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Shelby Marzoni

Shelby Marzoni has been living in the Imperial Beach area for 30 years. She grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and lived for many years in Indiana. She studied with Olya Losina at Prima Materia and completed Olya's Teacher Training Program. Shelby's painting titled “Spring Creek Elementary, 1960” was included in the 2013 Athenaeum exhibition. She has exhibited at On the Edge Gallery in La Mesa, where in 2013 she received a People’s Choice Award and a solo exhibition. Emerald C Gallery in Coronado, La Mesa Public Library, Spring Valley Public Library, Bonita Public Library, Hess Breweries North Park and Ocean Beach, Rock and Roll San Diego, and the Academy of Music in Chula Vista have also shown her work. Her environmentally-inspired "Mercy Mercy Me" is on display in Mayor's office at Imperial Beach City Hall. Shelby's portraits and seascapes were recently featured in a two-room solo show at the Imperial Beach Public Library. In 2019, she was awarded 1st place in the Front Porch Gallery Juried Show in Carlsbad and Best in Show in the South Bayfront Artists Spring Art Fest. She also received Honorable Mention in the Shades of Red show, part of the Vista Strawberry Festival.


Shelby works in both oil and acrylic. Landscapes and seascapes make up an important part of her repertoire. However,  Shelby is most passionate about portraying human subjects in novel ways. Musicians, famous and not-yet famous, are a favorite theme. 

Shelby currently teaches a weekly painting class at the Imperial Beach Senior Center and themed series of classes under the name Art Ventures from her home studio in Imperial Beach, CA.


Art Education

Studied painting with Olya Losina

Oil technique with Margaret Chiaro

Art instructor training with Olya Losina




Juried Shows and Awards

 2013 La Jolla Athenaeum Juried Show

2013 People's Choice Award - On the Edge Gallery

2019 Front Porch juried show, 1st place

2019 South Bayfront Artists Art Fest, Best in Show

2019 Vista Strawberry Festival - Honorable Mention


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