Rebecca Shelly is a multi-media artist who loves painting and sewing. Her latest creative projects combine applique, picture piecing, painting and free motion quilting.
She teaches Art History and Drawing at Butte College. At Honey Run Quilters, she teaches garment construction classes and children sewing camps.
Shelly attended the Maine College of Art where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting. As a painter she has worked with oils, acrylic, water color and gouache. Her work combined plant imagery with abstractions. She moved to Portland, Oregon and continued with this work. In Oregon, she showed her work at the New American Art Union, Woolly at the Wonder, Falsefront Studio, Worksound Gallery, Launchpad Gallery, Disjecta, Nisus Gallery and Autzen Gallery. She attended Portland State University where she received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Contemporary Arts Practice with a focus on Studio Arts. After graduate school she began to experiment with sewing. Her most recent work combines her background of painting with sewing and quilting. This year she has shown this work with 1078 Gallery and at the Chico Art Center.