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 The National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Falmouth MA Pastel Society of New Hampshire Pastel Society of America (PSA), New York, NY Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA   SOLO SHOWS/GROUP EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS  Beverly Farms Library Gallery, Beverly Farms MA  “Seasons Passing” 2019  Beverly Farms Library Gallery, Beverly Farms MA  “Les Petits Pastels de Provence” 2014  Beverly Farms Library Gallery, Beverly Farms MA  “Everchanging” 2012  The Commonwealth Club, Boston MA Concord Art Association, Concord MA Danvers Art Association, Danvers MA  Best in Show Spring & Fall Shows 2016, 2015  Endicott College, Beverly MA  Artsfest Community Art Show 2019  The French Library and Cultural Center, Boston MA Gallery 95, Porter Mill Studios, Beverly MA  "Same Subject, Different Media" 2018  Marblehead Art Association, Marblehead MA  Honorable Mention Spring Show 2015  Marblehead Art Association, Marblehead MA “ Looking Back, Moving Forward" 2015  Mingo Gallery, Beverly MA Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport MA  New England Regional Show 2019  North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA  “Two Artists, Two Points of View” 2017  North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA  First Prize Pastel Category 2016  Pastel Journal 100 Competition  2016 Honorable Mention Abstract/Non Objective Category  Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Falmouth MA Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester 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
The National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY
Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA
North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Falmouth MA
Pastel Society of New Hampshire
Pastel Society of America (PSA), New York, NY
Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA

SOLO SHOWS/GROUP EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS
Beverly Farms Library Gallery, Beverly Farms MA “Seasons Passing” 2019
Beverly Farms Library Gallery, Beverly Farms MA “Les Petits Pastels de Provence” 2014
Beverly Farms Library Gallery, Beverly Farms MA “Everchanging” 2012
The Commonwealth Club, Boston MA
Concord Art Association, Concord MA
Danvers Art Association, Danvers MA Best in Show Spring & Fall Shows 2016, 2015
Endicott College, Beverly MA Artsfest Community Art Show 2019
The French Library and Cultural Center, Boston MA
Gallery 95, Porter Mill Studios, Beverly MA "Same Subject, Different Media" 2018
Marblehead Art Association, Marblehead MA Honorable Mention Spring Show 2015
Marblehead Art Association, Marblehead MA “Looking Back, Moving Forward" 2015
Mingo Gallery, Beverly MA
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA
Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport MA New England Regional Show 2019
North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA “Two Artists, Two Points of View” 2017
North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA First Prize Pastel Category 2016
Pastel Journal 100 Competition 2016 Honorable Mention Abstract/Non Objective Category
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Falmouth MA
Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA

MICHÈLE J KENNA

Michèle J. Kenna, a transplanted Canadian, has lived in Massachusetts for over 30 years. Growing up in a family involved in art and theater, Michèle pursued her own artistic aspirations by completing her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Toronto. After raising two children in Beverly, MA, Michèle 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. Michèle 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 Michèle 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, Michèle 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. Michèle’s commissioned work is part of many private collections in the United States, Canada and Europe.

ARTIST STATEMENT

LOOKING AT THE WORLD AROUND ME . . . . FROM AN ABSTRACT POINT OF VIEW

As time goes by I am being pulled more and more towards abstract expression. Abstract painting gives me a freedom of personal expression which encompasses emotion, gesture, spirit, passion, intensity and tone (perfect words from the Thesaurus). My abstract work can reflect what is going on around me as well as within me.

Using mixed media including pastel, acrylic paint, charcoal and ink gives me the freedom to experiment and create unexpected abstract paintings as well as landscapes.

Sometimes “mistakes” occur but as Helen Frankenthaler said: “You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once.” Getting to the essence, to 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.

Michèle J. Kenna's studio

Michèle J. Kenna's studio