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JoeRay Kelley
Bella Vista , Arkansas - United States
Oil Painting - Landscapes

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2008 Paint America National Jury Panel Selects Painting by Joe Ray Kelley


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2008 Paint America National Jury Panel Selects Painting by Local Artist

PaintAmerica.Org, Topeka, KS January 16, 2009

Joe Ray Kelley of Kansas City, MO, “We are pleased to be able to tell you that the following painting was chosen by our national jury panel:”

“Empty Cup” – Paint America Second 100

“Please accept our sincere congratulations for achieving this honor. You will be recognized with a listing in the 2008 Paint America Top 100 viewbook, and an online listing at

We hope your Paint America experience has been positive - we are working very hard to make PaintAmerica competitions the premiere national artists’ competition in the country.”

Thank you again, and congratulation!

Best regards,

Rod Seel
Executive Director

“Empty Cup”
20x16” Acrylic & oil on canvas

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55th Annual NSPCA Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, New York

CONTACT: Douglas Wiltraut , NSPCA President


The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY: January 30, 2009

The jury committee members of the 55th Annual NSPCA Exhibition are glad to inform you [Joe Ray Kelley] of Kansas City, MO that your entry has been ACCEPTED for our annual exhibit at the Salmagundi Club, New York City.

We hope you and your friends will be able to attend the Awards Reception on February 27th at 7 P.M.

The Exhibition is open Daily and Weekends 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. February 16th through February 27th 2009,

47 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

The Salmagundi Club, originating in 1871 as a sketch class in Johnathan Scott Hartley's studio and purchased this mid-nineteenth century brownstone house in 1917 as its second home. It was cited
in 1957 for its architectural distinction by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Municipal Art Society. Through the years the Club has been the singular gathering place for such great artists as
Childe Hassam, William Merrit Chase, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Ogden Pleisner and many others. Honorary members have included such luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill,
Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin.

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Local artist coordinating national exhibit

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THURSDAY, 04 DECEMBER 2008 00:00
For the first time in its 18-year history, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s Signature Artist Invitational will be in the Kansas City area.

And it’s all thanks to Joe Ray Kelley, a Parkville artist who also happens to be chairman of the Signature Artist Group, an elite branch of the society that only allows members in after they have had paintings win awards in national shows for three consecutive years. Kelley spent the last year coordinating the event, which runs until Saturday, Feb. 7, at ARTichokes, an art gallery at 10557 Mission Road in Leawood, Kan.
Anna Faltermeier/Sun News — Joe Kelley of Kansas City North poses with his most recent painting, “Outback Girl.” Kelley’s work will be on display at the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society’s “Best of America” exhibit in Leawood.
Twice retired from the Air Force and meteorology, Kelley is an unlikely candidate for the title of signature artist, but after he retired in 2001, he was looking for something to occupy his time and found the canvas. As it turned out, he was pretty good at it.
Kelley said 40 years of drawing weather maps and a childhood love of art primed him for a fast acclimation to oil and acrylic painting.
The draw for him, Kelley said, is getting to create.
"I like taking a blank canvas and making something come to life almost," he said. "You’re just trying to come up with a masterpiece. Painting isn’t something I have to rely on for my total living expenses, but I enjoy it and want to continue as long as I can."
Kelley’s favorite subject matter is architecture and, in particular, that of La Boca, a neighborhood in Buenos Aries, Argentina. He said he loves the bright and vivid colors of the area, and he was commissioned to do nine paintings of the neighborhood for Piropos restaurant in Parkville, which features Argentinean dishes.
Kelley was also featured in an international gallery in Florence, Italy, in 2003.
In addition to coordinating the event, Kelley will also have two paintings on display for the Signature Artist Invitational.
According to Jackie Warren, art director at the ARTichokes gallery, there will be 80 paintings on display for the invitational, and admission to the gallery is free. The invitational will feature artists from 31 states, she said, and 12 of them are from the region, and four are from the Kansas City area, including Kelley.
The paintings on display, Warren said, are all professional quality pieces and they are traditional in style.
"It’s a pretty traditional show," she said. "There are only one or two abstract pieces in the show, so there’s not a lot of abstract. It’s pretty cool; this show has never been here in 18 years, and this is the first time it will be in the Kansas City area."
To learn more about Kelley’s paintings, visit his Web site at, and to learn more about the ARTichokes gallery, visit

Staff writer Michael Westblade can be reached at 389-6636 or .

Empty Cup - acrylic and oil on canvas - 20x16" - $2200

2009-01-23 17:02:33
love the mood of outback beauty
Kimberly Larson
2007-12-15 10:35:04
I love your pictures. They are verry origonal and are interesting to look at. I also love thr color.
Sandy Bennett
2007-11-30 08:27:20
"Goodbye at the Station" is so poignant. One can feel the hug and the sorrow of leaving. Good job.
claudio Duse
2007-11-30 06:05:50
thank you joeray
claudio Duse
2007-11-30 05:31:52
good stuff joeray you must do sculping your work is very 3d beautiful work. I hope the world will find peace
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