Shelley Phillips, recently retired from a career of teaching art in elementary school, has been busy doing what she loves most – painting!
Her work is quite eclectic, including styles ranging from abstract to realistic, themes of abstract florals to landscapes to portraits and people. Shelley enjoys working in oil paints, but you can also view her acrylics and pastels. “I’m an observer of the world around me and often see things in terms of ‘This might make a great painting!’” She often uses her own photos as inspiration – candid people shots and vacation photos and close-ups of flowers.
Originally from Philadelphia, Shelley attended Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University for her BFA. She moved to Massachusetts where she taught art in the Newton Public Schools for many years. After moving to NJ about 16 years ago, she started an art program and taught at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, retiring 2 years ago.
Shelley has won Honorable Mention two times for her paintings in the Middlesex County Senior Art Exhibits. She has had her work displayed at Fiddleheads Restaurant in Jamesburg recently. Other exhibits include Edison Art Society at City Hall, the East Brunswick Library with Suburban Artist’s Guild exhibit, of which she is a member and The Grounds for Sculpture Member’s Exhibit. She also belongs to and has exhibited with the Center of Contemporary Art and the Visual Arts Center of NJ, where she currently takes classes.
Another love of Shelley’s is origami. You might have seen one of her several displays in the glass showcase at the library or attended one of her adult origami classes there.
Please join us for an artist’s reception for Shelley’s exhibit in the Highland Park Library’s Meeting Room (in the back of the library) on Saturday, February 8th, from 2-5 PM. The exhibit will be displayed throughout the month of February.