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Shellie Phelps Whitfield is a multifaceted individual whose passion for art and dedication to community and economic development have made her a prominent figure in both the creative and business worlds. With her unique blend of artistic talent and leadership acumen, Shellie has left an indelible mark on the town of Wetumpka, Alabama, and her compelling public speaking engagements inspire audiences nationwide.
Shellie's journey as an artist is a testament to her boundless creativity and dedication to self-expression. An award-winning outsider artist, she has captured the hearts of collectors across the United States with her distinctive artistic expressions. Born and raised in various parts of the world, Shellie now proudly calls Wetumpka, Alabama, her artistic haven.
Her artistic repertoire knows no bounds, encompassing various mediums such as crude-knife acrylic (using her grandmother's silver butter knife), mixed media, collage, action painting, clay, and papier-mâché. Shellie firmly believes in breaking the creative mold and expressing herself freely through her art. Her work emanates joy through its intricate use of lines, colors, and textures, embodying her studio's motto: "WHERE PAINT MEETS JOY."
In her professional life, Shellie Phelps Whitfield is an unparalleled force in the realm of community and economic development. Serving as the Executive Director of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, she has played a pivotal role in the revitalization of Wetumpka, Alabama. Her leadership extends beyond city limits, connecting businesses throughout Wetumpka, Elmore County, and the state of Alabama.
Shellie's expertise in fostering community growth through the arts is truly remarkable. She has become a recognized authority on the subject, and her speaking engagements have taken her across the United States. Her talks inspire and empower audiences with insights into the transformative power of art in revitalizing small towns and creating stronger, more vibrant communities.
Shellie Phelps Whitfield's dedication to both her artistic endeavors and her community development work exemplifies her unwavering commitment to making the world a more beautiful and prosperous place. Her ability to seamlessly blend artistry and leadership has left an enduring impact on Wetumpka, and her captivating public speaking engagements continue to enlighten and motivate audiences nationwide. In addition to her remarkable artistic accomplishments and numerous speaking engagements, Shellie has also received recognition as part of the 2023 "Alabama Women Who Shape the State", further solidifying her legacy of creativity, growth, and inspiration.