Shelley Howard, In Plein Sight 2016

Shelley Howard_Crested Butte Meadow-300 dpi

Crested Butte Meadow by Shelley Howard

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Shelley Howard, Denver, Colorado


Shelley Howard_Winter Sojourn 300 dpi

Winter Sojourn by Shelley Howard

Originally from Ohio, Shelley Howard received a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University, and later an MA in visual arts education from The University of Northern Colorado while teaching art in the public schools in Colorado.


From the beginning, her work has been inspired by the architectural landscape in Colorado and New Mexico. The interplay of edges with expressive brushstrokes, or in Shelley’s case, mark making in pastel, helps unify the works while creating a feeling of rhythm throughout each piece.

Shelley Howard_Willow Creek Patio 300 dpi

Willow Creek Patio by Shelley Howard


Shelley regularly exhibits her work as an active member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, the Plein Air Artists of Colorado and the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Her studio and gallery is at Artists on Santa Fe, Denver, CO.  In June Shelley participated as a juried artist in the 2016 Santa Fe Plein Air Festival, Santa Fe, NM.

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Michelle Poolet

PLAN Jeffco Board Member. Michelle Poolet is a relative new-comer to PLAN Jeffco, but not to the world of volunteer work. She has been on the Board of PLAN Jeffco since 2008, and in that time has worked hard to ensure the success of various PJ conferences and events. She is part of the PLAN Jeffco web content subcommittee, and liaisons between the PLAN Jeffco Board and the Open Space Advisory Committee. Her “day job” is as President and Chief Enterprise Architect of Mount Vernon Data Systems, a BBB A+ accredited database consulting company. Michelle lives on Lookout Mountain, in unincorporated JeffCo, with her best pal, TessaRose the collie, with whom she enjoys daily trekking in the forests.

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