About the Art:
The inspiration for this violin came from a women's drumming circle in
which I participate. Frequently, we will break from drumming and
use other percussion instruments. These are played randomly and
quietly, and the sounds remind me of chirping crickets, tree frogs'
throaty croaks, and summer night creatures' mysterious melodies.
Although this is not actually related to the Sondheim play of the
same name, I feel a passion in both settings. To me as an artist,
music is a very important element in the creative process. I paint
with music playing, and it can range from a quiet Native American
flute solo to boisterous rock, to jazz and to classical, all depending
on my mood and also on what I am painting. Music can also inspire
when there's a big, white paper in front of me, and I have no inspiration
The winning raffle ticket for this violin was drawn on
November 10, 2004.
About the artist:
Awarded a B.A. in painting from Averett College (Danville, Va.), Shelley has studied with Jan Ledbetter,
Cheng Chee Kee, Judi Betts, and Carrie Brown. She is co-owner of and participating artist for Blue Skies
Gallery in Hampton. Her works have received distinguished recognition at, among others, the Virginia Watercolor
Society (in 2003 and 2004), the Eldorado Gallery in Old Colorado City, Colo., and the Suffolk Museum Juried Show.