About the Artist

Michele Byrne

The Art of Conversation

Michele Byrne - Biography

Museum Collections:

2012   The Bennington – purchased “Paper Mill Bridge” Permanent Collection, Bennington VT

 

Professional Awards/Benchmarks:

2014   American Impressionist Society 15th National Juried Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver,CO

2014   Award of Merrit and Randy Higby Award - Just Plein Fun Plein Air Invitational, Juror Jean Stern, Balboa Island, CA

2014   Honorable Mention - Wayne Plein Air - Wayne, PA – Juror Randall Sexton

2014   Invitational Faculty doing demo’s at PleinAir Magazine Annual Convention, Monterey, CA

2014   Honorable Mention - Wayne Plein Air - Wayne, PA – Juror Randall Sexton 

2013   First Place Award, Just Plein Fun- Debra Huse Gallery Plein Air Invitational – Juror Jean Stern

2013   PleinAir Magazine, June/July – 8 Page Feature Article, by Steve Doherty

2013   TSKW - The Studios of Key West - 4 Week Artist Residency Fellowship, Key West, FL

2012   First Place Award & Peoples’ Choice Awards - Paint the Town, Chestertown, MD

2012   Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit - Bennington, VT

2012   Second Place Award - Easton Plein Air Quick Draw, Easton, MD - Juror Tim Newton

2012   People’s Choice Award - Aspen Plein Air Invitational, Aspen, CO

2012   Third Place Award - Cranford Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ - Juror Joseph McGurl

2012   Southwest Art Magazine – September Issue – included in Urban Impressions article

2012   Artists’ Choice Award, First Place Award & Peoples’ Choice Awards - Paint the Town, Chestertown, MD

2011   American Impressionist Society - National Juried Exhibition, Mountainsong Gallery, Carmel, CA

2011   First Place Award of Excellence - Berks Art Alliance 34th Annual Juried Show - Reading Museum, Reading, PA

2011   Southwest Art Magazine – September, Editor’s Choice “Artist’s to Watch” section

2011   People’s Choice Award – San Luis Obispo Plein Air, San Luis Obisbo Museum of Art, CA

2011   First Place Quick Draw Award - Aspen Plein Air Invitational, Aspen, Colorado

2011   Honorable Mention - Wayne Plein Air - Wayne, PA

2010   1st Place Award - Salmagundi Club Winter Exhibition - New York, NY

2010   People’s Choice Award/Dueling Brushes - Paint Annapolis 2010, Annapolis, MD

2010   Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Poster Artist

2010   2nd Place - Artists’ Choice Award: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO

2010   People’s Choice Award & 3rd Place Award: Cranford Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ

2010   3rd Place Award: Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne Art Center, Wayne,

2010   Honorable Mention: Rehoboth Beach Paint Out, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, MD

2009   Best of Show: Mountain Maryland Plein Air Event, Cumberland, MD - Juror Nancy Tankersley

2009   2nd Place: Bayonet Farms, Holmdel, NJ - Jurors Peter Trippi and James Yarosh

2009   2nd Place: Havre de Grace Plein Air, Havre de Grace, MD - Juror Armand Cabrera

2009   First Place Award: Berks Arts Council's ART OF JAZZ / Berks Jazz Fest, Reading, PA

2009   Honorable Mention: Berks Art Alliance 32nd Annual Juried Exhibit, Reading Museum, PA

2009   Featured Artist: Immaculata University Art Show, Malvern, PA

2008   In the French Tradition Award of Excellence, Out & About Norfolk Plein Air, Norfolk, VA

2008   Open Box M Plein Air Award, Chadds Ford Art Festival, Chadds Ford, PA

2008   Award of Merrit, Bucks County Paint Out - Sabine Rose Gallery, Doylestown, PA

2008   Award of Excellence, Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne Art Center

2008   Fast Lane Art, Berks Arts Council Billboard Art Winner, Reading, PA

2008   Purchase Award, Berks Art Alliance Juried Exhibition at the GoggleWorks, Reading, PA

2007   Peoples Choice Award & Award of Excellence: Paint Annapolis 07, Annapolis MD 

2007   First Place Award: Rehoboth Beach Paint Out, Rehoboth Art League

2007   Honorable Mention: Havre de Grace Plain Air Painting Competition 

2007   Award of Excellence: Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne Art Center - Juror Sara Poly

2006   Second Place Award: Paint Annapolis 2006, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Assoc.

2006   Featured in the February issue of Art Business News Magazine in the Emerging Artist section

2006   Published second book titled The Art of Conversation: Manhattan, which includes 39 paintings    

           depicting conversations in the parks, streets and café’s of Manhattan. Introduction by Meredith
           Lewis, Editor of American Artist Watercolor Magazine.  Available at Barnes& Nobles

2003   Auction Record established June 2003 at Freeman’s Auction, Philadelphia

2003   Juried into the Philadelphia Sketch Club

2002   Published book titled The Art of Conversation, which includes 42 paintings and text explaining
           my inspirations and thoughts of conversation in modern day culture. Introduction written by
           Constance U. Battle, M.D., previous executive director of the National Museum for Women in
           the Arts, Washington, D.C.  Available at Barnes & Nobles

 

Solo Exhibitions:
2014   The Art of Conversation on California’s Central Coast, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art,  

