About the Artist

Shelley Koopmann grew up in New York surrounded by art and music, but it wasn't until
she and her husband retired to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, that she was able to
pursue her dream of creating art.

Shelley works primarily in pastels, a pure pigment medium used by such famous artists
as Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. She finds the Virginia landscape wonderfully
inspiring, and also continues to paint the beaches of Long Island and the coast of
Maine.  She has received numerous awards including First Place at the League of
Roanoke Artists 25th Annual Showcase of the Arts and also at the 3rd Annual Westlake
Library Juried Show.  In 2009 Shelley entered her first national show and had the
honor of having 2 of her paintings accepted. In 2010, she was accepted into the
Appalachian Pastel Society’s 2nd National Juried Exhibition, judged by renowned artist
Ann Templeton.  Shelley’s work is part of the Carilion Clinic's permanent collection at
Smith Mountain Lake and in Roanoke. You can see her work at 2nd Helpings Gallery in
Roanoke,  Artfully Framed and The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake, Goose Creek
Studio and Art on Depo in Bedford, New Mountain Mercantile in Floyd, and numerous
other places in Southwestern Virginia.  Shelley is past President of the Bald Knob
Artists, a group of approximately 80 artists from the area. She is a member of the
League of Roanoke Artists, and Artists on the Loose.
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