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TCA Exhibits
Rock, Water, Time
Works by Melissa Kennelly
May 18 – July 2, 2023

Opening Reception: THU, May 18 4-6pm

Encore Gallery

About the show:

Large scale charcoal paintings explore water’s power to change landscape over time. Images range from glacial, to geologic, to sea, to desert landscapes. The intent of these striking minimalist works is to evoke an emotional response to the epic forces at play as climate and water change landscape at a rate not seen by humans in thousands of years.

About Melissa Kennelly:

Melissa Kennelly uses a simple byproduct of fire – charcoal – to depict water, sky, and landform to strike an emotional chord within the viewer. She develops her skills through observation, self-study, and practice, balanced with a career in law and a love of roaming stark landscapes. Kennelly was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and relocated to Taos in 2004. Her work can be found in private collections in New Mexico and beyond.


Taos Ceramic Center 114 Estes Es Rd Taos, NM 87571
February 4th – April 1st, 2023

Opening February 4th, 4:00 – 6:00

Delighted to be chosen for the 2023 ‘Taos is Art’ Banner Project!
Thank you to the Taos Arts Council and the Town or Taos for sponsoring this wonderful yearly event.
My banner is located just north of Cids Grocery on Paseo del Norte.

Moving into 2023

Recent Works –

My work is charcoal on paper, with the subtleties of fine textures, quiet gradients, and soft contrasts that define my work, focus and process. I continue to experiment with sizes, distances and subject, while staying true to my primary explorations of the elements of water, earth, air and fire. My collection is ever-expanding and will be exhibited more widely in 2023.

December 18, 2022

About My Website

As I have created more works of art and subsequent inquiries about my work, I decided to have a website created to showcase it. I contacted Taos Web Design and sent samples of what kind of site, look and feel, I wanted and they created a unique layout and presentation that fits my work well. The simplicity of this site is its strength, with the white background and gray color scheme, allowing the subtlety of my work to present clear and beautifully. The site went live December 17th, 2022 and will expand with my collection.