Barbara Shelly


Recent Works

Archived Works

Artist's Biography

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.

Barbara Shelly is a native Philadelphian and has been a student and teacher of the arts there 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 painting, "Tre Gucci" was selected for the Salmagundi Club 40th Open Annual Non-Members' Exhibition (2018) in Greenwich Village. Spike Lee acquired her piece “The Dude” in 2018. She is the subject of a documentary under production for the Artist Archive by Robert DiMaio. Her work has been shown at solo shows at the Goddard Riverside Center in New York City (June 2017 and March 2018), Plays and Players Gallery in Philadelphia (December 2017), Gryphon Café in Wayne, PA (February 2017) and PII Gallery in Philadelphia (September 2016 and October 2017). She has exhibited at the Group Holiday Fundraiser for Carter Burden Gallery in New York (December 2016), She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and has designed clothes and accessories for boutiques in New York.

Barbara is a founding member of Artists Supporting Artists. She donates a portion of her sales to Ballet and Beyond NYC

(balletandbeyondnyc.org). Ballet and Beyond NYC supports children who would not otherwise be able to afford professional dance training.

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
2018
A Duet of Solos + a Plié, Private Residence, New York, NY

Women's History Month, Goddard Riverside Community Center, New York, NY

Solo Show, Radley Run Country Club, West Chester, PA

2017
Solo Exhibition, Plays and Players Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Of the Times, PII Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

Faces in the City, Gryphon Cafe, Wayne, PA

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

Group
2019
Upcoming Open House, Mercedes House, New York, NY

Group Show, Art Student's League of New York, New York, NY

Artist Playdates, Bushwick Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2018
Non-Members Exhibition, New York Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

New Now, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017
DVAL, Penn Medicine, Radnor, PA

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

DVAL, Penn Medicine, Radnor, PA

Juried Exhibition, Chester County Art Center, West Chester, PA

Artist's Bibliography

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

Professional Experience

Ongoing
Barbara is a founding member of Artists Supporting Artists. She donates a portion of her sales to Ballet and Beyond NYC (balletandbeyondnyc.org). Ballet and Beyond NYC supports children who would not otherwise be able to afford professional dance training.

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.

Noteworthy Items

2019
Her piece, "Stella", is on permanent loan to Stella Abrera, Principal, American Ballet Theater, NY

2018 - 2019
Subject of a documentary under production for the Artist Archive by Robert DiMaio

2018
Her piece, "The Dude", was purchased by Spike Lee

Education

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

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

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