Contemporary Artist / Art Instructor

Art by M. Iglesias

Michelle Iglesias, Contemporary artist and art instructor

Artist Statement
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 will produce a masterful

piece that they are proud of.  In the process of my lessons I find solace in creating my own

pieces that encapsulate the lessons I impart to 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 exotic landscape compositions.  My paintings invite viewer involvement and have been described as insightful, symbolic, and clarifying.

 
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

 
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
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
2015-Present     Continuous solo exhibition in M. Iglesias Art Gallery - Pittsfield, MA 

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
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
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, http://newsite2.iacl.org/dining/Features/westfieldartsonthe/

Professional Affiliations and Website Resources
2005 – Present,  Personal website – Art by M. Iglesias, www.miglesiasart.com
2014 – Present,  Member – Berkshire Art Association, Pittsfield, MA
2017 – Present,  Member – American Artist Professional League
2017 – Present,  Member – Allied Artist of America

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