About

MelyndaMy work is inspired by the challenge of intuitively transferring the invisible into colorful abstract shapes and forms. Working with a process of layering transparent acrylic paint on canvas, I seek to capture brief glimpses of the emotional and spiritual landscapes of my soul. My artwork arises out of quiet reflection and awareness of my life experiences. My goal is to awaken the viewer’s creative spirit through color, texture, and movement.

Melynda Van Zee creates acrylic paintings with vibrant layers of translucent paint enhanced by swirling dimensional line work.  She shares her fine artwork 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

  • FREE: Pathways Toward Freedom, Ankeny Art Center, Ankeny, IA (October 3-November 29, 2017) Solo Show
  • Collision, Paintpushers Group Art Exhibition, Gateway Lofts Studio 205, Des Moines, IA (October 22, 2017)
  • Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibit, Des Moines, IA (August 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011)
  • 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)
  • 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

 

Unraveled Fears 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas 2017©Melynda Van Zee

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

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 

 

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

 

From The Heart 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas 2017©Melynda Van Zee

 

Installation Paths-Seasons

“Paths: Seasons” painting by Melynda Van Zee

 

Bringing Spontaneity 36 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas 2017©Melynda Van Zee

 

Pathways to Freedom 48 x 72 Acrylic on Canvas 2017©Melynda Van Zee

 

"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.