Kelly Phebus is a fifth generation Washingtonian, now living in Maryland. This artist, instructor, and mother came to value the traditional arts and classical training to perfect art-making skills quite early in life. She follows the footsteps of her mother and mentor, Aletha Phebus, a self-taught woodwright who became passionate about carpentry at a time when young ladies were not permitted in shop class. As a young apprentice groomed in a wood-shop free of gender boundaries, Kelly seeks to prosper in a wide range of artistic passions.
First and foremost, many thanks for the ongoing support of these talented colleagues:
Jalene Januze - Photographer, Model & Liaison
Abigail Richon - Gallery Operations Support
Kelly’s skills in basic wood construction, refinishing and repair soon led to decorative carving, glass etching and wood burning by the age of twelve. Before too long this girl was bringing home art from school that pushed the boundaries of content and technique of her peers. In her high school portfolio one finds a pastel inspired by Dante's Inferno, a watercolor editorial on Roe v. Wade, pencil portraits inspired by DaVinci, sculpture modeled after pre-Raphaelite paintings. Twice awarded recognition from The Folger Shakespeare Theater for deftly edited narratives with modern relevance, revealing costumes, and wholly dedicated peers. Kelly’s mindful commitment to classical aesthetic in a contemporary context gained her acceptance and encouragement despite politically charged limitations on the arts in schools. Still today, it is this liminal zone - between cultural truths and political correctness - from which Kelly draws her vigor for the arts.
“My desire to make art happen is something that would never be stifled – regardless of which direction my life has turned, I have always returned to the creative path, against all odds.”
A Few of Kelly's Works . . .
Kelly is a Master's candidate in teaching. She earned her BFA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland after earning her AA in Fine Arts from Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She has received a number of awards for sculpture, painting and teaching in Maryland. While attending MC Rockville. She earned a position in the highly competitive internship for two-year students at the National Gallery of Art Frames Conservation Lab where she proudly contributed a new sample to the frame profiles library. It was amidst the collections and hidden vaults that the desire to share art experiences with the public first took seed. Now at 505 North, Kelly’s art practice spans the traditional and functional to diverse studio methods.
Come share the experience, muse and enjoy!