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Third Floor Exhibit: Fireworks and Fantasy

a painting of blues browns and yellows fanning from the lower left corner across a turquoise backgroundFebruary 28 - April 29, 2018
Reception Sunday March 18, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Melanie Gruson-Wood
This body of work includes abstract work in acrylics on canvas that are full of colour and energy. My smaller works in acrylics on paper play with a mix of representational and abstract forms. I find that art provides me a way of expressing and working through my feelings. I can start feeling stressed and agitated but painting provides me with a sense of calmness.

Melanie Gruson-Wood is a 31 year-old artist with autism. She has been passionate about art since she was a small child. She has found art a powerful medium to express herself. Her works are primarily abstract paintings in acrylics and they are full of energy and colour. Melanie has participated in art classes throughout the years, more recently with Bianka Guna in 2013 and with Suzanne Metz in 2016-2018 at the
Schwartz/Reisman Centre. Melanie has exhibited and sold her works at art shows benefftting HAADD (Helping Adults with Autism and Developmental Disorders) in 2008, 2012 and 2013. One of her paintings was selected for the Koffer Centre Art exhibit on May 2, 2013. She sold three works at the exhibition of the Arts Mentorship Program at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on June 28, 2017. Melanie also works in
ceramics and stained glass. This is Melanie’s 􀂡rst solo show.

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