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Art Show at Warren Cultural Center

  • Melynda Van Zee Acrylic Paintings Solo Show Warren Cultural Center Greenfield, IA
  • Melynda Van Zee Acrylic Paintings Solo Show Warren Cultural Center Greenfield, IA
  • Warren Cultural Center
  • Warren Cultural Center
  • Melynda Van Zee Acrylic Paintings Solo Show Warren Cultural Center Greenfield, IA
  • Warren Cultural Center
  • Great helpers at Warren Cultural Center
  • Ed & Eva's at Warren Cultural Center

The Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield is hosting an exhibit of my work from now until January 28th. The exhibit features some of my newest pieces with the theme of swirls and spirals.

Thanks to Mandy Billings from the radio station KSOM who interviewed me before the show opening. She shared the following in her article about the show…

“I really decided to develop a body of work with that theme and the reason is because the spiral is the symbol of growth and transformation and so I wanted to explore that even more because I think we have a lot of change going on in our world and the spiral then becomes a visual metaphor for all of that change going on,” explained Van Zee.

“I believe it’s really important for artists to be really reflective on their lives and be authentic in their work and so that’s kind of where the artwork arises from; just sort of what’s going on with me internally,” said Van Zee. “Sometimes it’s kind of hard for people to grasp maybe what that means and so I like to call my work emotional and spiritual landscapes because I think that that is helpful for people as they view the work.” To read the rest of the article, visit KSOM’s website.

Ed & Eva’s is a retail gallery that features the work of local Iowa artists and is a part of the Warren Cultural Center complex. You will be able to find some of my With Passion art pendants and small paintings at Ed & Eva’s year around.

Thank you to everyone at the Warren Cultural Center for warmly welcoming me and my work. It was a pleasure to meet you all.

 

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit- West Des Moines, IA

My paintings are a brief glimpse in vivid color of the emotional and spiritual landscapes of my soul. For the months of October and November 2015, you can explore some of my work in the art gallery at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA.

In this collection of acrylic paintings on canvas, I use text, color, line and image to give voice to pieces of my life- experiences, emotions and prayers. Painting is a time of quiet reflection and process for me- a space to have conversation with God in color.

One of my biggest challenges has been to allow myself to paint the good…and the difficult, the beautiful…and the painful- to allow the breadth of my life to find its way onto the canvas and to intuitively transfer the invisible into shape and form and color.

Works will be on display from October to mid-November.  The Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines is at 925 Jordan Creek Pkwy and is open seven days a week.

 

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope

"The Calling" at Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

“The Calling” at Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

"Fragments" at Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

“Fragments” at Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope

"Observing the Recovery" at Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

“Observing the Recovery” at Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

 

 

 

 

 

ConTEXT Show Opening

Thank you to everyone who came out to the ConTEXT show opening and artist reception last week. We so enjoyed meeting everyone, talking about art and sharing the work with the community. If you haven’t had an opportunity to view the show yet, it will be open from now until August 9. Gallery hours are M-F from 7:30am-4:15pm at the Pella Community Center, 2nd Floor, 712 Union St. Pella, IA.

ConTEXT Art Reception Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery

ConTEXT Art Reception
Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery

 

Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery

Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery

 

Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery

Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery

 

Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery

Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery

 

 

 

Dear Creative Heart…Creative Courage

Dear Creative Heart,

I’ve been thinking about you so much lately. Thinking about what I could bring to life on canvas that would bring you color, life, hope.

Portal of Transformation #1 2014 © Melynda Van Zee 20 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas

Portal of Transformation #1
2014 © Melynda Van Zee
20 x 20
Acrylic on Canvas

There are many swirls and spirals in my new work…the spiral is the most frequently found shape in nature. For centuries it has symbolized many things…inner growth, integration, transformation. I’ve been painting with intense color palettes…vivid…and bold colors. I’m not going to apologize for its brightness or for its boldness…it has been growing inside of me for a long time.

I believe...in creative courage. 2014 © Melynda Van Zee 8 x 8 Acrylic on Canvas

I believe…in creative courage.
2014 © Melynda Van Zee
8 x 8
Acrylic on Canvas

And, there are new paintings with words…text…statements about what I believe. It requires creative courage for me to say it…for me to say it on canvas…in bold colors…in abstract shapes…for me to share it with you.

May the work of my hands be a blessing to your heart.

May you find creative courage to make whatever it is that you long to bring forth in the world.

With Passion,

Melynda

 

2014 Upcoming Art Fair Schedule

This week marks the beginning of the spring & summer art show season. I’m excited to be sharing my work at the Molengracht Market during Pella’s Tulip Time. The show will be open this week Wed (12 pm-8 pm), Thurs-Sat. (9 am-8 pm). The Molengracht is a lovely plaza near Pella’s downtown business area with a replica Dutch canal and drawbridge.

  • Molengracht Market, Tulip Time, Pella, IA (April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 2014)
  • Art on the Square, Oskaloosa, IA (June 14, 2014)
  • Linn Creek Festival, Marshalltown, IA (July 19, 2014)
  • More shows will be announced as schedule is confirmed.