JURIED MEMBERSHIPS Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge MA Concord Art Association, Concord MA MA Danvers Art Association, Danvers MA IAPS International Association of Pastel Societies Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead MA North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Falmouth MA Pastel Society of New Hampshire Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA SOLO SHOWS/GROUP EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS Pastel Journal 100 Competition 2016 Honorable Mention Abstract/Non Objective Category The French Library and Cultural Center, Boston MA The Commonwealth Club, Boston MA Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA North Shore Music Theater, Beverly MA Porter Mill Studios Gallery, Beverly MA Marblehead Art Association, Marblehead MA Honorable Mention Spring Show 2015 North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA First Prize Pastel Category 2016 Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Falmouth MA Concord Art Association, Concord MA Danvers Art Association, Danvers MA Best in Show Spring & Fall Shows 2015, 2016 Mingo Gallery, Beverly MA Mimi Gallery, Ipswich MA The River Gallery, Ipswich MA


JURIED MEMBERSHIPS

Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge MA
Concord Art Association, Concord MA MA
Danvers Art Association, Danvers MA
IAPS International Association of Pastel Societies
Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead MA
North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Falmouth MA
Pastel Society of New Hampshire
Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA

SOLO SHOWS/GROUP EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS
Pastel Journal 100 Competition 2016 Honorable Mention Abstract/Non Objective Category
The French Library and Cultural Center, Boston MA
The Commonwealth Club, Boston MA
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA
North Shore Music Theater, Beverly MA
Porter Mill Studios Gallery, Beverly MA
Marblehead Art Association, Marblehead MA Honorable Mention Spring Show 2015
North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA First Prize
Pastel Category 2016

Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Falmouth MA
Concord Art Association, Concord MA
Danvers Art Association, Danvers MA Best in Show Spring & Fall Shows 2015, 2016
Mingo Gallery, Beverly MA
Mimi Gallery, Ipswich MA
The River Gallery, Ipswich MA

MICHELE J KENNA

Michele J. Kenna, a transplanted Canadian, has lived in Massachusetts for over 30 years. Growing up in a family involved in art and theater, Michele pursued her own artistic aspirations by completing her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Toronto. After raising two children in Beverly MA, Michele continued to study with nationally known American artists who taught and mentored her in the pastel medium, her primary influences being Frank Federico, PSA 2012 Hall of Fame Honoree and internationally renowned painter, Wolf Kahn. Michele has also studied with renowned American painters such as Betty Lou Schlemm, Charles Movalli, Ted Minchin, Barbara Moody, Masako Kamiya and many more.

Classes at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly MA have inspired Michele to reach out beyond traditional boundaries and to challenge herself to more abstract ways of expression. With a studio at the Porter Mill Studios in Beverly, Michele continues to develop her unique style of landscape painting. She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and art associations in the Boston area and the North Shore.

ARTIST STATEMENT

LOOKING BACK . . . . MOVING FORWARD

Looking back and moving forward has been a constant pull in my life. Looking back on what has happened in my life, learning from it and moving forward with hope to new and unchartered territory.  This applies to my art as well.

Rather than stay in my comfort zone of traditional landscape painting I am moving towards a more abstract way of expression. Using mixed media including pastel, acrylic paint, charcoal and ink gives me the freedom to explore, experiment and create unexpected landscapes and abstract paintings. Paintings that reflect my love of color, line markings, texture and mood.

There are disappointments many times in this experimentation, but each painting contains an important “learning piece” which helps me move on more confidently to more successful paintings.

Looking back on my years of work I see a progression towards more abstraction and freedom from the “tyranny of detail”. Getting to the essence, the core is my process. My traditional work, which I will always continue to do, has given me the foundation and confidence to move in a different direction – a wonderful metaphor for life.