The Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix is proud to host exclusive rotating art installations at our location. On April 22, 2016, we will proudly welcome Hermine Philippe-Van Mele for a vernissage and wine & cheese reception.
- Free Admission
- Advanced reservation greatly appreciated, to RSVP, please call our office at (480) 948-0728.
ABOUT THE ARTIST : HERMINE PHILIPPE-VAN MELE
"As a child growing up in Antwerp, Belgium, I was surrounded by art in the form of Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance mansions and many art museums. When I came to the United States in 1966, I started taking watercolor classes in South Bend, Indiana. Later on, I studied watercolors, drawing and art history at the University of Western Connecticut in Danbury, CT. While living in Atlanta, GA, I took classes from Greta Schelke, a well-known watercolorist from the Netherlands, and participated in exhibitions of the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance. After moving to Scottsdale, I took oil painting classes with Hedi Moran, Susan Diehl and Joshua Fallik at the Scottsdale Art School. I exhibited at the Mayo Clinic and the ASU Gammage auditorium several years ago.
I have a preference for the style of the Old Masters of the 17th century, as well as the Impressionistic style of painting. Exploring the interplay of colors, light and shadow fascinates me. Still lives and landscapes have therefore been my mains subject matter. I enjoy painting because every new painting presents a new challenge and a new opportunity to achieve something beautiful. As the French painter Edgar Degas said, "Art is not a matter of what you can see, but what you can make other people see."