Chehalis Hegner Melloni
Chehalis Hegner-Melloni has an enviable talent. Enviable also is the
ability she has to share the most intimate of emotions through her fine
art photography. Chehalis'
most recent black and white series presents an unusual perspective on
details of the human form, with features of such contrast and expression
that they touch the heart and soul with their beauty.
Using an innovative process, Chehalis offers us sensual
and striking reflections in which the individual becomes familiar, caught
in common emotion and action by her discerning eye. Her images have
been said to portray "the god and goddess in all of humanity". They
seem to be sensitive renderings of fine sculpture, visions of the human
soul. A strong desire to offer her recent work to the public has brought
her to the attention of a quickly growing audience. Her supporters include
many other fine artists, friends of the arts, and now the Belknap Mill
Presenting a program in April entitled "Microcosms
In Time", Chehalis will allow us to see process as well as the final
presentation of her work, through an edited video program she has created.
The video is Chehalis' original catalogue of images, strands of time
broken down to the individual frame, which is then further manipulated
into photographs of singular beauty and amazing detail. The Thornton
based artist uses her love of humanity and fine art to both educate
and inspire. She currently teaches photography and presentation at Plymouth
State College, in the Fine Arts Department.
Invitation to "Microcosms in Time"...an Art Show sponsored by Belknap
Landscape Company, Inc., to benefit the Belknap Mill's "Save the Bell
Tower" Fund in 1999. The show included an unusual and unique view of
tiny increments of time, created first on video, and then processed
as photos of captured moments....Microcosms In Time. The invitations
to the Artist's reception were a challenge because of the amount of
information that needed to be conveyed.
professional singer since college, Chehalis has played multiple Boston
venues. Her singing voice is angelic, and her CD entitled "Lyrical"
is available locally and on gardenplum.com.
She is also a voice teacher and mentor for many, with students at Holderness
School and as far south as Meredith. Along with her husband Romeo, a
classical composer and contemporary artist, Chehalis has built an inspirational
atmosphere in which her talents have room to grow. "Microcosms" opening
will be attended by friends, coleagues, and many supporters of the program
to save the Bell Tower at the Belknap Mill. A percentage of the sales
from the show will be donated to that cause.
Listen to a snippet of Chehalis's 'See Me Smile' (mp3 file).
All publicity, press release, sponsorship, print
production, event coverage, and Gallery arrangements were managed by
Kimberly Thomas. The event was very well attended, and the show was
a great success.