Celina Melo graduated cum laude from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Specialist in Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education in 2006. She teaches high school visual arts, photography, media arts and religion for Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. She currently lives in Mississauga with her husband, two daughters and her yellow Labrador Retriever. She finds much of her inspiration at her cottage on the shores of Georgian Bay.
Painting and photography have been her favourite media; these two interests have come together in her personal painting portfolio.
· Mississauga Arts Council AGM & Members’ Show – March 27, 2019
Mississauga Civic Centre
· Visual Arts Mississauga Members’ Show and Sale – March 21, 2019
4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga
· Water’s Edge – Solo Exhibition – November 11 – December 21, 2018
Michael’s Hair Design, Oakville
· Colour and Form Society 66thOpen Juried Exhibition – November 4 –26, 2018
Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Etobicoke
· Rethinking Land Group Exhibit – October 26 – January 5, 2019
Quest Art School & Gallery, Midland
· Lakeshore Art Trail – October 13 & 14, 2018
Splash of Charm 6B Brant Avenue, Mississauga
· Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood Art in the Park – September 16, 2018
4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga
· Art in the Park Oakville – August 6, 2018
Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville
· Toronto Art Crawl – June 9, 2018
Liberty Village, Toronto
· ArtFest Port Credit – May 25-27, 2018
Memorial Park Port Credit, Mississauga
o Jim Tovey Art Award – Third Place Winner
· Practice What You Teach Annual Exhibit – September 2013 – 2017
Beaux-Arts Brampton, 70 Main St. N. Brampton
· Arts on the Credit – April 26 – 28, 2019
Waterside Inn, Port Credit, Mississauga
· Lakeshore Art Trail – October 19 & 20, 2019
Location TBA, Port Credit, Mississauga
· Colour and Form Society – 2019
· Mississauga Arts Council – 2018
· Visual Arts Mississauga – 2018
· Ontario College of Teachers – 2006-present
Silva, L (2018, October 29). Mississauga artist Celina Melo’s debut solo exhibition. Modern Mississauga.Retrieved from https://www.modernmississauga.com/main/2018/10/29/mississauga-artist-celina-melos-debut-solo-exhibition
Silva, L. (2018, May 17). Adjusting her sails: Art teacher changes course with debut exhibit at ArtFest Port Credit.Mississauga News. Retrieved from https://www.mississauga.com/whatson-story/8616040-ureport-adjusting-her-sails-art-teacher-changes-course-with-debut-exhibit-at-artfest-port-credit/
Melo, C. (2018, May). What is a speech delay and when to seek help? A mother and daughter’s journey. Sheridan Times, Spring & Summer 2018, p.17.
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Celina Melo is an abstract landscape painter, who works in acrylic and mixed media. Painting and photography have been her favourite media; these two interests have come together in her personal painting portfolio. Melo’s work references imagery from her photography combined with texture, traditional painting and poured paint techniques.
Textural depth is important in her pieces, as well as the push and pull depth achieved by layering the sheen of pouring medium and the matte quality of acrylic paint. Surfaces are built up to create texture using modeling paste. Often mixed media is incorporated, such as cheesecloth and sand. Paintings range in size from 6 x 6 inches up to 36 x 84 inches. Imagery is painted. Paint is poured. The result is an organic and fluid interpretation of the landscape, which meanders between abstraction and realism.
Georgian Bay often acts as muse. Her subject matter involves water and sky, as she is drawn to their reflective qualities and ability to change colour. The inherent movement and reflections in water is represented through Melo’s process of painting, pouring and pushing her acrylic paints to mimic and create the impression of movement and colour – to try to recapture the sensation of being in the moment.
Melo graduated cum laude from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Specialist in Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education in 2006. She is a teacher for Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, where she teaches high school Visual Arts, Photography, Media Arts, Religion and Canadian & World Studies. Melo is a member of Mississauga Arts Council, Colour and Form Society, Lakeshore Art Trail, Visual Arts Mississauga, Arts on the Credit and Ontario College of Teachers. She has exhibited her work across the GTA and Midland, Ontario. She currently lives in Mississauga with her husband, two daughters and her Yellow Labrador Retriever.