October 21st – Nov 25th

Artist Reception
Saturday, Oct 21st 4-6 pm
Artist Talk – 5:00pm

Event is at Mockingbird’s Handprints
Olmos Park location
4303 McCullough, SA,TX 78212, more parking in back

Olmos Mockingbird Handprints Gallery will host Melissa Grace Young for an opening reception to her exhibit of Soulful Sisters on Saturday, October 21 from 4 – 6 pm, including a lively artist talk about her work at 5:00 PM. She’ll discuss her figurative renderings of strong madonnas and how her creations follow her personal inner journey and evolution. Dialogue and questions are highly encouraged!

This exhibit includes her latest series of five ‘Sisters on a Mission’, taking inspiration from our San Antonio Missions and rich local heritage, and manifested though her focused madonna perspective.

Melissa Grace Young

Growing up in San Antonio, artistic expression began for me with scissors and crayons and paste and paints. Now I create because I must, for peace of mind, for my sanity really. And as I must, I’ve found ways to make art a big part of my life.

For the past twenty years, I’m drawn to figure and portrait sketching and painting, particularly the female form. And especially the divine female form: the madonna, with halos and hands and flaming hearts and crowns. I find myself creating madonnas of vivid colors and unbalanced facial features and body parts; so few things in life are perfect, and yet they can be so perfectly beautiful.

These days I fill journals with images of everyday wonders, and transcendent figures with extraordinary vision and strength, and I teach art journaling to help others on their creative journeys. My journal works inform my madonnas paintings and mixed media portraits of uncanny funkiness.

Melissa will also have some of her linocuts available in the show.