Facets amd Faces of New Mexico

I'm very pleased to report that my paintings "Late Day" and "January Light" have been accepted into Socorro's beautiful Vertu Fine Arts Gallery 2015 juried show here in New Mexico. The exhibit opens Friday, September 4, 2015 with a catered artists reception and continues through October 4. The gallery website is: https://vertuarts.com.


American Plains Artists Show August 7 - October 24, 2015

I'm very pleased to report that my pastel, "Forecast: Imminent", has been accepted into the American Plains Artists 30th Annual Juried Exhibit: Art of the Plains, hosted by the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Tom Tierney, Co-Publisher of Art of the West magazine is the Awards Juror. I will be on the East Coast painting at Block Island and unfortunately miss the opening, but I know the show will be gorgeous--it always is!

"Forecast: Imminent"


Ghost Town Remains: Things and Art

A new gallery in Hillsboro opened July 1st, evocatively named Ghost Town Remains because Hillsboro, despite its thriving population of 150, is listed as a ghost town in several tourist publications. "Celebrating Hillsboro," 9 pastels that I'm currently showing at the gallery, joins the work of several excellent local artists, alongside the owner's wide collection of antique cameras and other collectibles. Stop by if you're in Hillsboro--it's an engaging, unique shop.

PS: The owner jokingly posted his hand-lettered "open for bidness" sign as artists were hanging their work. Let it be known: Ghost Town Remains IS open for business!


MasterWorks Honor

"Grass Dam" received the Pastel Honorable Mention award at MasterWorks in Albuquerque at the opening reception on April 3, 2015. This was my first time exhibiting at MasterWorks, an annual juried show which features a fabulous collection of Pastel, Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil and Miniature paintings done exclusively by New Mexican artists. The art was impressive, the crowd was enthusiastic, the refreshments excellent. I urge any and all who will be in Albuquerque sometime between April 3 and April 25 to stop in at the Hispanic Arts Gallery at EXPO New Mexico at 300 San Pedro Drive NE between Central and Lomas. You won't be disappointed.

MasterWorks 2015 in Albuquerque NM

I was delighted to have two of my paintings juried into the MasterWorks of New Mexico show this year. After judging and the awarding of prizes and ribbons, MasterWorks displays artworks together from four separately juried shows (Pastel Society of New Mexico, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Rio Grande Art Association and Miniature Arts Bardean), creating one amazing show. My plein air painting "Last Glow" shown below will be on exhibit, as well as my studio pastel called "Grass Dam." The exhibit opens April 4 and runs through April 25, 2015, at Expo NM's Hispanic Arts Gallery in Albuquerque.

"Last Glow"

"Meet Your Neighbor" 

An informal presentation, video premiere and 2-month exhibition of my new pastel work was presented to a standing room only crowd at Black Range Vineyard (wine tasting room) in Hillsboro, NM on June 8, 2014. It was an opportunity to share stories of my family, life, and passion for art with friends and neighbors. We all had a great time!


"Rainbow Rocks"

Plein Air Video Interview

The Black Range Rag, a website devoted to the full range of Natural and Cultural History in the Black Range area of New Mexico where I live, includes various blogs, photographs, and videos of people, places and the natural world. It's one of the finest place-based websites I've ever seen, masterfully constructed, maintained and edited by Bob Barnes of Hillsboro. Bob created a 28-minute video interview of me while out painting the pastel shown above. We were west of Hillsboro along the road to Kingston next to Percha Creek in a beautiful area where I've painted several times. To view the video, go to www.blackrange.org and see the Home on the Free Range Blog page for Sunday, June 8, 2014, or simply go to  https://vimeo.com/96217968.

Award of Excellence!

Silver Fire Sunset won an Award of Excellence at the American Plains Artists 29th Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale opening! This award means a lot to me—the American Plains Artists organization is a group of not only talented, but extremely nice people, and I enjoy continuing to be a part of this show each year. My sincere thanks goes out to Tony Eubanks, Judge of Awards, and Western Art & Architecture and Cowboys & Indians magazines, who sponsored the award.

American Plains Artists Show in Kerrville

I’m pleased to announce that my painting, Silver Fire Sunset, has been accepted into the American Plains Artists 29th Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale, being held in Kerrville, TX, this year at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. The show begins February 6 and runs to March 2, with the artists’ opening scheduled for Saturday, February 8 from 1 to 3 pm.

I’m honored to be included, for the third year in a row, in this fine show. If you happen to be in the Kerrville or Austin area, please plan to see the exhibit! The show is viewable online at http://www.americanplainsartists.com



"Silver Fire Sunset"



Lots of Shows! (2013)

I spent most of the first half of this year working on 20 new paintings for several shows here in New Mexico. In reverse order

KINGSTON: “Common Ground” group show at the Percha Bank Museum and Gallery, opening August 30, 2013.

