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MELANA BONTRAGER


EDUCATION
1999     MA – Creative Arts Therapy, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
1997     BFA – Art/Psychology, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1996     Photography/Painting/Drawing, Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy      
                                                                           
EXHIBITIONS
2019                
Art of Story, Featured Artist, Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle, WA
Drawn Into Story, Art and Music Collaboration with Moodybear Music, Everett, WA

2018                
Holiday Show, Group Show, Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle, WA
Arts Bestowed, Holiday Group Show, Traumhaus Gallery, Snohomish, WA
Landscape Abstracts, Two artist show, Traumhaus Gallery, Snohomish, WA
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA             
Seattle Emerging Arts Fair, Juried Group Show, Seattle Art Post, Seattle, WA
Bellevue Art Museum Arts Festival, Bellevue, WA
Make Your Mark, Summer National Juried Exhibition, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA
Artistic Impressions, International publication, World of Interiors magazine, London, UK
Visual Impressions, Juried group show, Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA
Everett Art Walk, Solo exhibit, Waxology, Everett, WA

2017                
Edmonds Art Walk, Solo exhibit, Ombu Salon, Edmonds, WA
4th Annual Living Mark Exhibition, Juried group show, Verum Ultimum, Portland, OR
Emerald Spring Exhibition, Juried group show, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR
WAOW Spring Online Exhibit, Juried group show, WAOW.org
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA

2016                
Art and Wine, Wicked Cellars Gallery, Solo show: painting and jazz collaboration with John Carswell, Everett, WA
20th Juried Show, Schack Art Center, Juried group show, Everett, WA
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA

2015                
Microcosmos, Gallery 621, Juried group show, Benicia, CA
Juried Alumni Exhibition, Taylor University, Juried group show, Upland, IN
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA

2014                
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Featured artist ,Everett, WA

2013                
17th Juried Show, Schack Art Center, Juried group show, Everett, WA
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA

2012                
Art and Wine, Wicked Cellars Gallery, Solo show: multi-discipline art collaboration, Everett, WA
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA

2010                
14th Juried Show, Schack Art Center, Juried group show, Everett, WA
Pacific Northwest Abstract Show, Gallery by the Bay, Group show, Stanwood, WA
Wicked Cellars Gallery, Solo show, Everett, WA
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA

2009                
Art and Furniture Show, White Sage Studio, Group show, Ballard, WA
Art and Architecture, collaboration with TeamTroy Realty, Group show, Ballard, WA
Belltown Art Walk, Group show, Seattle, WA
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA

2008                
Art on the Town, Gallery by the Bay, Group show, Bellevue, WA
Fresh Paint Artist Festival, Juried participant, Everett, WA

2007                
Art as Home Decor, Bellevue Home Show, Gallery representation exhibition, Bellevue, WA
Spring Show, Gallery by the Bay, Group show, Stanwood, WA
Local Art, Lowell Artworks Gallery, Group show, Lowell, WA
Wallingford Art Walk, Business/Art collaboration, Seattle, WA

2005                
Small Works, d.Art Gallery,  Juried group show,  Southampton, MA


ART COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

2010-2019       
H’Arts Auction, Schack Art Center, Art donation/participation, Everett, WA

2016-18           
Pints and Pumpkins, Schack Art Center, Commissioned Art pieces, Everett, WA

2017                
Theater Set Design, Commissioned Christmas Tree, The Dance School, Everett, WA
2016-17           
Reflections--Port Gardner Art Competition, Chair, Everett, WA

2016                
Reflections--Everett School District Competition, Juror, Everett, WA
WAOW--Women Artists of the West, Associate member

2015                
Reflections—PTSA Mukilteo Art Competition, Juror, Mukilteo, WA

2014                
Scholastic Art Awards, Juror, Snohomish Co, WA               

2013                
Schack Art Center, Grant, 2014 art festival poster, Everett, WA
Street Tunes, Commissioned public art piece, Everett, WA
Washington State Art Educators Conference, Presenter, Des Moines, WA

2011
City of Everett art collaboration, Commissioned city mural project, Everett, WA