"As an artist, I've always done portraits," she says. "Commissions are sort of a dead end: You paint the portrait and make your money, and then that’s it. But when I was reading online about what they do with their organization, I saw those images and thought, 'I could do portraits of these people.'" But that was just the beginning: Along with fifteen or more of her own paintings, Melton will introduce more than 100 works by nearly fifty artists. "Some of the other artists in the show are closet artists; they make great works, but they've never shown it before. I wanted to do something bigger, something besides the standard art show."
Our Neighbors, Ourselves opens today, with a First Friday reception following from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow evening; see the show through January 20 at CORE, 900 Santa Fe Drive. All proceeds benefit PWM; for more information, go to www.carmenmelton.com or visit www.projectworthmore.org.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 3. Continues through Jan. 20, 2013