August 13, 2018
That's a wrap! I just completed perhaps my favorite art project I've ever worked on and I must admit that I'm a bit emotional that it's all over.
I was selected, along with my sis Melinda Arendt, to create stage art for Capital Dance Project’s annual performance of Behind the Barre. We were paired with the CDP’s wonderfully talented choreographer, Rex Wheeler. For the theme of the piece we decided we wanted to portray the various stages of love, and more specifically, heartbreak. For the visuals we created two large ancient Greek statues which were composed of plywood, paint and Sharpie pens. Added to one of the statues was bendable faux neon, bent in the shape of a heart. We also created 2 wooden triangles that were hand-painted and placed behind the statues.
The pieces served as backdrops to Rex's brilliant ballet performance at the beautiful Crest Theater on August 10 & 11. It was a magical experience that I will truly never forget. Below are some process pics and a pic from the performance. Long live CDP!
July 8, 2018
I've got a huge project coming up that I'm insanely excited...and a little anxious about. I'll be doing a 25' x 7' mural for Philz Coffee!!! This will be my largest art piece to-date. It will be located at their Walnut Creek location. Photos coming soon!
July 3, 2018
I have been given the wonderful opportunity of creating an original piece of art for use in the lobby of the brand new 980 Central building in West Sacramento, a Fulcrum project. I'll be creating a large 4' x 6' piece and am so thrilled! Pics coming soon.
June 4 2018
I have been selected, along with my sister Melinda, to create stage artwork for Capital Dance Project's annual performance, Behind the Barre. We will be collaborating with the brilliant choreographer, Rex Wheeler, on the project. More details to come!
April 1, 2018
As part of their brand new "Rail Arts District," RAD Napa has selected a group of artists to create "wraps" for their train utility boxes that run the span of the Wine Train. Looks like I was selected! Attached is my mockup of the piece i'll have wrapped onto my utility box.
November 27, 2017
It's that time of year again for the annual 100 Under 100 art show. This show is always a ton of fun! Give the gift of art this holiday season, or make a small investment to begin your very own art collection with a local emerging Sacramento artist. The reception is December 1st from 6-9PM at WAL Public Market, 1104 R Street, Sacramento. Hopefully I'll see you there babes! Here's the flyer and the pieces I'll be exhibiting...
November 1, 2017
It's almost time again for the annual THE Art Auction at Verge Center for the Arts. This event generates a significant percentage of Verge's funding, so I feel honored to help out. I've submitted work to the auction before but this will be my first year in attendance and I'm thrilled. I hear the auctioneer is really good at what he does. The event is on Saturday, November 18th at Verge Center for the Arts at 625 S Street in Sacramento. The evening begins at 5:30pm with two silent auction lots followed by a live auction at 7:00pm. Here is my piece that will be auctioned off, woohoo!
October 17, 2017
I was recently asked to help adorn the walls of a brand new restaurant in East Sacramento called Canon. Of course I said hell yes. After a tour of the exquisite restaurant I decided that instead of providing existing artwork, that I would instead create some new pieces for the space. On a strict deadline of two weeks, I busted out the pieces below, titled "Culture Nourishment #1" and "Culture Nourishment #2." They present the idea of nourishment through culture. Within my clusters I incorporate fragments of music, literature and art as well as local landmarks. I imagine that Canon will be a place where the community will come, have a drink, and indulge in vibrant conversation about culture, travel, music, art, nature, literature, etc. and these pieces will perhaps ignite such conversation. Photographs by Sarah Marie Hawkins.
April 23, 2017
Just finished up this new commissioned piece. Every year the Holbens, an unbelievably cool Sacramento couple, commissions a local Sacramento artist to create an art piece for each of their daughters' birthdays. Such a wonderful idea! Based on a little inside scoop about their daughter's interests, I came up with the piece below. I hope she digs it!
March 8, 2017
In honor of International Women's Day, I've teamed up with Uprise Art and a handful of lovely lady artists to offer a new collection of artworks. 100% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood! You can view the insanely beautiful collection here.
November 21, 2016
I'm really excited about my upcoming show, titled "Alone Together," which opens on January 6th at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. I'll be showing a brand new series of paintings, along with the art of Justyna Kisielewicz and Emily Burns. The show will be up for two months so you'll have plenty of time to check it out. Here's a link to the event.
October 11, 2016
I will once again be participating in the Free Arts NYC Junior Board Art Auction which will be held on November 10th. This year I have one piece that will be auctioned off. All proceeds provide underserved children and families with education arts and mentoring programs. Here's the flyer for the event and my submitted piece...
