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About Melissa Strawser

Contemporary​ ​artist,​ ​Melissa​ ​Strawser,​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​Reading,​ ​Pennsylvania.​ ​​ ​Melissa’s​ ​art​ ​work is​ ​that​ ​of​ ​5th​ ​generation​ ​Artist​ ​influenced​ ​by​ ​a​ ​family​ ​of​ ​Pennsylvania​ ​Folk​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​inspired​ ​by ‘everyday​ ​as​ ​art,’​ ​open​ ​for​ ​interpretation​ ​which​ ​streams​ ​from​ ​memories,​ ​desires​ ​and​ ​dreams.  She is a proud mother to one daughter.

The​ ​collaboration​ ​of​ ​printmaking​ ​and​ ​sculpture,​ ​is​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​her​ ​20​ ​year​ ​working-relationship with​ ​Val​ ​Bertoia.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Bertoia​ ​Jr.​ ​Dandelion​ ​Gong​ ​Print​ ​is​ ​a​ ​pulled​ ​Artist​ ​Proof,​ ​an​ ​original Intaglio​ ​Print​ ​using​ ​Aquatint​ ​onto​ ​Bronze​ ​and​ ​printed​ ​on​ ​Hahnemuhle​ ​Paper​ ​using​ ​colored​ ​inks. The​ ​Bronze​ ​plate​ ​is​ ​a​ ​singing​ ​Bertoia​ ​Gong​ ​by​ ​Val​ ​Bertoia.​ ​​ ​​ ​When​ ​Val​ ​asked​ ​her​ ​to​ ​etch​ ​a drawing​ ​onto​ ​his​ ​formed​ ​Bronze​ ​Gong​ ​she​ ​automatically​ ​drew​ ​from​ ​the​ ​center​ ​outward,​ ​a philosophy​ ​often​ ​used​ ​while​ ​working​ ​with​ ​metals,​ ​and​ ​apropo​ ​for​ ​Bertoia,​ ​her​ ​version​ ​of​ ​a Dandelion​ ​Puff​ ​seeded​ ​and​ ​emerged.​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​etched​ ​bronze​ ​is​ ​sensitized​ ​for​ ​her​ ​creative​ ​versions of​ ​Bertoia​ ​symbols.​ ​​ ​4​ ​Artist​ ​Proof​ ​prints​ ​are​ ​pulled​ ​from​ ​each​ ​Gong​ ​and​ ​all​ ​inked​ ​differently. The​ ​sounding​ ​Gong​ ​by​ ​Val​ ​Bertoia​ ​and​ ​the​ ​etching​ ​and​ ​1st​ ​pulled​ ​Artist​ ​Proof​ ​print​ ​by​ ​Melissa Strawser​ ​is​ ​made​ ​available​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Diptych.

Melissa​ ​Strawser​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​1st​ ​Degree,​ ​MA​ ​Printmaking​ ​from​ ​The​ ​Slade​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Art,​ ​University College​ ​London​ ​and​ ​Magna​ ​Cum​ ​Laude​ ​BFA​ ​from​ ​William​ ​Paterson​ ​University​ ​where​ ​she mentored​ ​with​ ​Dr.​ ​David​ ​Shapiro​ ​(NYC).​ ​​ ​​ ​She​ ​has​ ​been​ ​awarded​ ​a​ ​print​ ​residency​ ​in​ ​Evora, Portugal​ ​in​ ​2010​.  Melissa mentored​ ​with​ ​the late Slade​ ​Professor,​ ​Artist​ ​Friend and​ ​Printmaker,​ ​Bartolomeu Cid dos ​Santos​ ​and worked alongside him during his retirement for 7 years in​ ​his​ ​Tavira​ ​Print​ ​Workshop​ ​in​ ​Portugal​.​ ​​ ​She​ ​studied​ ​with​ ​Stanley Jones​ ​of​ ​Curwen​ ​Press,​ ​and​ ​worked​ ​with​ ​Robert​ ​Blackburn​ ​(NYC)​ ​and​ ​Dan​ ​Welden​ ​(Sag Harbor,​ ​NY),​ ​and​ ​Bill​ ​Ritchie​ ​(Seattle,​ ​WA).​ ​​ ​​ ​Melissa’s​ ​artwork​ ​has​ ​been​ ​exhibited​ ​in​ ​the​ ​US, Germany​ ​and​ ​Portugal.​ ​​ ​She​ ​is​ ​represented​ ​by​ ​Hartmut​ ​Berlinicke​ ​at​ ​Galeria​ ​Wildeshausen​ ​near Bremen​ ​and​ ​has​ ​print​ ​works​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Strang​ ​Print​ ​Room​ ​Collection​ ​in​ ​London​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Chemistry Department​ ​at​ ​UCL.​ ​​ ​Her​ ​print​ ​work​ ​most​ ​recently​ ​was​ ​included​ ​in​ ​Hartmut​ ​Berlinicke’s Collection​ ​for​ ​an​ ​established​ ​graphic​ ​museum​ ​in​ ​Germany.​ ​​​​ ​She has​ ​completed​ ​several​ ​large​ ​scale​ ​sculpture​ ​commissions​ ​for​ ​Creative​ ​Health​ ​Inc.​ ​and​ ​Schlouch Inc.​ ​​ ​She​ ​currently​ ​is​ ​located​ ​in​ ​Berks​ ​County,​ ​Pennsylvania,​ ​working​ ​as​ ​an​ ​independent contractor​ ​with​
Bertoia​ ​Studio.