Melissa Baron

Mediums: Mixed Media, Oil and Watercolour

Melissa is an artist and art teacher from Edmonton. She recalls watercolour painting alongside her mother from an early age, and her interest in art was piqued at a creative summer camp for teens. This led her to study art first at the University of Alberta, then at Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, Australia. She combines her love of art with her other passion, teaching art at every opportunity.

Baron has a dedicated studio practice that balances technical study and creative investigation. Her work employs skies as a motif to investigate representations of experience and memory. She exhibits her artwork across the region at venues such as the Edmonton International Airport. Her artwork is part of the University of Alberta Teaching Collection as well as Strathcona County’s Permanent Collection.

For more information or to contact this artist for a commission, please contact [email protected].

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Publications

An interview with The Paint Spot’s Kim Fjordbotten about the influences which inform Melissa’s art.

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A conversation with curator Alexis Marie Chute about the creative process.

Gallery

Exhibitions & Recognition

Solo Exhibitions

  • Studying the Sky, Naess Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2020
  • A Study of Skies, Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 2020
  • A Study of Skies, Spruce Grove Art Gallery, Spruce Grove, Alberta, 2020
  • Passing Storms, Collins Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2019
  • Passing Storms, Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton, Alberta, 2019
  • Moments and Mountains, Naess Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2018
  • Seek to Touch, Naess Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2017

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Art From The Unknown, curated by Rachel Notley, virtual exhibit, 2021
  • Art-Making in the Time of Coronavirus, [email protected], Sherwood Park, Alberta, 2020
  • Social Distancing Festival, The Social Distancing Project Team, virtual exhibit, 2020
  • Complicated // Suspension, Skirts Afire Festival, The Nina Haggerty Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2020
  • Headspace, Renaissance Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta, 2019
  • Art for Conservation, Lotus Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2019
  • Emerging Artist Exhibit 2019, Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, 2019
  • Ribbon Rouge, Lotus Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2017
  • Best YEG Art, Walterdale Theatre, juried by the Alberta Society of Artists, Edmonton, Alberta, 2017
  • Centre of Your Mind, Lotus Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2016
  • Sculpture From the Human Body, Front Gallery, curated by University of Alberta Sculpture Department, Edmonton, Alberta, 2009
  • A Print Affair, Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers, Edmonton, Alberta, 2009

Awards & Recognition

  • Member of the Month, [email protected], Sherwood Park, Alberta, 2020, 2019
  • Feature Artist, Loft Gallery, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 2019
  • Edmonton Arts Council Travel Grant, 2018
  • Archbishop Jordan Future Educator Award, 2010
  • Debbie Maron Art Award, 2005

Collections

  • Strathcona County Permanent Collection, Sherwood Park, Alberta
  • University of Alberta: Printmaking Department Teaching Collection, Edmonton, Alberta