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Maria Shell

MASTER ARTIST

Mastrius Artist Mentor

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Mentoring Emerging Artists
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MEDIUM: Quilt
SPECIALTY: ✔ Generalist 

Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making.

She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer.

Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth

Maria’s EXPERTISE

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Specialty: ✔ Quilt, ✔ Generalist

Technical:

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Colour and Composition

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Technique Demos

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Providing Art Critiques

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Teaching How to Self Critique

MARKETING & BRANDING:

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Artist Statement & CV

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Shows and Exhibits

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How to take one experience and use it to leverage another one

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Grant Writing

Business:

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Pricing Artwork

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Getting Solo Shows

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Running your art business the day-to-day

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Studio Time Management

Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.
~ Deb, Emerging Artist

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MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

Artwork by Grahame Booth

Maria is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award and two Rasmuson Fellowships (2009, 2013, 2017).

She has had several solo and small group shows including  fiber at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio, Right Lines  & Circles at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum and Gardens in Ormond Beach, Florida, Line + Shape at the Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley, California, and The Pieced Canvas at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. 

Her most recent solo exhibition is Off the Grid which was on view at the Shelburne Art Museum in Shelburne, Vermont from May—October 2022.

Her first book Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape was published in 2017. You can see more of Maria’s work on her website

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