Colby Community College graduate Shela Reilley will be featured at Studio Friday hosted by Colby Community College on Friday, Dec. 4, in Ferguson Hall, rooms #502 and #503.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-12 noon and from 1-3 p.m. Area artists including high school students are invited to attend this presentation of Reilley’s works. She will be giving two presentations. The morning session will begin at 9 a.m. with the afternoon session starting at 1 p.m.

Reilley primarily paints in pastels which provide intense colors. She paints rural landscapes, mountain scenes and urban scenes. She paints in a representational style with much liberty given to color combinations.

Reilley, a graduate of Colby Community College, received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in fashion design. She moved to New York City where she was employed as a children’s wear clothing designer and staff artist for London Fog, Gitano, Jordache and Simplicity. Later she moved from New York, and after living in the San Francisco Bay area for two years she and husband Kelly settled in Aurora, Colo.

“Today I volunteer frequently at our two sons’ school art rooms and teach adult art classes for the City of Aurora,” said Reilley. “I’ve taken many art workshops and classes and have studied with Doug Dawson at the Denver Arts Students League. Though my favorite medium is pastels, I also enjoy other mediums, including oils.”

Reilley has received numerous awards including “Best of Show” in the Gateway to the Rockies Art Show in 2000 and 2005. Four of her paintings were among the 150 selected by jurors Neil Patterson, Oil Painters of America President, and Kristin Hoerth, Southwest Art magazine editor-in-chief, for the 2011 Kansas Art Competition. These paintings were included in the State of the Art/Kansas, The Artistic Perspective. In 2012 she had two paintings accepted into the Paint America 2012 competition. Examples of her works can be found at

For more information regarding the presentation or to receive a list of needed materials for those who wish to do the pastels with Reilley, contact CCC Art Instructor Rebel Jay at (785) 269-7065. There is no charge to attend.