Please join us on February 6 as we welcome D YaeL Kelley who was recently named the MUSE Visual Arts Award winner for 2020 by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. The MUSE arts awards shine a spotlight on special people who inspire and guide St. Petersburg as a true City of the Arts. Please join YaeL as she shares why the Arts are so important to the health and success of the community. She will share her journey and how St. Petersburg has risen to become an international arts destination. YaeL shared this quote ““My grandmother taught me that I am a part of my community, that the health of that community depended upon me and that my identity was not who I claimed to be, but who claimed me. We are who we are through every connection we have made or will make.” I hope you can join us for this enlightening discussion.
D YaeL Kelley lives and works at her studio in the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her eclectic heritage influence her current explorations. YaeL was born in Ohio and grew up in Florida, where she sold her first work at age 14. She has since lived in England, Arizona and Texas. While in England she attended Suffolk College of Art and Design. She has worked in the visual arts, in museums and in the theatre. Her career spans more than 40 years as a professional painter, arts advocate and certified instructor/demonstration artists for several major arts manufacturers, which include Crayola Crayons, Winsor and Newton, and Daler Rowney. She is a past president and artist in residence of the center for Contemporary Arts of Abilene, past vice-president of the Texas Visual Arts Association, served the city of St. Petersburg on the Arts Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Transition Team for Arts and Culture. She is a founding member of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. YaeL has enjoyed many solo shows and group exhibitions throughout her career and is represented in St. Petersburg by Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery. Her paintings are in collections internationally.