DEMING: Black Range Artists Annual Exhibition at Deming Art Center, August 4-24, 2013.

KINGSTON: Group show to celebrate the grand opening of the historic Percha Bank Museum and Gallery, May 24-August 25, 2013.

ALBUQUERQUE: “Favorite Places,” two-person show of plein air work at Purple Sage Galeria in Albuquerque Old Town, May 17-27, 2013.

DEMING: “Hillsboro Connection,” group show at Deming Art Center, May 3-30, 2013.

Mesquite, 9 X 12 plein air pastel, Purple Sage Galleria


Pigments of Our Imagination, November 2012

On November 2nd, a two-person show of pastels (mine) and photography by my good friend and very talented photographer, Matilde Holzwarth, will open at MVS Studios in downtown Las Cruces, NM. The show continues through November. If you’re in the vicinity, stop by for the opening or during the month and meet Kate Mott, owner of MVS, who is guaranteed to make you feel welcome!


Plein Air Painters of NM 2012 Annual Juried Show, October 2012

I was very pleased that two of my plein air paintings, “Rosa Street, Hillsboro” and “Storm Brewing Near Kingston” were juried into this beautiful exhibition, then thrilled that “Storm Brewing…” won a merchandise award from Airfloat Systems, who are makers of sturdy foam-lined boxes designed especially for shipping artwork. Thank you Airfloat Systems!



Tucson’s Mountain Oyster Club Show, November 2012

My painting, “Dappled Morning”, was juried into the Mountain Oyster Club’s 43rd Annual Contemporary Western Art Show and Sale, which opens November 18th and continues until January 5, 2013. I won’t be at the show this year because I’ll be in Oaxaca, Mexico, with my painting gear, my husband, and some great friends from Hillsboro. This show is always an astounding collection of fine paintings and sculpture by both established and emerging artists and I’m honored to be a part of it. You can view the exhibit online at www.MountainOysterClub.com.


Art of the Plains 2012

My painting, “A Morning Waltz,” has been juried into “Art of the Plains 2012,” the American Plains Artists Twenty-eighth Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale, open August 16 – October 14, 2012 at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX. We have a large community of turkey vultures roosting in cottonwoods along Percha Creek here in Hillsboro, and their departure to hunt each morning reminds me of a graceful waltz, gliding and swooping in ever widening spirals, riding the air currents.



Plein Air Painters of NM Annual Paintout May 2012 in Ruidoso, NM

Despite being enveloped in smoke for a couple of days from the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire almost 200 miles away, then buffeted by strong winds for another couple of days, the 2012 7th Annual Paintout and Exhibition of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico in Ruidoso, NM, at the end of May was a wonderful experience and great fun. Several of the plein air paintings I completed that week can be seen in the artwork gallery of this website, as well as in person at Purple Sage Galeria Plein Air Painters Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque. Visit the gallery at www.purplesagegaleria.com.

Seen here: Ruidoso’s Noisy River, a 9x12 plein air pastel (by the way, Ruidoso means “noisy river” in Spanish).





Plein Air Painters of NM Annual Paintout Event in Socorro NM, 2011

A week-long paintout, including a Quick Draw auction and gallery show, was held October 22-29 in and around Socorro, NM, and the surrounding bosque areas, which were in full glorious autumn color. I'm thrilled that my first painting of the week, a 9x12 pastel titled Canyon Contrasts, won Best of Show at the exhibition! It was a fun week, the company of fellow artists was wonderful, and the weather perfect




Mountain Oyster Club Show in Tucson

November 20th is the 42nd Annual Contemporary Western Art Show and Sale in Tucson, AZ, where I will be exhibiting "21 Cents a Gallon," a pastel depicting an actual late-1920s gasoline pump that's located here in Hillsboro--very fun to paint!

Use the following link to preview the entire show: http://www.mountainoysterclub.com/index.php?page=showInfo

"21 cents a Gallon" © Melody Sears 2011


"Small Works" Annual Pastel Society of New Mexico Juried Members' Show

My 5x7 pastel, "Rio Morning," will be exhibited in the PSNM Members' Show from November 4 - 27 in Albuquerque's Hispanic Arts Center, EXPO NM.


Taos in September 2011

I will be exhibiting "A Sibleys Morning" at this year's Plein Air Painters of New Mexico annual members' juried show, "Land and Light." The show opens on September 17 and runs until October 9 at the beautiful Millicent Rogers Museum. The Sibleys range of desert mountains grabs me absolutely every time I drive south of Hillsboro on Highway 27, whatever the time of day. I love these mountains and I love to paint them!


