Barbara Shelly


Contact Information

bshelly101@gmail.com

Phone: (484) 420-4556

http://www.barbarashellyart.wordpress.com

Artist's Biography

Barbara Shelly is a native Philadelphian and has been a student and teacher of the arts here and in New York for decades. She currently is an abstract art student of Kassem Amoudi. She has always found a way to experience her emotional side, whether through yoga, dance, paint and especially, her children and grandchildren.

Her work has been shown at solo shows at the Goddard Riverside Center in New York City (June 2017), Gryphon Café in Wayne, PA (February 2017) and PII Gallery in Philadelphia (September 2016). She has exhibited at the Group Holiday Fundraiser for Carter Burden Gallery in New York (December 2016), a juried exhibit at the Chester County Art Center, CoCo Blue in Wayne (PA) and multiple group shows at the Penn Medicine Radnor (PA) Campus. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and has designed clothes and accessories for boutiques in New York.

She was a recipient of grants from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Bread and Roses Foundation for the production of a documentary about the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. The film, “Children With A Dream” received awards from “Dance on Camera” in New York and the National Educational Film and Video Association, and it continues to reside in the PBS Film Library (having been shown frequently) and the New York Performing Arts Library.

Artist's Statement

My paintings combine my passions for dance and fashion into another form of artistic expression. Paint allows me to capture color, design and movement and I enjoy making paint dance on canvas. I find that the faces I paint are the people on the streets and in the theatres of the City.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2017
Artists Supporting Artists, Goddard Riverside Community Center, New York, NY

Faces in the City, Gryphon Café, Wayne, PA

2016
Faces in the Crowd, PII Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Ongoing
Coco Blue, Wayne, PA

Group
2016-2017
DVAL, Penn Medicine, Radnor, PA

2016
Holiday Fundraiser, Carter-Burden Gallery, New York, NY

2016
Juried Exhibit, Chester County Art Center, West Chester, PA

Artist's Bibliography

Kearns, Sarah, “Artists Supporting Artists”, Unclear, 13, July 2017

Professional Experience

1991
Barbara Shelly and Karen Grossman Directors "Children With A Dream”
Recipient of grants from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Bread and Roses Foundation for the production of a documentary about the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. The film, “Children With A Dream” received awards from “Dance on Camera” in New York and the National Educational Film and Video Association, and it continues to reside in the PBS Film Library (having been shown frequently) and the New York Performing Arts Library.

Education

Continuing Education
2014-present
Abstract painting, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
with Kassem Amoudi

2004-2007
Accessary design and silk screening, Fashion Institute of Technology

1977 to Present
Ballet and Theatre Dance, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Steps on Broadway, Multiple Open Classes