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  • “Great Lakes Altar - 2”Great Lakes Altar - 2

    Mixed media: wood, mirror, metal tape, candles, paper, lace and more!

Melanie Ariens

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Melanie Ariens is an artist-in-residence at Redline Milwaukee, environmental advocate and volunteer community coordinator with diverse interests, skills and a willingness to learn just about anything to achieve a set goal. She received her degree in painting, drawing and printmaking from UWM in 1992 and worked there as the print shop assistant. She was formerly represented by La Galleria Del Conte (now closed) and participated in many group and juried shows.

For the past 11 years she has served as the Co-Founder and Co-Director, Healthy Communities Project, working to promote the reduction and elimination of the use of landscape pesticides. She has also served on the Environmental Advisory Commission for the Village of Whitefish Bay, and on the Green and Healthy Schools Committee for School District of Whitefish Bay.

Melanie's artwork gets people to think about environmental issues in a different way in order to spur stewardship.

She also makes handmade jewelry that can be viewed and purchased at the Waxwing in Shorewood.

In addition to jewelry making and studio arts, she enjoys knitting, basket weaving, sewing, and hand-making just about anything she may need, even if it is just for the fun of it. Her interests include sustainable living, gardening, healthy cooking, camping, hiking, canoeing, biking, kite flying, playing the ukulele, and doing pretty much anything outside as long as it doesn't kill her!