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About

Michelle Iglesias, Contemporary artist and art instructor

Artist Statement

As an active member of the National Association of Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, American Artists Professional League and the Berkshire Art Association, I am a self-taught artist who first took to painting for its therapeutic values after being diagnosed with cancer. My passion and perseverance have led me to become a nationally recognized award-winning artist, art instructor, and successful business owner of Berkshire Paint and Sip My recent work has been inspired by the art classes and workshops that I've been instructing.  My students have a thirst for learning basic painting techniques, as well as, exploring many different subject matters and painting styles that I guide them through. In the process of my lessons I find solace in creating my own pieces that encapsulate the lessons I impart on my students.  I am ever conveying the importance of using your personal life with its poignant moments, it’s effervescent people, and its vision of grandeur, to produce artwork that is meaningful, of the highest quality, and will grab the viewers interest and attention.  

My work continues to be influenced by my interest in family connections, nature, traveling and the exotic lure of successfully executing a challenging painting technique.  These works consist of the tumultuous dimensions that nature offers, portraits with personalities, and engaging landscape compositions.  My paintings invite viewer involvement and have been described as insightful, symbolic, and clarifying.

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Biography

Born in 1972 in Blandford, MA, USA, currently residing in Dalton, MA, USA, Michelle Iglesias entered into the art scene in 2002 when she opened “Piece of My Art Gallery and Frame Shop” in Westfield, MA.  Her strong business skills, love for art, and custom framing background gave her the confidence to start her art career.  Two years after opening the gallery she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 which led her to pick up her own paint brush for the first time, at which point she discovered the therapeutic value of creating art and continued on this path.  Since then she has been showing her work regularly in group and solo exhibitions and her work is included in a variety of private collections. Currently she is an Art Instructor and Owner of Berkshire Paint and Sip, Pittsfield, MA.

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Related Professional Experience

  • 2012-Present Berkshire Paint and Sip, Owner and Art Instructor

  • 2012-Present Ongoing instructor for beginner to advanced acrylic and oil workshops throughout MA, NY, CT

  • 2015 “Advanced Painting Pet Portraits with Acrylics”, Art Instructor, Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT

  • 2015 “Still Life Painting with Acrylics”, Art Instructor, Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT

  • 2015 “Landscape Painting with Acrylics”, Art Instructor, Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT

  • 2004-2008 Piece of My Art Gallery and Framing – Owner, Artist, Framer

  • 2004-2008 Westfield Arts on the Green (arts festival for local artisans), Co-founder and Organizer

Education - primarily self taught

  • 2014 “Oil painting Animals”, webcast, Nolan Clark

  • 2013 Still-life workshop, Art New England at Bennington College, Bennington, VT

  • 2011 Master Class in Painting Composition, The National Academy School, New York, NY

  • 2007 Landscape Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, Marjorie Portnow

Exhibitions

  • Ongoing 2015 to Present - solo exhibition in M. Iglesias Art Gallery - Pittsfield, MA

  • 2018 12x12 Flash Art Exhibit - DM Hunt Library, Falls Village, CT - group exhibit

  • 2018 National Association of Women Artists - Rubin Museum and NAWA Gallery - group exhibit

  • 2018 American Artist Professional League, Salmagundi Club - group juried

  • 2018 Melbourne Gallery, Pittsfield, MA - solo exhibit

  • 2018 Forty Shades of Green - Leichtenstein Galler, Pittsfield, MA - group juried

  • 2018 Forced Perspective - DM Hunt Library, Falls Village, CT - solo exhibit

  • 2018 New Art in an Old Building - Model Farm, Dalton, MA - group juried

  • 2017 12x12 Flash Art Exhibit - DM Hunt Library, Falls Village, CT - group exhibit

  • 2015 Mass Mutual Convention Center, Springfield, MA - "A Walk Through Western MA", group juried

  • 2014 Liechtenstein Gallery, Pittsfield, MA – “Pop-Up Art Show”, group juried

  • 2002-2014 Piece of My Art Gallery, Westfield, MA – more than 20 solo and group exhibits

