Humanities Balcony Gallery

Inside the Stillness

April 1 – April 30, 2010

Reception: Thursday, April 1 – 3 to 5 p.m.

With imaginative and colorful designs, artist Marikay Shellman will present an array of her work in “Inside the Stillness” at the San Juan College Humanities Art Gallery, April 1 – 30. The opening reception will be held Thursday, April 1, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the San Juan College Humanities Gallery.

Painting since the 1970’s, Shellman says her work begins with a concept – a vision that catches her eye, a political event loaded with irony or music that delights her soul. Often an image appears out of a rough sketch, which takes on a voice of its own.

Her process often begins by drawing with charcoal in wet paint. Utilizing bold reds, yellows, blues and the unlimited variations of these strong primaries, she works to achieve a balance between loose and aesthetic, spontaneous and precise.

“Painting, like life, is a constant change,” Shellman says. “It’s important to appreciate how beauty in a unique color pops out in a totally unplanned place. This allows me to let go of the need to control while maintaining attention to detail. Through paint, I am constantly learning.”

Mixed media has been her passion since she first began painting. Recently, after seeing work by Cezanne, she fell in love with painting with oil.

“I’m inspired by the richness of colors that can be achieved by continually mixing paint, the viscosity of the oil that develops the contrast of textures, and the layering of paint that leaves hints of what is beneath,” she says.

Lately Shellman has based her work on two themes – the beauty in stillness and the broken man. “In stillness, I observe the seasons of life, learn patience, accept changes and gain strength,” she explains. “These lessons parallel painting with oil.”

The Humanities Art Gallery is located in the Humanities balcony in the West Classroom Complex.
It is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events, contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464.