American Plains Artists Show in September 2011

I’m quite excited that my painting, "Summer Rains Were Good", will be exhibited at “Art of the Plains 2011”, the 27th Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale of the American Plains Artists Association, to be held September 9-October 30, 2011 in Las Cruces, NM, at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. This entire beautiful show is available for viewing at www.americanplainsartists.com. And if you find a painting you can’t live without, but can’t attend the show in person, please contact Marvin Stevenson, Treasurer of APA, at 40 Prestwick, Odessa TX 79762 or by phone at 432-362-8922.

I hope to see you in Las Cruces at the opening reception on the evening of September 8!

"Summer Rains were Good" © Melody Sears 2011


Roswell in August 2011

The 28th Annual Juried Art Show presented by the Roswell Fine Arts League and the New Mexico Miniature Arts Society has accepted four of my paintings for exhibit from August 18-28 at the Roswell Museum and Art Center in Roswell, NM. I’ve heard many good things about this event over the years, so I’m very pleased to be participating in, as well as attending, the show. The paintings I’ll be exhibiting are: "Madrugada Mists", "Dappled Creek", "The Sentinel", and "Dappled Morning" (pictured here).

"Dappled Morning"© Melody Sears 2011


March 2011

On March 19th, I will be exhibiting new work as part of a group show at The Cutter Gallery in Las Cruces, NM.



"Animas Creek Pond" © Melody Sears 2010

October 2010

I'm excited to report that my pastel painting "Animas Creek Pond" was accepted into "The Spirit of Place" Show, the annual juried exhibition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, running from October 9 - November 14, 2010 at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM. I urge you to stop by and see this exceptional exhibition if you are in the vicinity of Taos.


Also starting in October I'm exhibiting two paintings--"Mudbank on the Rio Grande" and "The Sentinel"--at the Tucson Pastel Society's Exhibition and Sale for SAAVI, the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired. Show dates run from October 21, 2010 to January 5, 2011 at the SAAVI Gallery, 3767 E. Grant Road, Tucson AZ 85716, phone 520-881-4313. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 am until 4 pm. This exhibit is a fundraiser for SAAVI, a non-profit agency serving visually impaired adults by promoting independence to enhance their quality of life through programs offering services, skills training and social and recreational opportunities. Please note that 20% of all sales from this show will be donated to SAAVI. I hope you can stop by the exhibit if you're in Tucson.




July 2010

As of July 2010, I am pleased that my landscape pastels are now represented by the Cutter Gallery in Las Cruces, NM. If in the area, please stop by to see Glenn and Sally Cutter's exquisite gallery of fine art, antiques and jewelry at the corner of El Paseo and University Blvd. It's well worth a visit! Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, Las Cruces, NM 88001. 575-541-0658.

Also as of July 2010, I am a member of the recently formed Tucson Pastel Society. I will soon report here on upcoming news of several exciting exhibitions planned by this active group of pastel artists. Their website is www.tucsonpastelsociety.com




Happy New Year!

2010 is already busy in my studio as I prepare new work for submission to several national exhibitions. My November 2009 show, "A Hillsboro Year," featuring landscapes in pastel of scenes around the Hillsboro, NM, area, was a huge success, well-attended and very nearly a sell-out show. Look for new work on my website's gallery page in upcoming weeks.


“A Hillsboro Year”   One-Woman Show at Percha Creek Traders, November 14th, 2009 .

The artwork of Melody Sears will be featured in a one-woman show of paintings at Percha Creek Traders in Hillsboro NM from November 14 through December 6.  “A Hillsboro Year” depicts local scenes, moods and seasons through the medium of pastel, revealing the beauty of this historic mining town located at the foot of the Gila National Forest.   The artist’s reception is Saturday, November 14, noon to 4 pm.


"Spring Storm" © Melody Sears 2009



“A Hillsboro Year 2010 Calendar” Features Pastels by Melody Sears.

In conjunction with the exhibition and sale at Percha Creek Traders, Melody has created gift wall calendars for 2010 titled “A Hillsboro Year” that showcase paintings displayed in the show. This 8.5 x 11 inch calendar, each one signed by the artist, is available for $20 at Percha Creek Traders in Hillsboro NM or through the artist. Email orders to: melody@melodysears.com. Or visit Percha Creek Traders on Highway 152 in historic downtown Hillsboro, NM,      www.perchacreektraders.com.





Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Western Art Show and Sale, Nov. 21-Jan.2.

Melody’s painting, Arroyo, a 10 x 16 pastel, has been juried into Tucson’s Mountain Oyster Club Western Art Show and Sale, to be exhibited November 21, 2009 – January 2, 2010.

"Arroyo" © 2009 Melody Sears

The Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Western Art Show and Sale began in 1970 as an effort to help little-appreciated (at the time) Western artists sell their work. The show has grown to display more than four hundred works of over two hundred artists each year with the works of lesser known artists hanging along side well established ones.