Opening Reception October 13, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Melissa Restuccia is currently a high School Art Educator and K-12 Art Department Chairperson at Vestal Central Schools (17 years). Her teaching career has spanned twenty four years in five local school districts. Melissa received a Master’s Degree in Social Science from Binghamton University, Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Marywood University and an Associate's in Fine Arts from Keystone College. She also received a full Presidential Scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she attended for one year.
Her current body of work was sparked by a reconnection with her spiritual roots and the desire to express herself as a painter. In 2015 she was commissioned to restore/replicate a piece called the Batlló Majesty a 12th-century Romanesque polychrome wood carving for a private client. The Batlló commission began her journey into textile patterns which are featured in most of her painting’s backgrounds.
The predominant subject matter of crows, moths and butterflies were born from her need to universally portray humans and their traits / social constructs such as faith, religion, love and humor.
Professionally, Melissa Restuccia has been restorationist and design consultant for the Our Lady of Sorrows Church Vestal, NY (2013- present), Co-Organizer for a retrospective show featuring the works of cartoonist Al Williamson , Marywood Fine Arts Gallery 2010. Was named NYSATA Region 4 Art Educator of the Year 2004. Participant and Organizer of the Vestal Staff Art Show 2003 & 2017. She has had cover illustrations published in Discovery at Your Fingertips Series by Highlights for Children (1992) and 6 issues of Hidden Pictures Magazine 1990-91. She served as an adjunct Professor at Marywood University (1998-2003). This is her first solo show. You can follow her works in progress on Facebook at Gray Cat Restoration.