About

MelyndaWorking with layers of transparent acrylic paint on canvas, I seek to capture brief glimpses of the emotional and spiritual landscapes of my soul. I am inspired by the challenge of intuitively transferring the invisible into shape and form and color.  My artwork arises out of quiet reflection and internal observations. I’m dedicated to nurturing creative hearts with inspiration, vibrant color and beautiful art.

Melynda Van Zee creates acrylic paintings with vibrant layers of translucent paint enhanced by swirling dimensional line work.  She shares her fine art work at art exhibits and shows throughout the Midwest. Her works are in the collections of numerous private and corporate collectors. She is the author of an art technique book, Painted Scrapbook Pages, published by Lark Books. Melynda earned her BA in Elementary Education and Art from Dordt College. Her studio is located in the heart of the prairies of central Iowa.

 

 

 

Art Exhibitions

  • Members Show, Ankeny Art Center, Ankeny, IA (December-January, 2017)
  • Cafe Diem, Ames, IA (February-March, 2017)
  • Artist at the Edge, Edgewater Retirement Community, West Des Moines, IA, (January-February, 2017)
  • Collision, Paintpushers Group Art Exhibition, Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines, IA (December, 2016)
  • 50 x 50 Exhibit, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA (November-December, 2016)
  • Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibit, Des Moines, IA (August 2016, 2015, 2011)
  • Lutheran Church of Hope, Ankeny, IA (January 2016-March 2016) Solo Show
  • 108th Annual Art Exhibition, Des Moines Women’s Club, Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines, IA (February 2016)
  • Urbandale Public Library, Women Artists Show, Urbandale, IA (January 2016-February 2016)
  • Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, IA (January 4- 29, 2016) Solo Show
  • Local Color, Paintpushers Group Art Exhibition, Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines, IA (December, 2015) 
  • Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, IA (October 2015-November 2015) Solo Show
  • Bring Your Gift, George Daily Auditorium, Oskaloosa, IA (October 2014-December 2014) Solo Show
  • In Black & White, Paintpushers Group Art Exhibition, Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA (November 2014)
  • ConTEXT, Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery, Pella Community Center, Pella, IA (June 2014-August 2014) Solo Show
  • Iowa Artists, Regional Show, Albia, IA (March 2014)
  • Life Palette, Wilcox Library Foyer Gallery, William Penn University, Oskaloosa, IA (February 2014) Solo Show
  • Summation, Paintpushers Group Art Exhibition, Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA (November 2013)
  • Iowa Artists, Regional Show, Ottumwa, IA (April 2013) Peoples Choice Award
  • Iowa Artists, Regional Show, Oskaloosa, IA (April 2012)
  • Converged Paths. The Journey of Two Women. Andrea Van Wyk and Melynda Van Zee, Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery, Pella, IA (March 2011)
  • Vault, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (April 2011)
  • Friends of PCHS Alumni Art Exhibit, Pella, IA (April 2011)
  • Iowa Artists, Regional Show, Knoxville, IA (April 2011) Peoples Choice Award
  • Red Rock Arts Alliance Studio Tour, Marion County, IA (Oct. 2011, 2010, 2007)
  • Inside Out, Galerie of Pella, Solo Show, Pella, IA (July 2009)
  • Emerging, Galerie of Pella, Solo Show, Pella, IA (July 2008)
  • Designer Showcase, Craft & Hobby Association, Chicago, IL (July 2005)
  • Inspiration & Design Faire, Craft & Hobby Association, Atlanta, GA (Feb. 2005)
  • Artistic Designer Marketplace, Craft & Hobby Association, Atlanta, GA (Feb. 2005)
  • Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, Des Moines, IA (Aug. 2006, Aug. 2000)
  • Alumni Art Show, Dordt College Art Gallery, Sioux Center, IA (Feb. 2000)
Melynda Van Zee Acrylic Paintings Solo Show Warren Cultural Center Greenfield, IA

Melynda Van Zee Acrylic Paintings
Solo Show
Warren Cultural Center Greenfield, IA

Galleries & Showrooms

Art & Frame on Main – previously The Perfect Setting, 13 W. Main Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158 

Ed & Eva’s, Warren Cultural Center 154 Public Square, Greenfield, IA 50849

Boat’s Home Furnishings620 Franklin Street, Pella, IA 50219

Dashing Boutique, 218 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010

Octagon Gallery Shop, Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010

"Spheres of Complexity" Series by Melynda Van Zee at Boat's Home Furnishings

“Spheres of Complexity” Series by Melynda Van Zee at Boat’s Home Furnishings

 

Melynda Van Zee
Solo Show
Warren Cultural Center Greenfield, IA

 

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope West Des Moines, IA

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope
West Des Moines, IA

 

"Summation" Paint Pushers show, Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA

“Summation” Paint Pushers Group Show, Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA

 

Installation Paths-Seasons

“Paths: Seasons” painting by Melynda Van Zee at Boat’s Home Furnishings

 

"The Colors of Community" Commission for Mahaska Health Center, Oskaloosa, IA

“The Colors of Community”
Commission for
Mahaska Health Center, Oskaloosa, IA

Commissions

Melynda is available for commission work. Please use the “Contact Us” page of the website to send us an email and we can talk about your vision for an artwork. Commission pieces have been created for private homes, businesses, hospitals and non-profit settings.