East Coast -- Land, Sea and Sky
Shirley Whelan will be exhibiting new paintings in a solo exhibit at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA) July 1-July 28, 2012. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, July 6, 2012 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
The theme of the show is East Coast -- Land, Sea and Sky and features ideas and concepts inspired by travel from Virginia to New England. Shirley's work is trending towards abstract landscapes but details appear here and there. She strives for an atmospheric feeling of the view. She works in both oil and acrylic paints and prefers to work on linen canvas because the texture of the surface becomes an integral part of the finished work. The painting Sky Blue is a 36" square and resulted from a study of a smaller square painting of a periwinkle sky. Another painting Serenity focuses on the softness of the visual elements in a misty landscape.
Shirley has a degree in art from the University of Maryland with concentration in creative painting. She has been exhibiting art work in juried shows at FCCA since 2002. She is a current member of Art First Gallery on Caroline Street.