Nickel Plate Arts Presents: “Reflections on Nature and the World Soul” Virtual Exhibitt by Sheldon Shalley

Nickel Plate Arts Presents: “Reflections on Nature and the World Soul” Virtual Exhibitt by Sheldon Shalley

107 S. 8th St., Noblesville, IN 46060

From Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

At Nickel Plate Arts

107 S. 8th St., Noblesville, IN 46060


Koda Witsken / (317) 452-3690,

Sheldon is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and shamanic practitioner. He is in private practice at Integrative Psychotherapy at the Crossing. Prior to becoming a clinical social worker, Sheldon taught high school Spanish. Sheldon left teaching to return to school and get a Masters in Social Work.  For twenty one years, Sheldon worked for the Center for Mental Health in Elwood Indiana before retiring in 2012. 

Sheldon began painting in 2001 in response to a dream in which he saw himself at a dinner where the host offered canvases and brushes in exchange for creating a painting.  Shalley recalls that “it was like the painting process I was using in the dream was instructing me on how I was to paint.” Adhering to his dreams’ suggestions, Shalley typically begins by painting several colors onto a canvas creating an undefined background. He then stares into the background until he sees an image emerging. He develops whatever he sees—a part of an animal, a bird’s beak, a nose, a person’s eyes, etc. He develops the images and allows the painting to emerge.

Sheldon considers his paintings akin to a projective experience much like clinical psychology’s Rorschach Test. He says, “As I interact with the images, painting them, amplifying them, dialoging with them, listening to their personal and archetypal meanings, I reveal unconscious forces at work in my own soul. Over time my paintings evolved to include images met in dreams, meditations, and in shamanic journeys. As you view my paintings, I invite you to let them speak to you from your own soul. When viewed in this manner, art opens portals between the worlds, transcending ordinary time and space and can be avenues for healing.”

Sheldon is married to Betty, and both reside in Noblesville. Besides his busy psychotherapy practice and hours spent painting, Sheldon conducts a Shaman Circle and participates in various workshops and trainings in Shamanic healing and energy medicine. He is active in both Nickel Plate Arts and the Hamilton County Artist Association. You may see more of Sheldon’s art at

Please join Sheldon for his July exhibit at Nickel Plate Arts titled “Reflections on Nature and the World Soul.” The show explores the animating spirit that inhabits all nature, connecting it into one organism of divine intelligence. Shalley explains that “The World Soul” can be understood as an energetic web that connects all of life and the spirit that lives in all things whether that be a stone, a tree, a river, a blade of grass, a butterfly, an animal, an organ in the body or the Earth herself. The pieces in this exhibit are chosen from a group of paintings Sheldon did in the past year in response to dreams and images met in meditation and in shamanic journeys that reflect images of Nature and the World Soul.

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