By Andrea Sciamanna
Shelby Kregel underlines the importance of aiming for your dreams and shooting for the stars through her piece “Paper Plane Dreams,” located in Biggby Coffee at 146 Monroe Center in Grand Rapids.
“Paper Plane Dreams” is an acrylic based/watercolor painting of the stars in the sky at nighttime and consists of acrylic paint, water, rubbing alcohol and spontaneity.
“I like to have fun,” said Kregel, 26, of Grand Rapids about her process of creating art. “No pencil and no tracing. I just start with a color and then see where it takes me.”
Kregel’s painting is whimsical and brings back the childhood aspect of wishing upon a star to make your dreams come true. It also invites ArtPrize-goers to share their dreams right by her piece.
“It’s a really cool thing to see,” Kregel said about people interacting with her art.
Kregel’s piece was inspired after a trip to Death Valley, California with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter.
“There was nothing but open skies for miles and miles,” Kregel said. “I would just look up and see the possibilities of dreams anywhere that I traveled. Every state has something new to be inspired by.”
This is her first entry at ArtPrize, but it’s not her first experience trying to display her artwork. “A couple years back I hid some of my art around downtown,” she said.
As for her experience so far, Kregel says she’s having fun with the experience.
“It’s going well and it’s fun to be a part of,” Kregel said. “It’s an expression of who you are as well as finding your voice, and I really think that’s what makes the world a better place.”
Kregel plans on continuing her work with young people along with her husband after ArtPrize this year.
“My husband is a mentor and a youth pastor, and we both like working with (and) helping at-risk teens,” she said. “That is what we’re passionate about, and we hope to help them with a ministry of our own someday.”
Kregel expresses for future up-and-coming artists to find their voice through their individual experiences.
“Just be confident,” Kregel said. “Embrace your quirks and don’t be afraid to mess up. I believe when you’re confident, you’re living the best life. If you love it, everyone will see it and love it too.”
Kregel’s piece can be found inside Biggby Coffee, located at 146 Monroe Center, Suite 155. It will be showing Mondays through Fridays 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
To follow more on Kregel, check out her website where all of artwork is displayed.