Harvest Gallery is pleased to present MELISSA TOWNSEND: “Sing Your Song”


June 18 – July 17

2-4 pm

Harvest Gallery


Wolfville, NS – June 15, 2016 Harvest Gallery is pleased to present “Sing Your Song” – fourteen inspired new paintings by Halifax artist, Melissa Townsend.

For Melissa, this show represents a coming to life, a budding and knowing your identity.  She describes it as an outward blossoming of what’s deep inside.  Sing Your Song is a heart in bloom.”  In this body of work Townsend explores this idea through a menagerie of characters including her signature owls (some festooned with floral fascinators).  But, there are other innocents too – including deer, fox, birds, buffalo and even an Alpaca.  And, there are crowns … Why crowns and fascinators? They are your identity, manifested – “put on your crown, show who you are, your truest self.”  Melissa’s paintings are unquestionably whimsical, fun, light and quirky. However, the work is quite intentional on a deeper emotional and spiritual level.  

Leaving her roots in sunny Alberta, Melissa packed up all of her favourite art supplies in search of creative adventures on Canada’s east coast. In 2005, she graduated with her Degree in Fine Arts from the esteemed NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  In 2012, Nova Scotia Art Bank purchased Melissa’s work for its public working collection. Melissa’s paintings can also be found in important private collections both locally and internationally.

Melissa is committed to producing work packed with promise and hopes to engage the viewer physically, as well as emotionally. The thick brush strokes afford the canvasses a sense of depth and honesty.
  Today Melissa lives with her husband and little boy in Halifax. She spends any free time she can find affectionately with her pencils and paints.

The show opens this Saturday, June 18th at 2:00 pm.  The artist will be in attendance.  You can preview the show at www.harvestgallery.ca.  Work will be available for purchase when the show opens. No holds.


Lynda Macdonald

Harvest Gallery

462 Main St.

Wolfville, NS

(902) 542-7093