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  Discovering the Medici's painter in Durham, NC
  The Magnificent and Macabre in Bohemia
  Machu Picchu, Cusco & the Inca's Sacred Valley
  Discovering History and Hospitality in Crete
  Signs of Our Times in Cincinnati, OH
  Discovering Dr. Seuss and More in Springfield,MA
  Ancient Temples of Cambodia
  Dali's Fascinating Self-built World in Spain
  A Valentine from Vienna: the Glint of Klimt
  A "Fan"-tastic Museum at Greenwich, England
  A Winter Garden in Cambridge, MA
  Literally Monumental, Norfolk, VA
  Art, Literature and History in Salem, MA
  Studio Art Glass in the Pacific Northwest
  National Parks/ NW
  Magnificent Murals/Philadelphia
  Vermont's Balloon Festival (Quechee Gorge)
  Discovering the Past in Pompeii
  Prague: Mucha and So Much More
  The Sounds and Sights of San Antonio
  Literally Monumental: Norfolk, VA
  Embracing Eternity (Rome)
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Book Inspired Art


Kite Sky
You are invited to First Friday Gallery Hop this week, Aug. 3, 2018 (7-10pm) in Winston Salem,NC. I'm pleased to say I have work in two galleries, so I hope to see you at one of the locations.

Here is information about one of the shows:

Red Dog Gallery, 630 N. Liberty St (at the end of the Artivity Park at the corner of 7th St.) is hosting Unbound/Unleashed in conjunction with Booksmarks (coming in Sept.). Each work of art chosen for the show must relate to a book or poem or other literary work. I love this kind of challenge. It really gets my creativity flowing. I wanted to do something different from my usual printmaking or painting. I challenge you to think of what you might do. What book have you read recently that could inspire a work of art? It's such fun to think about. I can't wait to see what other artists have created.

Several works sprung to mind, but I settled on these two: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
Kite Runner: When I read this moving novel about two boys in Afghanistan, I was captivated by the consequences of events in everyday life. In the pivotal scene of the annual Kite Fight, Hosseini describes the sky full of kites.
I lived across the street from a park and remember days
when “my” sky was full of kites, albeit less competitive.
Kites figure into the traditions of many cultures and seem magical to me. I created a 3-D collage using glossy, pattern-printed paper and sewing thread on a water color sky. Framed the work is 20"x28".

Snow Flower*: I have read several novels by Lisa See and love discovering the insights they provide for a particular time and culture. In keeping with the essence of this book, I created a fan using traditional Chinese Brush Paintings materials and style. I have assembled it over on actual Chinese fan I purchased years ago in China. I have long loved fans, since I discovered (and wrote about) the Fan museum in Greenwich, England. Since then I have collected fans from many of the places I have visited, including a hand made lace fan from Venice, as hand painted fan with my name in English and Thai from Chang Rai, Thailand, and beautiful silk Balinese fan that was a gift from my son and daughter-in- law. The art assemblage, done in Chinese watercolor on rice paper is framed 21 x21".

*I'm pleased to add that this work received "Honorable Mention" in the exhibit.

Flower Fan

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Book Inspired Art



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Angel with flute

As an art historian, as well as a printmaker, I love to reinterpret traditional methods of art- making for contemporary aesthetics, using modern materials. I especially love the qualities of mezzotints first created in the Baroque period, by such artists as Rembrandt and Durer.  Like etching, mezzotint is considered an intaglio printing process, since the ink must go “into” the plate rather than sit on the surface (as with woodcuts) before printing. Damp paper, which is forced into the groves or etched spaces of a metal plate, pulls out the ink to create the print. Of course, the finished artwork, as in most print methods, is a reversed, mirror image of the original drawing.


My angel series combines the mezzotint method of printing with Renaissance-style figures. The labor-intensive process that leads to the finished images is part of their appeal. I start with pre-rocked copper plates (available from New Zealand). The rocking (covering the plate in multiple directions with a curved serrated blade that creates pits to hold ink) raises burrs of copper in the process. At this point, if the plate were printed, it would be completely black. I draw directly or transfer my drawn image onto the plate. To created the whitest/lightest areas, I must remove the burr using a sharp, three-sided scraping tool, which brings the area back to its original shiny copper. Ink will not adhere to these surfaces. For tonal areas of shadows, shades or highlights, I press down the burr using a different tool to burnish the plate with varied amounts of pressure. Once the image is created to my satisfaction and proofs are taken, I apply thick black ink over the entire surface using a soft card to force the ink deep into the plate. I use modern, non-toxic, water mixable inks unavailable in the Baroque era. Then, with a traditional tarlatan (soft, mesh-like cloth,) I gently remove all the surface ink, leaving it only in the recessed areas to be printed.  Next, I pass the inked plate and high quality, thick paper (I use German-made Zerkall Copperplate paper), which has been water-soaked and blotted, through my studio printing press under very strong pressure.  The finished print is placed between sheets of tissue and pressed under heavy weights (books) to prevent buckling as the paper dries. The result is a rich, dark, velvet-toned picture, with a unique mezzotint quality.


