LAKE WORTH BEACH - By Elyse Grant Special to The Palm Beach Post — At 500 Lake Ave., an older graying building sits on the corner, awaiting renovation from new owner Melissa Delprete. The commercial lot in Lake Worth Beach had a lengthy ownership prior to being sold. “It was owned by the same person since the ’70s. The plans are for it to be an art studio, and it’s a great spot for it,” said Albright.
Melissa’s paintings and drawings are rooted in her long standing interest in art and design; staunchly walking the line between timelessness and trend. Informed by a dedicated doodle practice, her works are composed of lines, energetic orbs, and symbols set within layered atmospheric colors fields. Created within an intuitive flow, the various compositions are meant to mimic the rhythmic patterns and cycles of the human psyche.
Melissa DelPrete grew up on Long Island and studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Upon graduating with a BFA in 2009, she was awarded the excellence in painting distinction. In 2015 Melissa earned an M.S. in art education and began teaching freelance art courses while simultaneously deepening her art making practice. Melissa is currently living in Lake Worth Beach and in addition to maintaining her painting practice, is immersed in establishing mtn space, an art gallery and residency program dedicated to exhibiting emerging and established artists.
LIU Post, MS Art Education 2015
Massachusetts College of Art, BFA Painting 2009
THE USPS ART PROJECT AND EXHIBITION, April- June 2020
CommUnity Art show, Hatch Gallery 2112, Lake Worth FL March 2019
Holiday Art Fair, Steve Gilbert Studio, Seattle, WA December 2018
Cash For Gold, Steve Gilbert Studio, Seattle, WA June 2018
True Love Art Gallery Seattle, WA September 2017
Abington Studios Group Show, August, 2010
Fresh Flours, Seattle, WA March—April 2018
Graduate Show, LIU POST Art Department, February 2016
Residencies and Focused Art Making Opportunities
Lost coast Trail, YO-YO 50 mi of walking and doodling, August 2018
Burning Man, Black Rock city, NV August 2013
Yellowstone National Park, June-September 2011
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT February 2011
Excellence in Painting, 2D department Massachusetts College of Art, 2008