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Melinda Mathews

Painting Exhibit: September-October 2004

Samford University Library hosts a Painting Exhibition by Melinda Mathews. All paintings are water media--watercolor or acrylics or some combination.

The photographs are showcased on the main entry level around the grand staircase.

[click on image for closer view]
Quiet Game of Checkers
With Red Dog and a Rocking Chair
Three-Way Conversation
Wild Child
Sharing a Bench
Playing Grown-up
In Sync
One-Way Conversation

Melinda Mathews

Melinda Mathews has been painting for about 10 years. She has participated in several 2 and 3-person shows--among them, a 2-person show at Oasis Women's Center in 2002 (works by Melanie Grein and Melinda) and a 3-person show in 2000 at Space One Eleven (works by Thornton Dial, Sybil Gibson and Melinda Mathews).

She has won awards at the Watercolor Society of Alabama shows and the Alabama Experimental Artists shows.

In her own words...

As an artist, I am fascinated with people of every size, shape and color. Conventional standards of beauty are so narrow and unrealistic. I have no desire to paint a "pretty" girl or a "handsome' man. I enjoy a look, a line or shape, interesting body language. I try to celebrate differences and capture a moment. I paint mostly women and am fascinated with relationships--a person with her music; an individual with her dog or cat.

Normally I do not try to work from either life or pictures, preferring in most cases to work from imagination. Therefore, my approach tends to be expressionistic, rather than realistic.

    -Melinda Mathews

Mrs. Mathews is also a tax and estate planning attorney. She has taught estate planning for the last two years as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law.

Closing date: October 31, 2004

text provided by artist



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