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Mary MichelBiography: Mary Michel was born in 1921 in Clear Lake, Wisconsin and worked as a fine artist and arts educator in Ventura, California for over 50 years. Known for her bold yet delicate paintings and serigraphs, her signature style was an elegant and refined technique and strong sense of design and color. Her formal education began at the University of Minnesota where she studied fashion design and advertising. The Michel family visited Ventura in 1954 and shortly after made the seaside community their home. Mary Michel completed her education in the arts at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the California Lutheran University. A tremendous asset to the community, Mary volunteered her fine art talents, design skills, artwork and support to help numerous non-profit organizations such as the National Charity League, the Cancer Society, and Project Understanding, to name only a few. She was instrumental in organizing the annual art auction for the Ventura Boys and Girls Club and was founder of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ annual Concours d’art auction. A teacher at Ventura College for twenty years, Mary Michel built a career on discipline, hard work and dedication to the community. Her work can be found in many public and private collections and in the municipal collection of the City of San Buenaventura. We are in process of documenting and recording paintings and serigraph prints done by our mother, Mary Michel. If you have art by her, please contact Chris Michel, or send photographs of the art you have to chrismichel@wildblue.net 503 324 8635. thanks! Country: United States Birthyear: 1921 Galleries: Ventura County Museum of History and Art, Buenaventura Art Association Gallery, Heritage Fine Art Gallery, The Spirit of Haiti Gallery, Rockwell International, New Media Gallery, Aquarius Gallery, Ojai Art Center, Wilbur Gallery, Plums Contemporary Art, Conejo Valley Art Association, Ira Roberts Gallery, Kirvan Bartoszewics Gallery, Perceptions Gallery, and Creative Interiors, California Awards: 1993 Ventura County Commission for Women Arts Award, Interface Organization honoree Media: acrylic, Serigraph, Conte, Oil, Drawing Style: expressionistic, Abstract Subjects: people, portraits and characters, Nature, Landscape, Mother and Child, Floral, Portrait
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