ART SHOW FUNDRAISER: The Holy Spirit House of Prayer presented Michele Myers' first one-woman art show to benefit Sojourner's House on the Ridge on Saturday, November 15, 2014, in Paradise, California. 100% of sales went to Sojourner's House on the Ridge, which provides a variety of services to the homeless of Paradise and Magalia, California. With the help and generosity of many people, over $690 was raised for SHOR! $75 was raised after the show, also. A selection of the show can be viewed by making an appointment. Please call the House of Prayer at (530) 520-8013.
I have donated some original pieces to some local charity events, including the 2013 and 2014 silent auctions for Paradise Parks and Recreation Scholarship program for children, the 2014 PASH (Paradise Animal Shelter Helpers) art fundraiser, 2015 Paradise Art Center art sale, and the 2013 and 2014 Sojourners On the Ridge dinner and auction, benefiting the homeless of Paradise and Magalia, CA.
In 2013 and 2014, I made donations of my FAA artist's proceeds to DOOR (Deaf Opportunity OutReach) International, which works with deaf of Africa and Asia to provide scripture in their local sign languages, Sojourners House on the Ridge, which provides temporary shelter for local homeless, A Seat At the Table, which provides fresh produce for supplemental food for the Paradise Ridge, CA, hungry, A Simple Gesture, the green bag program that enlists the help of local people of the Paradise Ridge to collect and distribute supplemental food to the hungry of the Ridge, and to ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, which provides support for those with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families.
ABOUT MY ART JOURNEY: I had my first one-woman show reception at the Holy Spirit House of Prayer in November 2014, where a selection my artwork is presently on display. I have been in a number of group gallery shows as a member of the Paradise Art Center since September 2011. My latest group show was 'Members Show' through September 2015. In November 2011, I had three pieces in the juried show, 'Transitions'. In 2012, I received blue ribbons for my artwork at both the Butte County Fair in Gridley, CA, and the Silver Dollar Fair in Chico, CA, and Best of Show for amateur art at the Silver Dollar Fair in 2012. Last year, I received Best of Show at the 2013 Silver Dollar Fair as well as several blue and red ribbons. In 2014, I received Best of Show for amateur art at Silver Dollar Fair, as well as 5 first place Blue Ribbons and one second place Red Ribbon. In May 2015, I received 7 first place Blue Ribbons, a fourth place Pink ribbon and a third place White Ribbon.
I started drawing as a child, did well in art classes in high school, and decided to get my college degree in art. My emphasis was painting. After many years away from art while working in retail, customer service, banking, and vintage clothing wholesaling, I started doing artwork again in 2011.
I received a B.A. in Art from San Jose State University in 1977 and graduated with “Great Distinction”. I had a few clients in my early art career including:
1969, Client: Persis M. Hamilton
Drew pen and ink illustrations for first half of nursing textbook, 'Basic Pediatric Nursing', Mosby, 1970.
1971, Client: San Jose State Career Planning Office
Drew pen and ink illustrations, did paste-up and layout of alternative directory, 'South Bay Yellow Pages'.
1978, Client: Campaign for Clean Indoor Air
Drew cartoon illustrations and cover for Proposition 5 campaign brochure.
In 1968 and 1971, I was a volunteer arts and crafts instructor at the elementary school level.
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