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Gallery Open Tuesday - Saturday 

10 AM - 5 PM

Village Court
890 Elm Grove Road
Elm Grove, WI
Phone: 262-780-1191
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Shelby Keefe's Gallery

Shelby Keefe is a contemporary impressionistic painter, teacher and performance artist. Born in Whitewater, WI in 1958, she graduated in 1981 with a BFA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. After retiring from a career in graphic design, she now operates her own art studio and exhibition space in Bay View, on the south side of Milwaukee. Her award-winning urban landscape paintings have earned her participation in prestigious national juried shows and arts festivals as well as garnering commission work for a variety of corporate clients and private collectors. Her oil paintings are found in collections such as The Bradley Foundation, Acuity, Northwestern Mutual, Ozaukee Country Club; WE Energies; Foley & Lardner; Habush, Habush and Rottier, SC; Cook & Franke, SC; and other businesses around Milwaukee, and in private collections around the nation.

Artist Statement

"Between My House and His"

Size: 20 x 30 inches

Media: oil on canvas 2002

"Bay View Alley from Above"

Size: 14 x 18 inches

Media: oil on canvas 2007

"Front Porch Perspective"

Size: 18 x 24 inches

Media: oil on canvas 2008

Artist Statement

Technique and Intention

Impressionist oil paintings on stretched canvas that utilize a vibrant  acrylic under painting

Impressionist Oil Painter

I consider myself to be a contemporary Impressionist specializing in  architectural subjects, whether it be urban or rural landscapes. I use  my own photographs as reference as well as painting "en plein air". I  intend to put the viewer in the scene; transporting them to the  location and transforming their mood in a positive way through color  and composition. I'm attracted to scenes where the subjects are  dramatically lit.  This adds a vibrancy and a sense of immediacy to  the paintings. I like to apply the oils freely and liberally over  brilliant acrylic under paintings, creating a subtle juxtaposition of  contrasting colors that vibrate and excite the eye. I believe that a  work of art has a longer lasting "wall life" if the viewer continually  finds something new in the work and the paint is allowed to do the  "talking."

Teacher & Performance Artist

I am committed to furthering my growth as an artist and also to share  my vision and techniques with the larger community. I teach that  making art, being around art, and thinking creatively is essential for  human fulfillment and quality of life. I believe that ALL people have  creativity within--no matter what their experience with art-making. My  contribution as a teacher and artistic coach involves direct and  individualized instruction to all levels of experience with focus on  doing painting demonstrations and "performance art". 

Shelby Keefe

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