennsylvania’s John James Audubon Center; Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA; the Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia; Art6 Gallery in Richmond, VA; Artworks Gallery in Trenton, NJ; The Straube Center in Pennington, NJ; the Wilmington Grand Opera House in Delaware; the Maryland Federation of the Arts in Annapolis; the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael, CA; the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA; and more. Some of her creature drawings were featured in the animated short “The Spider Is the Web” shown at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, while more of her artwork was featured as part of an on-screen art show at the 2008 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. She also exhibited at the juried art show at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA, one of the largest fantasy / sci fi-themed conventions in the world. Shelley is represented by JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA, as well as Blank Canvas Gallery in New Hope, PA.
Lynnette Shelley writes about her art:
“One of my primary interests has always been exploring legends and stories from around the world. Why are certain motifs ubiquitous across cultures and continents? These archetypal stories are told repeatedly in different guises throughout myth and folklore, and animals are often used to convey these mysteries. Whether painted on cave walls, portrayed as omens or totems or even worshiped as personifications of the gods, animals were a favorite theme for our ancestors. My artwork takes a closer look at this archetypal animal kingdom. Reinterpreted through art, abstraction, decorative element and contemporary vision, these creatures speak to our collective unconscious.”
Gallery Hours at the Painted Bride Art Center are Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm to 6pm.
Support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.