           San Luis Obispo, CA

2014   Travels Plein Air, Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL

2013   The French Connection, TSKW - The Studios of Key West, Key West, FL

2011   The Art of Conversation, American Art Gallery, Snow Hill, MD

2011   New Works, The YR Club, Reading, PA

2009   Recent Works, Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA

2009   Plein Air Paintings, American Art Gallery, Snow Hill, MD

2008   The Art of Conversation - All Plein Air, Fromm Gallery, JCC of Reading, PA

2007   New Works, Uptown Gallery, New York, NY

2006   The Art of Conversation: Manhattan, Happy Dog Gallery, Piermont, NY

2004   Recent Paintings/The Art of Conversation, Ventures Gallery, Rehoboth Art League, DE

2002   The Art of Conversation/Paintings from the Book, Institute of the Arts, Wyomissing, PA   

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2014   Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA 2013

2013   Burchtree Fine Art - Two Person Show, Wayne, PA

           Laguna Plein Air Invitational – Laguna Beach, CA

           Featured Artist at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Fine Art Show, Villanova, PA

           Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

           Aspen Plein Air, Fourth Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO

           Debra Huse Gallery - Just Plein Fun Plein Air Invitational, Balboa Island, CA

           Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

           Paint The Town - Plein Air Exhibit, Cranford, NJ

 2012  Juried in the Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Division Exhibit - Bennington, VT

           Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

           Aspen Plein Air, Second Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO

           Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

           Paint The Town - Plein Air Exhibit, Cranford, NJ

           Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

           Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

           San Luis Obispo Plein Air Invitational, San Luis Obispo, CA

2011    American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Show, Mountainside Galleries, CA

           Easton Plein Air Invitational, Easton, MD

           Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

           Aspen Plein Air, Second Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO

           Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

           Paint The Town - Plein Air Exhibit, Cranford, NJ

           Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

           Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

           San Luis Obispo Plein Air Invitational, San Luis Obispo, CA

2010   Salmagundi Club, Nocturnes Exhibit, New York, NY

           Salmagundi Club, Winter Exhibit, New York, NY

           Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

           Aspen Plein Air, First Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO

           Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

           Paint The Town - Plein Air Exhibit, Cranford, NJ

           Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

           Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2009   Industry and the Landscape Juried Exhibit, The Goggleworks, Reading, PA

           Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

           Yellow Springs Art Show, Historic Yellow Springs, PA

           Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

           Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

           Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, RI

           Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2008  Norfolk Plein Air Exhibit, Norfolk, VA

           Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

           Yellow Springs Art Show, Historic Yellow Springs, PA

           Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

           Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

           Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, RI

           Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2007   Uptown Gallery, New York, NY, The Art of Conversation: Manhattan

           Purchase Awards/Berks Art Alliance 30th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Reading Public   
           Museum, Reading, PA

           Immaculata University Art Show, Malvern, PA

           Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

           Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

           Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2006   ArtExpo New York, Jacob Javits Center, NY, NY

            Philadelphia Sketch Club 143rd Annual Juried Exhibition/Small Oil Paintings, Phila, PA

            Washington Square Art Show, New York, NY

            Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

            Paint Annapolis, Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD

            Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 110th Annual Juried Exhibit, New York, NY

 2005   Immaculata University Art Show, Malvern, PA

             Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, FL

             Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

 

Education:

2011               Studied with artists Quang Ho, Carolyn Anderson and Dan McCaw

2009              Studied with artists Richard Schmid, Stuart Shils and Ken Auster

2001-2003      Figure and Portraiture classes, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2002              Studied with California artist Robert Burridge at the Institute of the Arts, Wyomissing

1977-1981       Bachelor of Fine Arts, Communication Design, minor in Illustration/Painting, Kutztown University, PA

 

Gallery Representation:

American Art Gallery - 211 N. Washington St., Snow Hill, MD   www.americanartmaryland.com

Burchtree Fine Art - 503 West Lancaster Ave, #620, Wayne, PA  www. burchtreefineart.com

Evalyn Dunn Gallery - 549 South Avenue West, Westfield, NJ   www.evalyndunnsgallery.com

Gingerbread Square Art Gallery, Key West, FL   www.gingerbreadsquaregallery.com

Longwood Art Gallery - 200 East State Street, Kennet Square, PA   www.longwoodartgallery.com

Mountainsong Galleries in collaboration with Amazon.com   www.amazon.com/mountainsong

Objects & Images Fine Art - 117 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville, NY   www.objects-images.com

William Ris Gallery - 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ   www.williamris.com

 

Memberships and Affiliations:

American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of American, Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., Salmagundi Club, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Rehoboth Art League, Berks Art Alliance

 

Artist Statement:

 I prefer to paint outdoors directly on site. I feel that it is the best way to capture the immediacy of the moment. It allows me to immerse myself in the subject. I am not the typical plein air landscape painter in that I enjoy capturing social situations and views of the urban landscape. Whether standing next to a busy café, an isolated beach or inside a jazz club, I know that it is not just the visual information that becomes a part of the painting. The sounds, the smells, the mood and the environment all become integral to the finished image. My plein air paintings are meant to be mirrors of our lives. There is something magical and mystical about standing with your feet firmly planted on the earth, absorbing all the sounds, smells and conversations as well as the visual information and letting it all flow out onto the canvas. I become a part of the scene and the paintings seem to flow out of me. 

 

Biography:

Michele Byrne paints in oils and watercolors. Two books of her paintings are published and she is working on a third book. The titles of the published books are: The Art of Conversation with an introduction by Constance Battle MD.; The Art of Conversation: Manhattan with an introduction by Meredith Lewis (Editor of American Artist Watercolor Magazine). Michele has also had her works included in sales at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia and she is a nominated member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionists Society.

 

 

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