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Seasonal News From SouthHouse Studio


Seasonal News Summer 2017
Seasonal Greetings from SouthHouse Studio/ Summer

Good morning, art enthusiasts, collectors, patrons, and friends. 
I’d like to personally invite you to a few upcoming summer art events, exhibits and receptions that I think you might enjoy.  I’d also like to share with you information about some of the art techniques and processes, I’ve been experiencing with lately. 
Hope you enjoy. 
Warmest regards, 
Ps. If you prefer not to receive these seasonal letters, please reply with “No Thank You” in the subject. You won’t hurt my feelings. I know your email boxes can get quite full. I do understand. 

THANK YOU, Thank you. 
       Thank you all for your kind words and congratulations I’ve received on my Arts Council’s ArtPoP Award for 2017-18.  I’ve receive notes and calls from old friends and met some new friends, who have driven by and viewed the billboard on Rt. Bus. 40 (heading east) at exit 8.  Thanks to Lynn Felder for her article about the awards in the Winston Salem Journal that featured my painting on the front page, (http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/heads-up-artpop-is-back-with-new-artists-work-on/article_a29e89a7-d153-5bbf-970e-6d5eb060c76e.html) and thanks to Editor Michael Breedlove who quoted me in his article in Winston Salem Monthly,. 
and thank you to Wendy Hicks, who conceived the ArtPop idea and the Forsyth County Arts Council

Note: Because of the high interest, I’ve been working on an exhibit of new Chinese Brush Paintings.  I hope I can invite you to that show in the near future.

You are invited to art opening receptions on July 1 and July 7:
I have work in several other shows, also. If you are traveling this summer, please stop in at one of the receptions and/or exhibits. (I will be at Camino on 4th St. on July 7 for my one-woman show. There will be Camino cupcakes! Please come.) 

I am please to be included the national juried exhibit at the Attleboro Arts Museum (Attleboro, Massachusetts). My print, Boats by the Bay was selected from more than 1000 submissions. The theme of the show was “Line.” I love to seehow different artists interpret a theme. My entry featured a white-line print. White-line prints became popular c. 1920s thanks to a group of women in Provincetown, MA. Influence by Japanese woodblock prints, they wanted a way to print multiple
colors on one image. I love modifying traditional techniques fornew audiences. This show offers lots of variety and creativity. Here is the video: You will see my print on the wall around counter # 35. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QahBHzw8oZY (My work is seen on the wall around counter# 35, but all of the work is worth looking at.) and here is the newspaper coverage:
If you are in New England this summer, please stop in.
Exhibition Dates: June 15th – July 15th, 2017

Art of the Bicycle at the Houston Bicycle Museum 1313 Binz, Houston, Texas
Reception July 1, 6-9 pm with “lite bites” and music.
Art: Freewheelin’ Fourteen, 20x24” (left) and
Freewheelin’ Thirteen, 24x20”
Images in my Freewheelin’ series are print-based collages. Each image is built from a photo of a 4”x4” printed lino-cut segment of bicycle wheel.
(See more about Freewheelin’ below.)

Under Pressure: The Print Exhibition,
June 30- July 27, 2017, Reception July 7, 6-10 pm
Visual Art Exchange Gallery in Raleigh, NC
(Juror was Bill Fick, printmaker and Assistant Professor at Duke University)
Art: Safe Harbor, white line print, matted and framed, 21”x21”
White line prints are made by cutting a white-line, much like a drawing, and then adding each color by hand to the same print. Thanks to my husband, Bruce,
for inventing and construction a wonderful registration system for me to use with my multicolor prints.

Colorful Impressions
white-line and reduction prints by Barbara Rizza Mellin
Camino Bakery Gallery 310 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
July 2017, Reception, July 7, 6-7pm

Reduction prints are created by cutting away each color that you wish to preserve before printing a new color. (The plate is destroyed in the process.)

There is still time to see the Art for Art’s Sake exhibit
at the new Red Dog Gallery on Liberty Street,Winston-‐Salem.
The show continues in this wonderful new art space until June 3. I have
two prints in the show: Red Camellias, white line linocut, and Pysanky Eggs
reduction print,

Other News: 

I am honored to once again have my artwork chosen for the cover of Flying South Literary Magazine. Sponsored by Winston Salem Writers, the literary magazine features winning essays, fiction and poetry from writers around the country.  The artwork on this year’s cover will be a white-line woodcut: Blue Ridge Mountains.  I continue to be awed by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains as viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The magazine will be available at Bookmarks in September. More information and image in the Autumn letter. 

I am also honored to be the Featured Artist for the Month of July at the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Artists.



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The Art and Writing of Barbara Rizza Mellin