Chapin Art Trail
A Community Art Project
Emphasizing the importance of both recreational and tournament fishing to our local community was the motivation for painting this piece. Viewers will note that the fishing lures painted on the trail post may be a mix of old and new lures, representing our past and present, and fish will be depicted on the sailboat representing our area’s important natural resources.
About the Artwork
Gone Fishing is a 4 foot tall artistic trail marker with a sailboat on top. The metal form was created by Steven Reed and Shelly Fugua. The artistry on the marker was done by Debi Kelly.
Installed September 2021
About the Artist
Debi’s roots run deep in South Carolina, where she grew up on a century-old family farm, which served as an inspiration for many of her early sketches and continues to influence her work today. Her subject matter often includes rural landscapes, animals (wild and domestic), classic cars and trucks, rusty equipment and old buildings.
In her artist statement she says: “I enjoy incorporating liberal touches of color and texture, unusual angles, and detailed drawing in order to capture movement and “life” in my subjects. While I work primarily in pastel, I also utilize acrylics and oils, as well as unusual surfaces such as wood or metal, to complement the subject. It is the unseen structure/bones, as well as the planes/angles, in a piece that build my canvas. The goal is to draw the audience into the piece from many different viewpoints.”
She is a Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society in Atlanta, an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America in New York, and a member of the Pastel Society of South Carolina. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Artists (National and SC) and a member of the Crooked Creek Art League. She has been accepted into and received awards in international, regional and local juried shows. Juried shows include ArtFields, the Southeastern Pastel Society International and Members Exhibitions, the Pastel Society of NC, the National Association of Women Artists (SC), Union County Arts Council, Anderson County Arts Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, as well as others.