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 Schelly Keefer  (1958 - )

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Lived/Active: North Carolina      Known for: landscape, streetscene

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
I grew up in the countryside three miles outside the small town of Rocky Ridge, Maryland. This rural upbringing remains a strong influence in my life and work. After attaining a Fine Arts degree from Southern Seminary in Virginia, I lived and worked in many places, from Mt. Saint Helens (I was there when the volcano blew) to the historic Gettysburg area. Living and working in NYC was my next challenge, followed by a move to North Carolina. Once in Charlotte, I acquired a second degree in Interior Design, which helped refine my sense of design and perspective.

Artist Statement:
I paint because I feel compelled to express my feelings and observations about a time, place or person. Images call out to me to capture them on paper. I've had paints and pastels on my hands since childhood and the fascination has never waned. I work in watercolor and pastel, in styles that vary from Realism to Impressionism. The subjects range from the people and streets of New York's Times Square to the hills and streams of my native Maryland. I want to convey to the viewer the essential nature of the subject as it is revealed to me. If one of my paintings expresses the subject to you in a new way, or strikes a chord of recognition in you, then I have succeeded in my role of visual storyteller.

National Magazines
The Pastel Journal Nov 2002 "Setting the Tone" the art techniques of Schelly Keefer
Sanskrit UNCC Literary & Art 2002 "Howard St"
Chronicle of the Horse cover January 1998 'Leaving the Ground'

Third place 2003 "Spring into Art"
Purchase Award 2003 "Spring into Art"
Purchase Award 2003 "A Natural View"
Honorable Mention 2003"WFAE Radiovision"
First and Third place 2002 "Creative Days"
Purchase Award 2002 "A Visual Harvest"
Best in Show 2002 "Summer Art Explosion"
Two Honorable Mentions 2002 "Summer Art Explosion"
Second Place team 2002 "Artists on the Square"
Purchase Award 2002 "Natural View"
Purchase Award 2001 "A Visual Harvest"
Honorable Mention 2001 "Mooresville Artober"
Third Place (Watercolor) 2001 "Creative Days"
Third Place (Painting) 2001 "Creative Days"
Patron's Choice 2001 "I am Woman"
Honorable Mention 2001 "Mooresville Artfest"
Purchase Award 2000 "A Visual Harvest"
People's Choice 2000 "Creative Days"
Second Place (Watercolor) 2000 "Creative Days"
Third Place (Drawing) 2000 "Creative Days"
Patron's Choice 2000 "I Am Woman"
Third Place 1999 "Charlotte History Museum"
Best In Show 1998 "Charlotte History Museum"
Honorable Mention 1998 "Stanley County Arts Guild"
First place Photography 1998 "Mooresville Artist Guild'
Purchase Award 1998 "Mooresville Artist Guild"

Solo Exhibitions:
2002 Cleveland Community Collage
2000 Cafe Verde at Talley's
1999 Stanley County Agri-Civic Center
1998 Barnes & Noble- Independence Blvd.

Lectures, Demonstrations personal appearances, articles:
2003 Served as a juror for fine arts for Festival in the Park
2003 WFAE Morning Edition "Edward Hopper"
2002 WFAE 9/11 documentary
2002 Interview Cable Access TV channel 16 Gastonia
2002 Cleveland College domo and lecture
2002 Charlotte Artists Society
2002 SouthPark magazine Fall issue
2002 Ballantyne magazine Nov/Dec issue
2002 Today's Charlotte Woman magazine Nov/Dec issue
2002 South Charlotte Weekly
2002 Charlotte Observer People Section
2001 Observer "Scene and Heard" (4/29/99)
1999 Today's Charlotte Woman (Nov/Dec issue)
1999 Stanly News (1/99)
1999 Independence Blvd Feature Article (12/99)
1998 Stanly New (8/99)

Selected Juried Exhibitions: Juror
2003 Spring into Art Charlotte Art League Rita Schumaker
2003 Airlie GardensArts Festival
2003 A Natural View The Schiele Museum Andrew Jay Svedlow, Ph.D
2002 Fall into Art Charlotte Art League Susan Perry
2002 Spring into Art Charlotte Art League Alex Horstman
2002 A Natural View Schiele Museum Peggy Rivers
2001 Fall into Art Charlotte Art League Christie Taylor
2001 A Visual Harvest Gaston County Museum Sally Miller
2001 A Natural View Schiele Museum Mary Lynn Norton
2000 Waterworks Visual Art center Ce Scott
2000 CAL Juried Fall Show
2000 A Visual Harvest Gaston County. Museum
2000 CAL Juried Spring Exhibition Al Stine and Tony Pressley
1999 Charlotte History Museum Wade Carmichael
1999CAL Fall Juried Exhibition Ce Scott and Barbara Spalding
1999 Gaston County Museum of Art & History Mary Mintich
1999: CAL Spring Exhibition Elsie Dresch
1999 NationsBank Regional Art Competition Elizabeth Meyers
1998 CAL Fall Juried Exhibition Dot Hodges
1998 Charlotte History Museum "Images from our Past" Wade Carmichael
1997 Charlotte History Museum "Images from our Past" Wade Carmichael
1996 Charlotte History Museum "Images from our Past"
1996 Nations Bank Regional Art Competition
1995 CAL Spring Juried Exhibition Judi Betts
1995 Southern Spring Show

Corporate Collections:
Helms Mulliss & Wicker LLP
First Citizen Bank
Firethorne Country Club
Standard Distributors
Dunroving Farm
Gaston Federal Bank
Protected Settlements Inc
People Unlimited
The Insurance Group
Cedar Hill Farm
EZ Framing Systems
Wushu Club
CNA Insurance Company

Selected Group Exhibitions
2003 WFAE Radiovision
2003 Art with a Heart
2002 A Visual Trilogy
2002 Summer Art Explosion Stanly County Art Guild
2002 Camden Square Artist Market
2002 I am Woman Art 1 Gallery Gastonia
2002 WFAE Radiovision
2001 Mooresville Artober
2001 Local Color Delaplane Educational Art Center
2001 Summer Art Explosion Stanly County Art Guild
2001 Women of Western North Carolina Art Festival
2001 Ride your Bike Week City of Charlotte
2001 Spring Art Spree Charlotte Art League
2001 CAL Friends of the Highest Caliber
2000 An Art Harvest Open House Charlotte Art League
2000 Stanley County Artist Guild Summer Art Explosion
2000 Camden Square Artist Market
2000 Professional Members Show CALeidoscope Galley
1999 "I am Woman" Art1 Gallery Gastonia
1999 "What I did on my Summer Vacation" CALeidoscope Gallery
1999. Stanley County Artist Guild
1999 Moorseville Artist Guild Spring Show
1998 Moorseville Artist Guild Fall Show
1997 Carolina Raptor Center Auction
1995 Southern Spring Show
1994 City Art Affair Gallery

Submitted by the Artist, 10/2003

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