Melanie Willey
Bath, ME

Born in Montreal, Melanie grew up in a lively city filled with the vibration of street artists, music, theatre, dance and many diverse galleries. She has a strong skilled background in the performing Arts as a singer, actress, and movement/dance therapist. After her and her husband (Maine native) re-located to Maine over 17 years ago to raise their family, she re-focused her attention to visual art and took many years of weekly evening courses in drawing and color theory with local Maine artist and mentor Kathy Boldt. She then participated in several painting courses with Sarah Greenier at her Gallery/Studio in Bath which provided additional skills and confidence towards an anticipated transition from pencil, to acrylics to painting with oils. She continues to study through on-line courses and as of Sept. 2016, has committed to paint daily. Her subject matter and motifs vary with a remaining focus in the areas of color, visual paths and mood. She has sold privately, at The Chocolate Church Arts Center Gallery in Bath, two solo shows for the Bath ArtWalk 2017 and 2018 with a recent three month exhibit at Betsy's Art Salon in Bath where she exhibited over 30 paintings, several of which sold. She is currently working on a series under the title of "Hue-Maine" which are groupings focused on community members - the first segment called "Hue-Maine: Diva Awakenings"; was an alla prima portrait series completed in approx. 2 months featuring 37+ portraits of local community women on exhibit from June 20th through Until Aug. 10th this past summer at The Patten Free Library in Bath. Portions of the profits went towards the development of the teen center at the library. She is also working on a series of paintings from a summer painting trip to Lubec. Two of which have been featured on the Visit Lubec FB page. Melanie and her family are very involved with community theatre. Along with being on stage, she has created many production posters, costumed several shows, created props, painted sets, as well as stage managed alongside her husband, who is a local community director. Both of their children attend a high school for the performing arts. Her and her husband are founding members of Shakespeare on the Kennebec since 2013 with the aim to offer at least one Shakespeare play per year.