Dear Creative Friends…I encourage you to share your work. A couple of weeks ago my show “Life Palette” opened and this experience once again reminded me of the joy and magic in sharing the work. To watch people interact with your work, to see your work in new contexts and hung together in new juxtapositions, to answer questions and discuss motivations, to share in community around creativity…it is all good…good for your community, good for you as an artist, good for your growing body of work. It isn’t always easy. Showing your work requires time, dedication, commitment, so much activity behind the scenes, but it is worth it.
Thanks so much to the FACE (Fine Arts & Culture Events) of Mahaska County group! They hosted a beautiful reception for the opening of “Life Palette” at the Foyer Gallery of the Wilcox Library on the William Penn University campus in Oskaloosa, IA. It was a great evening full of art, artists, friends and family. Even a water main break right in front of the gallery, couldn’t stop the fun. By the time the show was to open, everything was fixed and the “road closed” signs had disappeared. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the show, it will be open during regular library hours through the end of March.
I’d like to invite you to Life Palette: art exhibit in the Foyer Gallery in the Wilcox Library on the William Penn University Campus in Oskaloosa, IA. The exhibit has been coordinated by the Fine Arts and Cultural Events Organization of Mahaska County (FACE). The public is invited to join me at the opening reception hosted by FACE on Friday, Feb. 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The mission of FACE is to foster the arts as a catalyst to strengthen the community. The show will be ongoing through the end of February.
I’ve entitled the show “Life Palette” because I believe life is an experiment in color…a huge vibrant palette-a place where the colors mingle and mix and run and do the unexpected. I believe that when there are no easy answers and no clear path…when we are in the thick of living the mystery…when there is pain, hurt, confusion, doubt, or joy…that is the time to create…with passion.
The Wilcox Library is located at 201 Trueblood in Oskaloosa, IA and the show will be available for viewing during regular library hours.
Melynda’s new work is focused on inner landscapes, unseen realities and spiritual explorations. Melynda shares, “I’m endlessly fascinated with journeys-the journey each of us takes as we discover the path we were created to walk in life. I enjoy painting as I journey. The paintings are a brief glimpse in vivid color of my own experiences, emotions and prayers. My biggest challenge 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.”
This was the description for my solo summer show “Inside Out,” featuring my newest abstract and conceptual acrylic paintings. The show was held July 28 through August 25, 2009 at the new Studio 201 above the Galerie of Pella. The opening was such a great night- so wonderful to have so many people come out to see the show. I love to hear the feedback and watch as everyone absorbs the show.