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Shelton featured on library art wall

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The artwork of Vickie Pope Shelton is featured on the art wall of McIver's Grant Public Library this month. Shelton's exhibit features paintings created from water-based oils ranging from landscapes to portraits.
Painter Vickie Pope Shelton is coming full circle this January as the featured artist on the art wall at McIver's Grant Public Library.

Shelton was first bitten by the artistic bug when she stood before a similar exhibit nearly eight years ago.

On leave from work after an operation in the summer of 2006, Shelton accepted an invitation from her husband to take a stroll through the Dyersburg Mall. As the couple stopped in front of an exhibit of paintings by Rhonda Myers, Shelton felt the pull to pick up a brush herself.

"Something in me said, 'I can do that,'" said Shelton.

Myers informed the couple that she taught classes and gave Shelton her card. A few Saturday classes at the extension office whet Shelton's appetite. The intrigued beginner added books, videos and YouTube tutorials.

"It's hit-and-miss and I'm hitting more than I used to," said Shelton. "That very first year, at the end of December, I painted 23 little magnets of snowmen and I gave them away."

A varied array of paintings in water-based oil now grace the library's art wall. Subjects range from portraits to landscapes. In addition to her own creations, Shelton offers portraits and art inspired by special events like pageants and weddings.

She works mainly from photographs, but always makes a point to add her own creative touch. For example, the portrait of a dog on display in the collection sports the crooked tail of one of Shelton's own pups. A castle painted for her daughter as a Christmas present was inspired by Hogwarts. A landscape featuring hay bales was the result of several excursions into her community.

"I want to brag about how much fun it is," said Shelton. "I have a full-time job and I am usually up about 4 a.m. painting. If you love it -- and, oh my goodness, I do -- I've learned what's so fascinating is that your eyes are awakened to more colors. Now, I notice the sky more. The grass is much more than one color of green."

Shelton has an unusual procedure when she creates her artwork.

"I don't use an easel, I sit in my recliner," said Shelton. "So I call it 'Easy Chair Fine Art.' I put a cover over me and my dog gets in my lap and I paint. There is not an outfit in my closet that doesn't have paint on it."

"McIver's Grant Public Library is happy and excited to recognize the talent we have in Dyersburg and Dyer County through the use of our art wall," said McIver's Grant Public Library Director Regina Patterson.

"I am just tickled to death that I got onto the wall," said Shelton.

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