November 20173rd Annual Colorful AbstractionsFeatured Artists & Best in Show Winners
Traditional Art Shelley Stroeve
Through exploration of texture, depth and color, Shelley creates art that is at once transcendental and yet almost tangible. Her work encourages revolutionary thinking, contemplation of humanity and realization of how connections both physical and spiritual manifest our identity.
Her ingenuity is inspired by the fluidity of the Post-Impressionist Romanticism Movement, the dream like quality of Surrealism and all music that evokes passion and intense emotion, resulting in a diverse visual cadence that ranges from the subtle nuances of Fredrick Chopin to the intensity of Disturbs rendition of The Sound of Silence.
Shelley works with a wide variety of textual mediums and different types of paints including; oil, acrylic and watercolor dyes on canvas or artist panel with a scale ranging from 8 ’x 8” to 6’ x 4’. Many of her pieces are covered in epoxy resin.
Shelley is an emerging Seattle area artist who studied Art History at the University of Washington, volunteered as an art docent for the Issaquah School District, raised two beautiful children and currently resides in Issaquah with her life partner Eric Lennier. Shelley lives a multifaceted life with exuberant passion for health and her family that spans five generations. She is an adventurer who has traveled to many interesting places including Brazil, Argentina and Turkey. She loves the water and is an avid wake surfer who enjoys the irony of being a young grandmother who is still carded on occasion.
Most days you can find Shelley doing what she loves, flinging paint, at her spacious art studio in Bellevue, Washington where Eric has designed a dust free clean room for resin application, gallery walls and a comfy lounge area.
Please visit Shelley's website if you are interested in purchasing this award winning piece or to see more of her work.
Digital Art & PhotographyKathy B. Shapiro
Kathy B. Shapiro is an award winning photographer specializing in modern, abstract, color photography. She seeks to create abstract art through manipulation of her lens and camera settings. Kathy’s focus is on lights and colors. She likes to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary!
As an experimental photographer, Kathy uses different cameras and adjusts her settings to obtain her finish pieces. She starts experimenting and when she finds a camera or setting and angle that gives her a desired output, she goes back and recreates, adjusts or manipulates further. She focuses on color & movement and is often surprised with her unique images. Kathy often uses minimal post processing techniques like hue adjustments. Thus, her abstract work can be viewed as "engineered serendipity".
Kathy's work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States including New York, Vermont, Florida, Rhode Island and throughout California. In addition, Kathy has been a juried artist in the Beverly Hills artShow, Pasadena ArtWalk, Los Angeles Artist Association and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Private collectors include Hoag Hospital, Irvine and Richard Landry, AIA.
Please visit Kathy's website if you are interested in purchasing this award-winning piece or if you would like to see more of her work.