For Immediate Release, Sept 9, 2013
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Aspen Artist, Shelly Hamill, to exhibit exclusive collection of
Tile Mosaic Dress Sculptures
at Santa Barbara’s prestigious new El Encanto
Aspen, CO (September 9, 2013)- Aspen, Colorado based tile mosaic artist Shelly Hamill announces a colorful collaboration with the new El Encanto by Orient-Express Hotels, Ltd. in Santa Barbara, CA to exhibit her mosaic dress sculptures in the public areas of the luxury resort.
Shelly initially began showcasing her sculptures in luxury hotels as a means to gain exposure. Guests of her hotel partners began to ask about purchasing the pieces, and a new way of selling art soon commenced. “I believe the residential setting cultivated in luxury hotels beautifully lends itself to displaying these collector pieces. The setting provides the viewer the opportunity to imagine what the sculptures would look like in their own homes.” Shelly says.
The spectacular design and décor of El Encanto, which reopened this March following a meticulous seven-year renovation, creates a perfect setting for the display of Mrs. Hamill’s sculptures. The resort will offer a rotating display of tile mosaic dresses for sale by Mrs. Hamill throughout the property and purchases are available through The Spa retail boutique. Prices for these one of a kind sculptures range between $1500 and $4200 and the size ranges between 12 inches and 24 inches in height. The various sizes created allow for flexibility on where collectors choose to display their sculptures; on entry hall tables, sofa tables, kitchen islands, dressing rooms- “They look fantastic on a table in front of a mirror- it affords you the opportunity to see the back of the dress as well.” adds Shelly.
When asked if Mrs. Hamill plans to deliver the sculptures in person to Santa Barbara and El Encanto, “Who wouldn’t want that job?!” she responds. “I am flattered to be included as part of what is a very special property where so much care and attention were given to the overall aesthetic and the guest experience. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with this wonderful resort.”
Shelly Hamill has been creating artwork professionally since 2005. In addition to El Encanto, Mrs. Hamill’s pieces can be purchased at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Dancing Bear Aspen Resort and galleries in Aspen, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Santa Fe. Her unique approach to mosaics and dress design has set her apart from other artists and her desire is to make sculpture art accessible to a whole new audience of international collectors. Shelly resides in Aspen, CO with her husband and three children.
For Immediate Release July 23, 2013
Ft. Worth Native Returns to her Roots
Making Donation to Baylor All Saints Foundation in Honor of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
ASPEN, COLO. (July 23, 2013) — Ft. Worth born artist, Shelly A. Hamill, will be returning to the Metroplex for a solo show with the Ft. Worth Community Arts Center October 4-30, 2013, Opening Reception October 4, 2013, 6-9 p.m.
Shelly will be showing works of tile mosaic dress sculptures and photography. Her tile mosaic dress sculptures have been shown in museums and galleries across the United States, Bermuda and Mexico and are housed in many private collections.
She is a seventh generation Texan who lived in Ft. Worth until 1983 and has returned to Texas frequently over the years. Shelly has just rented a live/work studio off Bailey Ave. and looks forward to spending more time in her home town.
“Growing up in Ft. Worth meant we were surrounded by culture,” said Shelly Hamill (nee Donaldson), who was born in Ft. Worth in 1969. “From the art museums, to the live theater, ballet and throw in some stock show and rodeo. On rainy days my mother would take us to the museum and my grandfather was a volunteer at the rodeo. My very first dance recital with Joan Nelson’s Dance Workshop was at the Scott Theater. Returning to that building and hosting my first solo show in Ft. Worth in Gallery 9 next door is very special for me.”
As an adult, Shelly became a flight attendant with American Airlines and was stationed in New York. “In my mind, there was no other airline I could consider — AA was it! I don’t work for the airline any longer, but I am delighted to be a Gold with AAdvantage- still flying American.” she said.
On her days off in Manhattan, Shelly would visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. On layovers in cities around the world, she also visited other cultural institutions to soak up the various influences.
Shelly met her husband while working as a flight attendant and moved to Bermuda, where they stayed for 17 years and had three children. While in Bermuda, she created a program, Art in the Park for children, which was inspired by memories of Ft. Worth’s Mayfest. It was eventually turned over to the Masterworks Foundation in Bermuda. She also volunteered with the Bermuda National Gallery and, for a short time, helped run the Elliot Gallery at the Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation.
Shelly teaches mosaics to adults and children. She has taught at the Masterworks Foundation in Bermuda and Colorado Mountain College in Aspen, Colo.
It was in Bermuda that Shelly began experimenting with photographic mosaics, cutting up photographs and putting them back together to create a new image. The dramatic results catalyzed Shelly’s creativity and she moved on to traditional mosaics. Applying the tiles face down in the indirect method, she began to explore color, form and texture with tile. Changing to the direct method, applying the tiles face up and grouting from the top, she began to see the possibility of creating fluidity with materials that are hard and rigid. Creating life size sculptures depicting women’s dress forms was an inspired idea that allowed her to soar creatively.
“My challenge is to create something that is feminine and flirty, with softness and drape-like fabric, using ceramic, glass and stone,” she said. “I work to create flow and gracefulness. My hope is that the viewer is willing to touch the pieces, experience the rigidity of them and appreciate seeing something in an entirely new way.”