October 10, 2016
Hey kiddos, I've got an exhibition coming up on November 4th at Roll Up Gallery in San Francisco. The show is title "Windows" and features an all-female lineup which includes Alexas Amann, Allison Snopek and more. Here's a link to the show page.
August 20, 2016
I recently collaborated with Bobart', a Parisian concept-store and Balibart to create an art print celebrating Bobart's 3rd Anniversary. The art print can be purchased at their location in Paris. Here are some images of the final piece...
August 5, 2016
The 5th annual If You Do Me, I'll Do You exhibit, opened tonight at WAL Artist Lofts in Sacramento. IFDMIDY is a portrait show including the work of over 22 local Sacramento artists. The artists randomly selected another participating artist to make a portrait of, resulting in an incredibly unique and thoughtful exhibition. Below is my piece of Shaun Burner, an incredibly talented gent.
November 18, 2015
I was invited to submit artwork for the Free Arts Junior Board Auction held at D'Agostino & Fiore Gallery in NYC. All proceeds help underserved children re-imagine their worlds through the creative arts...so rad! Here are some photos from the event :)
November 4 , 2015
Unfortunately my proposal for the Sacramento Arena Public Art project was not chosen. That was my first time in the public art realm and I was able to take away a wealth of knowledge and some great memories. Lots of people have been curious about my concept so here are some renderings. My concept was a tribute to Sacramento via large suspended "gold nuggets" made out of glass.
August 30, 2015
Happy to be part of a group show which opens on Friday titled "Enormous Tiny Art." This is an annual group show held at Nahcotta Gallery in New Hampshire which involves lots of artists and lots of small art pieces. I'll be showing 6 brand new pieces. Here's a link to the event!
August 11, 2015
I've been named as a finalist for a public art installation at Sacramento's new arena! There are 17 finalists vying for 4 separate art installations. I'll be spending the next two months creating my proposal and then the winners will be announced mid-October. You can find an article about the project here. I'll keep you updated!
July 9, 2015
On August 8th I'll be part of a group show titled "If you do me, I'll do you" at WAL in Sacramento. Here's the flyer...
June 6, 2015
20% OFF!!! In honor of their 4th birthday, Uprise Art is offering a special 20% discount on all art...including mine :) The sale runs nows though June 16th.
Head to their website here and use the coupon code FFMELISSA
May 8, 2015
Balibart, a lovely online art gallery based out of Paris is now offering limited edition prints of my work, along with the work of many other fabulous artists. You can find them here.
February 7, 2015
Upcoming exhibition! 8 of my works will be shown at Uprise Art's booth at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC. The fair runs March 25 – 29th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in the Chelsea district.
January 23, 2015
Upcoming exhibition! I'll be showing 6 pieces at the Art of Beer Invitational, a celebration of craft beers and fine art in Sacramento, CA on January 30th. I went to this event last year and it was a ton of fun...lots of local beer, local art and local food. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Ales For Autism.
January 3, 2015
New year, new Instagram. I finally have a new Instagram dedicated to my art. Follow me @melissaarendtart
September 6, 2014
So much fun was had last night at the opening for Tectonic Array. Always a rad time at 111 Minna. Here are some photos courtesy of artbusiness.com and 111 Minna...
August 7, 2014
Upriseart.com, an online contemporary art gallery based out of NYC has added a handful of my paintings to their shop. You can check them out/buy them here
August 5, 2014
One more month until my newest art exhibition at 111 Minna in SF. I'm incredibly excited! Here's the flyer....come!
May 22, 2014
Upcoming exhibition! On September 5th, 2014 I'll be sharing the 111 Minna walls with Michael Murphy. The show is titled "Tectonic Array". I've got lots of walls to fill so I'm gonna be a busy chick...can't wait! More info here
January 29, 2014
Upcoming exhibition! I’ll be showing 6 new paintings at a group exhibition at 111 Minna in San Francisco. The show is titled “Less is more: an exhibition focused on the ornate complexities which may exist on a smaller scale”. The date is Friday, April 4, 2014. More info here
Named one of the "50 California Artists You Should Know" by California Contemporary Art Journal. See the full list here.
October 20, 2012
The opening for "Corporeal Clusters" was last night at 111 Minna in San Francisco and it was a great success. The group show featured 18 of my newest paintings as well as the work or Kelly Allen and Xiau-Fong Wee. Here are some photos from the show courtesy of artbusiness.com
September 11, 2012
Just dropped off my new series of paintings at Blackbird Kitchen and Bar in Sacramento. You can see them on permanent display in the upstairs dining room.
I'm in Print Magazine! (Bottom right) Got #15 for their "Hand Drawn Competition".