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MEET THE ARTISTS

Meet some of the artists exhibiting at the Heart of Reno feature. The RTIA Show will present 100 curated local artists from the Reno Tahoe region as a central showcase at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

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Shelley Zentner - Portrait & Landscape Painter
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Shelley Zentner - Portrait & Landscape Painter

Born in Wales, Great Britain, Shelley Zentner (Né Hocknell) came to the United States in 2005 on a bouldering road trip, fell in love and never left. She now lives with her husband and young daughter in Christmas Valley, where she paints in her riverside studio. For the past four years, Shelley has been working on two major commissions: The Art of Ashtanga (illustrations for a Yoga teacher training manual) and a 12 foot mural entitled ‘The Metastasis’. In addition to her art career, Shelley teaches oil painting, drawing and art history at Lake Tahoe Community College. Shelley’s paintings have been exhibited internationally since 1996 at venues that include The Museum of Modern Art, Wales, The Bristol Guild of Art, and The Royal Cambrian Academy. During 2000-2005 Shelley established her own successful art gallery and open studio in Betws y Coed, North Wales – supported and sponsored by the Prince’s Trust, The Arts Council of Wales, DMM International, The Royal Oak Hotel, and Arts & Business. Shelley had the honor of meeting art enthusiast Prince Charles in 2002. She has been a featured artist at several international Mountain Film Festivals in the UK, and her work toured with the prestigious Wales Drawing Bienalle. She held solo exhibitions of her work at Penrhyn Castle, The Albany Gallery, Ogilvy & Estill Contemporary Art Gallery in the UK. Shelley is a founding member of the local activist group Tahoe Activist Artists, whose mission is to promote compassion, conversation and connection in our local community through art. Tahoe Activist Artists hosted the fundraising art event We the People at Tahoe Mountain Lab, which was sponsored by Tahoe Arts Alliance, benefitting Live Violence Free, International Rescue Committee and the Malala Fund. Tahoe Arts Alliance awarded Shelley the Arts Innovator Award in 2019 for a Human Trafficking Campaign with the Activist Artists. A collection of large scale oil portraits by Shelley entitled Fundamental Freedoms was featured at the Foyer Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College. 5th Grade children from all the local schools in our district were brought by bus to the college for guided talks and discussion groups led by the artist.