While Maria Shell's work is firmly grounded in the tradition and craft of quilt making, she uses her years of experience to create surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer.
Maria is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award, and a Rasmuson Fellowship. In 2012, Maria was one of 44 artists from the Northwest invited to participate in the Bellevue Arts Museum's Biennial High Fiber Diet. She was a featured artist for the 2013 Surface Design Association's International Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. She has had several solo and small group shows including Cut, Stitch, Press at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska, The Art of the Grid at the Wiseman Gallery in Grants Pass, Oregon, Fiber at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio, and Hot Crossed Squares at the Kenai Peninsula College Gallery in Soldotna, Alaska.
In the fall of 2014, Maria was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she worked with formerly chronically homeless individuals to build a community quilt celebrating their new home. In 2016, she will be part of the three-person show at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens.
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