Please join us for the Month of April Cary Art Loop ‘Final Friday’ art crawl as we host talented local artist Shelley DeBlase. This event promises to be a special one: Beginning in April, Final Fridays will feature entertainment hubs at select locations around Downtown Cary and Chocolate Smiles has been chosen as a hub host venue replete with performing artists and food truck.

About Shelley

I am primarily a self-taught artist who is inspired by my love of travel. My work consists of abstract and surreal representations of sights and vistas that I have both captured in my mind and by camera. I love new experiences and challenging myself, both mentally and physically. I have the same mindset when it comes to my art. Using a variety of materials and techniques keeps my excitement fresh and allows me to go beyond my comfort zone.

My mixed media work consists oil paint, copper enamel, encaustic, metal and found objects. Inspiration for my recent body of work came from travels to locations such as Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Iceland and Japan. My trips to the remote, surreal, “other worldly” parts of Arctic Norway and Iceland helped me see the beauty of starkness and desolation. I recently returned from a trip to Japan, where a successful summit of Mt. Fuji, gave me insight on how important goals are and the determination to achieve them. This experience gave me the inspiration to transfer that same mindset to my artwork and push myself beyond my limits.

This planet has so much diversity and beauty. I believe it’s our job to capture and share it with others.

This show will run through the months of March and April 2016.