  • 2013 Canal Gallery, Holyoke, MA – “Views of Holyoke”, juried group

  • 2012 Easthampton City Arts Gallery, Easthampton, MA – “Hidden/Private Side of Artists”, group juried

  • 2010 Grubbs Gallery, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA – “Still Life’s & Portraits”, group

  • 2008 Woronoco Savings Bank, Westfield, MA – lobby exhibit, solo

  • 2006 L’Uva Restaurant, Main St, Springfield, MA – “Abstract Landscape Embrace”, solo

  • 2008 Tea Pot Art Gallery, Westifeld, MA – “Imagination”, solo

  • 2006 Atkins Farms, Hadley, MA – “European Adventure”, solo

  • 2005 Black Dog Art Gallery, Westfield, MA – “Pioneer Valley Landscapes” – group juried

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 Artavita 29th International Online Art Contest - Finalist - Certificate of Excellence

  • 2017 F+W Media, Inc and North Light Books - contest winner - AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values

  • 2017 Artists Magazine Annual Competition - Finalist in Animal Category

  • 2017 Circle Quarterly Magazine Contest - Finalist

  • 2017 Artist's Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition - Finalist in Animal/Wildlife category

  • 2011 “Breast Cancer Awareness” Art Contest, Fine Art America - 3rd place

  • 2011 “Animals of the Wild” Art Contest, Fine Art America – 1st place

  • 2011 “Most Emotional Cancer Painting” Art Contest, Fine Art America – 1st and 3rd place

  • 2011 “A Tribute To” Art Contest, Fine Art America – 3rd place

  • 2006 Blandford Fair Annual Art Show, Blandford, MA - Fine Art Photography Award

  • 2004 Westfield Arts on the Green, Westfield, MA - Best in Show, Acrylic Painting

 
Publications as Author

  • 2009 “The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Daily Quote Book”, Co-Author, First Edition, pages 162, Lulu Press

  • 2009 “Feeling Pink”, Co-Author, collection of quotes, paperback, 169 pages, Lulu Press

  • 2008 “Please Take My Kids”, Co-Author and Cover Illustration, paperback, 114 pages, Lulu Press

  • 2008 “Oh Baby, I’m Having a Baby!”, Co-Author and Cover Illustration, paperback, 143 pages, Lulu Press

  • 2007 “Still Beautiful”, Co-Author and Photographer, collection of black and white photographs of breast cancer survivors, their scars, and their stories or strength, hardcover, 53 pages, Lulu Press

 
Bibliography

  • 2018 "AcrylicWorks 5 " book contributor, published by North Light Shop, product of F & W Media

  • 2014 “Pop Up Art”, Discover Pittsfield, http://www.discoverpittsfield.com/popupart

  • 2012 World Wide Art Books – listed as International Contemporary Master

  • 2011 “A Pulse on the Art Beat”, Arthash, Artist Interview, http://arthash.com/2011/08/artist-interview-michelle-iglesias.html

  • 2007 Arts International Listing – accepted artist

  • 2004 “Westfield Arts on the Green to Feature Works of Local Artisans”, The Reminder, Lori O’Brien,


Professional Affiliations and Website Resources

  • 2018 – Present, Member – National Association of Women Artists

  • 2017 – Present, Member – Oil Painters of America

  • 2017 – Present, Member – American Artist Professional League

  • 2017 – Present, Member – Allied Artist of America

  • 2014 – Present, Member – Berkshire Art Association, Pittsfield, MA

  • 2011 – Present, Member – Artavita, www.artavita.com

  • 2011 – Present, Member – iFreelance.com

  • 2010 – Present, Member – Artist Daily, www.artistdaily.com

  • 2009 – Present, Member – Fine Art America, www.fineartamerica.com

  • 2009 – Present, Member – Absolute Arts, www.absolutearts.com

  • 2005 – Present, Personal website – Art by M. Iglesias, www.miglesiasart.com

  • 2003 – 2005 Co-Developer and Member - Westfield on Weekends