Over the past twenty-five years Shelley has been an active member of her community serving as President of the Wallowa Valley Arts Council, Vice President of the Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, Chairman of the Wallowa Valley Arts Festival, a ten-year member of The City of Joseph City Council, serving on numerous committees, and Mayor of The City of Joseph. As Mayor, she spearheaded the county’s first Economic Improvement District and spearheaded a successfully executed 3.8 million dollar Main Street Beautification Project for The City of Joseph to help diversify the local economy and facilitate a growing arts community. She was also a participant in Rotary International’s first International Women’s Friendship Exchange with Brazil’s Rotary International.
Shelley designed one of the first fine art galleries on Main Street Joseph for Valley Bronze Foundry and was hired as Executive Director of Marketing. She was co-owner, builder, and operator of Joseph Art Castings, a fine art casting foundry in Joseph, Oregon, from 1989 to 1995. As a professional sculptor, she has owned and operated Curtiss Studios & Enterprises for over twenty years. Presently, she is collaborating with Parks Bronze, Norman Arts, the local Rotary International club, and the local high school to conceptualize and establish a fine art welding school to train and certify welders in the region. As current President of the Wallowa Valley Arts Council, she is collaborating with the Joseph City Council and Library, the Joseph Chamber of Commerce, the Chief Joseph Rodeo Committee, and the Joseph School District to explore future planning possibilities, including expansion of arts facilities, within the City of Joseph.