Tanglewood Art League July, August 2018 Artist of the Month

Merry Mary Fulton-Kelley, Musician/Artist

Merry Mary Fulton-Kelley is shown at right. She, and her polymer clay teacher, Alice Stroppel, left, are holding her framed mixed media painting titled, By the Sea. The watercolor painting uses polymer clay to accentuate the wind-blown dress. The painting is on view, through the month of august, in the Tanglewood Community Room Gallery.

Merry grew up appreciating the arts, especially music. She is a proud of studying music for two years at the renowned Julliard School of Music in New York. She did not have any art experience until retiring to Florida twenty one years ago when she started taking art lessons in Delray Beach, Florida. Mary moved to Tanglewood eleven years ago as a snow bird, and became a full-time resident last year.

Merry has been working with clay for about nine months, under the tutelage of Alice Stroppel. Alice teaches in her eclectic shop, Studio 215, on Ridgewood Drive, near the circle in downtown Sebring. Polymer Clay is an art medium that is known for its versatility, pliability and simplicity to work with. It is an oven bake modeling material composed of polymers, resins, coloring agents and fillers. Polymer clay is used by artists in an assortment of crafts, including jewelry, home decoration, pottery, scrapbooking and sculpture.
Merry’s expressive artworks utilizing polymer clay are on display in the Clubhouse Showcase through the month of August. Samples of her work are shown below.

     

In Merry’s words: … most of my spare time is spent playing with paints; playing in the pool with water aerobics; playing golf; playing bridge; playing the piano; and playing-+++. Isn’t retirement wonderful?

     

Be sure to visit our exhibit in the Community Room Gallery!

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