The biggest influence on Shelly as an artist was her maternal grandmother, Jane Keller. Jane was an artist also and delighted in painting Texas Bluebonnets. Weekends spent with her grandparents were full of painting, sewing, baking and antiquing. “My grandmother kept me busy teaching me how to do things”, Shelly says. “My very first job was washing the glass ash trays at their antique shop, Town Pump Antiques. I got paid 10 cents apiece!” The experience and influence of sewing and antiquing can been seen in the subject matter Shelly chooses, mosaic dress sculptures, and the choice of materials, old china plates. “When I would visit Ft. Worth and my grandmother was still able, we would antique together. In 2009 we discovered a set of beautiful pale pink plates. These plates would eventually become the skirt for the sculpture I contributed to the Joan Katz Breast Center at the Baylor All Saints Hospital in Ft. Worth. My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor.”
In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Shelly will contribute a portion of the proceeds from each sale of artwork from the Ft. Worth Community Arts Center show to the Baylor Health Foundation and Joan Katz Breast Center. “My grandmother was a survivor and I am a direct recipient of all the new technology available today to diagnose and treat breast cancer early. Making a donation is the right thing to do.” Said Shelly
Shelly Hamill has been creating artwork professionally since 2005. Her unique approach to mosaics and dress design set her apart from other artists and make sculpture art accessible to a whole new audience of international collectors. Shelly lives full time in Aspen, CO with her husband and three children.
February 26, 2013 For Immediate Release
'Shelly Hamill has been commissioned to create a mosaic pageant gown for Jessica Billings, the reigning Miss Pennsylvania, USA. Born in Erie, PA and raised in Bloomington, MN, Jessica shares Shelly’s love of travel. In addition to her many charitable endeavors, Jessica works as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines.
Shelly will capture the beauty, elegance and grace of Miss Pennsylvania in her sculpture, which will be unveiled at Jessica’s Miss USA Pageant send off party in May. For more information about Jessica Billings visit www.billingsjessica.com.'
Debbie Goetz Media Connections, LLC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 20, 2013
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Aspen Artist, Shelly Hamill, to host Solo Show benefitting the
Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at
Aspen, CO (September 20, 2013) - Aspen based 7th generation Texan and Fort Worth native tile mosaic artist Shelly Hamill will be hosting a solo show with the Ft. Worth Community Arts Center in October and has committed that a portion of the proceeds from every piece of artwork sold for the duration of the month long show will be donated to the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort. Worth in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. ‘Meeting in the Middle: Mosaics’ will feature tile mosaic dress sculptures and photography by Mrs. Hamill running Oct 4-30, 2013 with an Opening Reception on October 4, 6-9 p.m. at the Ft. Worth Community Arts Center.
Patients and their families who benefit from the services offered by the Joan Katz Breast Center and health care providers who facilitate in the Center are already familiar with Mrs. Hamill’s artwork. ‘Pretty in Pink’, by Shelly Hamill, a 24 inch high tile mosaic dress created out of pale pink plates and white ceramic tiles has adorned the patient meeting area of the Center for the past three years. Art consultant for the Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, Shanan Campbell Wells has this to say, "The art collection at Joan Katz Breast Center is about women, their femininity, their quiet strength, their beauty. The sculpture that was chosen from Shelly's portfolio enriches and enhances those feelings. Collaborating with Shelly on this was a true pleasure."
The nudge to contribute struck again this past spring. Shelly was presented with an opportunity to show her artwork at the Ft. Worth Community Arts Center. At the same time as Shelly was considering whether to do the show, a friend of a friend was battling with the final stages of breast cancer. Messages were being sent out on Facebook from the family to please pray. Shelly shares, “While I didn’t know this person or her family, I was heartsick for them. At the same time as I was praying about whether I should do this show, I was praying for this family. The answer became obvious, I had to do this show.” As a result, Shelly contacted Janet Glaze from the All Saints Health Foundation and arranged for a contribution, 10% of all artwork sold during the show will be donated to the Joan Katz Breast Center.
Sadly, the woman battling breast cancer this past spring did not win. In addition to the 10% that will be contributed, Shelly has created a sculpture replica of the Joan Katz Breast Center logo, Surrounded by Hope, in her honor. This sculpture will be sold with 100% of the sale going to the Center. The title of the piece is ‘Misti’, 20 H. Cathy Sheffield of All Saints Health Foundation adds, ‘We are so very grateful for Shelly’s generous heart and philanthropic spirit when it comes to supporting the Joan Katz Breast Center. On behalf of all of the women and men who will walk through the doors of the Center and benefit from its services, we thank Shelly for supporting our mission. We encourage you to visit the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, in October, to appreciate first-hand how Shelly’s creative genius matches her generosity.’
The Joan Katz Breast Center is a unique program offered at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. Patients with breast, gynecological and other cancers, regardless of hospital preference or geographical location, are all welcome. The navigation programs and non-medical services are 100% funded by donor support and offered at no charge to patients.
Shelly Hamill has been creating artwork professionally since 2005. In addition to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center Show, her works can also be purchased at Rosewood Tuckers Point Hotel in Bermuda, Esperanza Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, El Encanto Hotel and Resort in Santa Barbara, Dancing Bear Residences in Aspen and galleries in Aspen, Charlotte and Philadelphia. Her unique approach to mosaics and dress design set her apart from other artists and make sculpture art accessible to a whole new audience of collectors. Shelly lives full time in Aspen, CO with her husband and three children.