Shelley Zentner Fine Art

Tahoe Pride

Love is a National Treasure

I am thrilled to share that four of my oil paintings have been selected for Tahoe Pride 2018! Come and join us for the opening celebration, with live music, food and drink and performance.

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Tahoe Pride 2018

How Soon is Now?

Oil on Panel

15 x 13.5"

Recent Project

Collaboration with my Soul Sister in Wales

Artists in Arms. I just got back from Wales, and was lucky enough to make a dream come true! Niki and I have been talking about doing a collaboration for years, and we finally started it. Niki Cotton and I met when we were 11 years old in school, went to college together, so then Art foundation course in Bangor. We did our Degrees at opposite ends of the country. Our shared artistic lineage isn’t immediately obvious, I imagine..but to us, we’re perfectly aligned. This is the first time I’ve collaborated on a painting, and to be honest I was a little nervous. I work in isolation and silence (apart from the Depeche Mode). I wondered whether my hyperfocused working practice and ego might interfere. Niki had already hung the paper on the wall, and as she was making the tea, I started smoothing the paper with my hands and before I knew it I was drawing ellipses with charcoal. I stood back and she started to paint. Memories of student days, our talks, walks, shared love of nature and artists we’ve studied all spilled onto the paper without effort or plan. What resulted was a fluid synergy, oscillating between form and abstraction. Now that I'm back in the US, we'll be mailing work back and forth to each other to continue the collaboration from a distance. Who knows what will become of the work? Watch this space...

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Mixed Media on Paper 32 x 23"

Artists in Arms

Fundamental Freedoms

April 19th - June 23rd 2018

The Foyer Gallery

Lake Tahoe Community College

Opening Reception April 19th 6:30pm

with guest speaker Mayor Wendy David

Plus: Community showing and panel discussion of Award-winning Film "He Named me Malala" on April 27th in the Duke Theatre, at 5:30 pm

Admission is free

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Creating Visions of Humanity

For the past year, I have been working on a collection of paintings which explore concepts of freedom. Freedom to vote, to learn, to explore, to escape violence and enslavement.

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Art Cards

Beautiful 5x5" linen cards featuring original oil paintings in the Fundamental Freedoms Collection

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Lucky to attend Shelley Zentner’s first Artist Activist event last fall (in October, 2017), my husband, Jeff, and I were doubly rewarded. Not only were we able to purchase the large powerful oil portrait of Marie Curie but we met its creator, Shelley, a truly remarkable woman in her own right. We’ve hung Marie Curie’s portrait in our living room where it’s immediately noticed and praised by all, further affirmation of the power of Shelly’s artistry as well as her selection of subject. As a feminist, I feel championing women’s achievements is paramount. Marie Curie hurdled barriers. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, as well as the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.

– Linda Reichel

Art & Science in an Age of Unreason

Interview and time lapse film with Anthony Capaiulo of First Tracks Productions, a Tahoe Activist Artists project.