Melissa Perhamus

Melissa Perhamus

Easton, PA, United States

About Melissa Perhamus

My current works in the "imaginary landscapes of organic memory" series, are created through a process of direct interaction with each piece as they develop. Each piece starts with a drawing which I see as the bones or structure of the piece and from there a dialogue begins. Through a combination of choices, chances and reactions, layer upon layer builds the landscape. I see the process similar to how we develop through our lives with each layer representing experiences built upon previous ones, all which shape who we become.

I call upon shapes and textures which I have experienced from nature, which have become part of my soul and where I find peace and safety from the man-made conflicts of day to day living. These imagined landscapes have a surreal element which challenges the viewer yet are also filled with a comfortable familiarity which connects and welcomes.


B.A. SUNY Potsdam, NY (1991)
Colleges of Ripon and York St. John, England (semester abroad)
St. Lawrence University, NY (Education concentration)


Select Exhibitions and Notables

"Warmth Beyond the Hills" ArtPOP Street Gallery Billboard Juror's winner

"More", solo exhibit, Gallery 415,
"Mergence", Solo exhibit, Dutot Museum and Gallery, Delaware Water Gap, PA
2-person Show, Lebanon Picture Frame & Fine Art Gallery, Lebanon, PA
"Where You Land", 2-person exhibit, Jewish Community Center Gallery, Allentown, PA
Slow Art Day, International Art Experience Event, EastonBethlehem, Fountain Hill, PA (3 locations)
Mergence, solo show, Dutot Museum, Delaware Water Gap, PA
A World in Transposed Transition - An Interactive environment experience, solo exhibit/installation, Catasaqua, PA

Resident Artist, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
Teaching Artist, Art Establishment, Fountain Hill, PA
Slow Art Day, International Art Experience Event, Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA
“A Bunch Of Bananas”, group invitational show, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
Connexions Gallery Seasonal Invitational Show, Easton, PA
Group Exhibit, BrewWorks, Allentown, PA

Visiting Artist, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
ACE Fall Juried Show, State Theater, Easton, PA
Connexions Gallery - Summer Invitational Show, Easton, PA
"Perspectives" - group show, Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA
Connexions Gallery - Spring and Summer Invitational Shows, Easton, PA
"Upcycled Masterpieces" - Quadrant Gallery C (Book Mart) - juried group show, Easton, PA

Visiting Artist - Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
Holiday/Winter Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
ACE Member Show - State Theater Gallery, Easton, PA
“Duets” - New Bridge Collaborative Group Show, Allentown, PA
Fall Invitational Group Exhibition - Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
“Sketch to the Piece” Invitational Group Show, ArtWork, Allentown, PA
New Bridge Summer Group Show - Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Summer Invitational Group Show - Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
ACE Spring Juried Group Show - Sigal Museum, Easton, PA
Spring Invitational Group Show - Connexxions Gallery, Easton PA

Winter Invitational Group Show - Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
Solo Exhibit - Eagle’s Nest Gallery, Nazareth, PA
Just Around the Corner, Easton, PA
“Art For Everyone”, Art Auction - Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Allentown, PA
“Exploring Our Sustainable Future Through Humor, Fantasy, Wit & Wisdom” Juried Group Show - Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA
Heritage Day, Easton, PA
12”x12”x12” ACE Small Works Exhibition - LaDuca Gallery, Easton, PA
Solo Exhibit - Civic Theater514, Allentown, PA

2011 -
Lehigh Valley Arts Council “Art for Everyone” art auction/fundraiser, Allentown, PA

The Good Earth: Flora & Fanua, a multiple-artist exhibit; Boght Art Center, Cohoes, NY
Lehigh Valley Art Council's Artist of the Month for March & April
ACE Medium Works Show, State Theater, Easton, PA
Invitational Show, Abbey Hill Gallery College Hill, Easton, PA
“Butterflys Outside of the Box”, Juried Exhibition, ClayWorks, Easton, PA

2009 - 1997
2-Person Show; Boght Art Center, Cohoes, NY
“Women of ACE–The Green Movement” ACE Juried Group Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton
Lehigh Art Alliance Annual Fall Juried Exhibition, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
ACE Juried Group Exhibition, State Theater, Easton, PA
Double Dutch Antiques, Red Bank, NJ
Annual Juried Group Show, Red Bank, NJ
Solo Show, South Brunswick Library, NJ
Solo Show, Circle Playhouse, Piscataway, NJ
Avy Awards “Best Set” Nomination for All My Sons, NJ
Annual Juried Group Show, Gibson Gallery, Potsdam, NY
NY State Olympics of the Visual Arts, 2nd Place Award
Juried Group Exhibition, The College of St Rose, Albany, NY
“Works on Paper II” Juried Group Show, Purchase Award Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY

Feature Article - Style of Lehigh Valley, March 2014
Guest Artist Channel 69 WFMZ “Sunrise”, regarding LVAC Art For Everyone Art Auction, 2011
Artwork featured in “Pond Blooms Into Park” AMEC, Inc.’s Newsletter, 2006
Feature Article, Sentinel, NJ, 12/9/1993
Feature Article, The Star Ledger, NJ, 12/23/1993
Interview on Storer Cable’s “Bonus” segment, NJ, 1994