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Michele has spent a lifetime engaged in and devoted to the visual arts having begun drawing at a very young age. She took an oil painting class in her early twenties, but quickly began experimenting with a variety of craft mediums when her first son was born. She spent many years involved in textile crafts, then learned calligraphy, prompting a career in graphic design. She started doing simple commissions out of her home, but the business grew to a size that prompted the opening of “The Studio” in 1984, where she met the needs of clients in a breadth of design work as well as framing, sign painting and portrait commissions. Her primary medium at that time was colored pencil. Her proficiency earned her important commissions as well as inclusion in The Colored Pencil Society of America’s group shows as well as three additions of The Best of Colored Pencil” by Rockport Publishers.

She received a BS in Art Education from Granite State College in 2002 and began a teaching career that same year. She is currently employed as a full time art educator at Colebrook Elementary and Colebrook Academy in Colebrook, NH. At the same time she spends much of her time creating acrylic landscapes inspired by her north country home as well as her travels to the west coast and Europe, developing a distinctive style over the past decade. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the country.

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Gallery & Solo Exhibits

  • Berlin Voc. Tech. College, Berlin, NH - January 1986, solo
  • Studio Works Gallery, Berlin, NH - April 1986, two-person
  • Mt. Top Gallery, Windham, NY - March, 1998, group
  • Gallery North, Littleton, NH - Oct 1 - Nov. 10, 1988, solo
  • Gallery North, Littleton, NH - Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, 1988, group
  • Audubon Society, Concord, NH - Feb. 10 - March 10, 1989, group
  • Littleton Library, Littleton, NH - July 1989, solo
  • Shapiro Gallery - NH College - Manchester, NH - June 1990, solo
  • Jacob Javitts Federal Building, N.Y., NY - August 1991, solo
  • 7th NH Arts Biennial - Manchester Inst. of Arts & Sciences - April 16 - May 3, 1991 - group
  • Balsams Hotel, Dixville Notch, NH - Artists-in-Residence - July 8 14, 1991
  • Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH - 15th Annual Juried Exhibit - Sept. 13 - Oct. 11, 1992 - group
  • The Folkway, Peterborough, NH - April 2 - May 14, 1993 - two-person
  • The Shaw Gallery, Keene, NH - March 27 - April 21, 1993- group
  • 1993 International Colored Pencil Exhibition, Birmingham, Michigan
  • Crazy Squirrel Studio, Franconia, NH - Dec. 1 - Jan. 1, 1993 - two-person
  • Colebrook Public Library, Colebrook, NH - August 24 & 25, 1996 - solo
  • Main Street Art Gallery Exhibit, Lancaster, NH - August 1999 - group
  • The Old Mill Studio, Whitefield, NH - July 2002, solo
  • The Old Mill Studio, Whitefield, NH - August 2002, group
  • NH Institute of Art Biennial 2003, Manchester, NH - Nov. 13 - Dec. 7, 2003 - group
  • The Great Northwoods Gallery, Stewartstown, NH - July 9 - 21, 2004 - Solo
  • NH Institute of Art Biennial 2005, Manchester, NH Nov 12 - Dec. 16, 2005 - Group
  • Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT - Nov. 16 - December 12, 2006 - solo retrospective
  • Waterville Valley Art Walk, Waterville Valley, NH , July 2006 group
  • Caladan Gallery, The Eye of Nature, Online group show Aug-Sept 2007
  • Caladan Gallery, Pure Color, Online group show Nov-Dec. 2007 group
  • NH Institute of Art Biennial 2007, Manchester, NH Nov. 15-Dec14 group
  • Minumental Exhibition, February 2009, NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
  • Night Music Exhibition, March 2009, Old Mill Studio/AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
    WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH, “Forest Lover” May 1 – 31, 2009, Solo
  • “Never Think Small” group show, Climate/Gallery, Long Island City, NY, October 3 – 25, 2009
  • “PAINT” group show, Climate/Gallery, Long Island City, NY, November 7 – 22, 2009
  • Small Works Show, WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH – November 3 – 30, 2009
  • NH Institute of Art Biennial 2009, Manchester, NH, Nov. 9 – Dec. 4, 2009
  • “Putting It All Together” group show, Climate/Gallery, Long Island City, NY, Feb. 6 – 21, 2010
  • “The Artful Scriptorium” group show, Climate/Gallery, Long Island City, NY, April 3 – 25, 2010
  • “Elemental Spring”, Caladan Gallery, Online group show, April 1 – 30, 2010
  • “Change of Scenery”, Margaret and H.A. Rey Gallery, Waterville Valley, NH May 28 – July 17, 2010, 2010, two-man show
  • Coos County Symposium, Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, May 22-24, 2010, 3-man show.
  • “A Personal Landscape”, group show, Soo Rye Gallery, Rye, NH, Sept. 25 – November 5 , 2010
  • “Precious”, group show, Soo Rye Gallery, Rye, NH, Nov. 13 – January 21 2011
  • “Secret Places” , solo show, WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH, October 5 -29, 2012
  • “Salon Show”, group show, Soo Rye Gallery, Rye, NH, December 2012
  • “Secret Places II”, solo show, Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT, October 4 – November 5, 2013
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Awards

  • Finalist - Audubon Society Wildflower Poster Competition
  • Arts Jubilee 18th Annual Art Show - Honorable Mention
  • Littleton 21st Annual Art Show - Honorable Mention
  • Littleton 22nd Annual Art Show - 2nd Place
  • Winner of 1st Night NH Logo Competition - Concord, NH 1993
  • Littleton 25th Annual Art Show 3rd Place
  • Mt. Washington Valley Arts Assoc. Art Show - July 27, 1996 - Judges’ Award
  • People’s Choice Award, Hanover Chamber Orchestra Exhibition, March 13th, 2009
  • People’s Choice Exhibition, Pittsburg, NH – Best of Show Judges’ Award

Corporate Collections

  • The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel – Dixville Notch, NH
  • Portrait of the late Sheriff Morton - Coos County Court House
  • Portrait of the late Judge Vickie Bunnell - Coos County Court House
  • Portrait of the late Judge Vickie Bunnell - Colebrook District Court House
  • Rochester Museum of Fine Art, Rochester, NH

Publications

  • Best of Colored Pencil II & III - Rockport Publishers
  • Creative Colored Pencil - Vera Curnow
  • Cover of the March 1998 NH Bar Journal
  • The Best in American Watermedia, Kennedy Publishers

Gallery Representation

Fiddleheads, Colebrook, NH
Fiddleheads, Littleton, NH
WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH
WREN Gallery, Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH






Quotes

" ... way of making the energy of the woods, fields, trees and nature come alive and vibrate a persons soul. "
- Artist, Educator, Deb S.


"... stopping to look at your paintings bring a bit of peace to these crazy lives of ours. "
- Florist, Farmer, Nancy L.


"... someone who has remained a constant source of inspiration throughout my artistic career ..."
- Artist, Nick K.


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