Art exhibit featuring the work of a longtime Fruit Cove resident and artist

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By NewsLine Staff
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An art exhibit showcasing the work of longtime Fruit Cove artist Marie Shell will be on view at the Bartram Trail branch of the St. Johns County Public Library from February 1 through March 12.

Shell was a prodigious and influential painter who called Fruit Cove home for over 50 years. Working from her studio on the Saint John River, she has created over 3,000 cataloged works of art. Her work has been featured in at least 11 art books and she was an iconic member of several artists’ societies, including the National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society , the Mississippi Watercolor Society, the National Collage Society, the Georgia Collage Society, as well as a founding member of the Jacksonville Watercolor Society and the National League of American Pen Women. She has never stopped growing and learning as an artist, and her works run the gamut from realistic portraits and still lifes to impressionistic and abstract works. Her work has been featured in numerous local and national galleries including Stellars, Trends, JIA’s Haskell Gallery, Cummer Museum, Cleveland Art Institute and many more.

Marie Shell died in 2020 at age 97. There was nothing she loved more than sharing her art with the world, so to honor her memory and her spirit, this show is timed to coincide with what would have been her 99th birthday. Everyone is invited to come and admire some of his paintings. Shell’s family also donated a piece of his work, “Expect the Unexpected II”, which will be displayed and raffled off in support of the Friends of the Bartram Trail Branch Library.

“I look forward to the idea that a part of me, a very precious gift, will live on long after I’m gone.” ~ Mary Shell

An online gallery featuring MarieShell’s works has been created at www.facebook.com/ArtOfMarieShell; anyone who owns one of his works is invited to share a photo for inclusion. To see more of her work or for any other inquiries, visit her website, marieshell.com.

Photos courtesy of Michael Ballard
The artist Marie Shell with some of her works.

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