Up, Down! opens Thursday, November 7th and features the paintings of Milwaukee artist Melissa Dorn Richards. Her work, influenced by her training in sculpture, is enjoyed in many private and corporate collections across Wisconsin. Melissa will be joining us in the gallery the following Friday, November 15th, 5-8 PM for an opening reception where you will have an opportunity to learn more about Melissa’s vision and process.
The exhibition includes paintings from Melissa’s Roller Coaster series. “I’m usually inspired by something I see,” explains Richards Dorn. “The series started on a drive back from Chicago, where I could see Six Flags out the window. I was struck by it because I was in the midst of another series and thinking a lot about man-made landscapes.”
Melissa’s artistic influences include Mark Rothko, Milton Avery and Ann Truit. Her work is similarly abstract with somewhat minimal collage, yet her process is very controlled. “I do pastel drawings first, and then move on to the painting,” she adds. “Rarely does the painting stray much from the drawing.”
She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1996 at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). She is a resident artist with Plaid Tuba Studio in Milwaukee. Her work has shown throughout Wisconsin and the US, including most recently Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, WI.
“We’re excited to present Melissa’s colorful and breathtaking work our community,” remarks Kathy Tatterson, Gallery Director. “Her exhibition is one more example of world class art right in our backyard.” The show will run through Saturday, January 4. River Edge Gallery is open Thursday-Friday 12-5, Saturday 12-4.