About the Artist

“Painting is something I not only enjoy doing, but something I need to do.  It is a language of color and tone that brings richness to my soul.  It becomes a spiritual act of worship while I marvel at the beauty of Creation.  It is an expression of what I choose to see and process in this world.”

Meet the Artist – 

Melanie Miller Stokes is an artist, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a mother-in- law, a grandmother and a friend. She was born in Macon, Georgia, grew up in Statesboro, graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia and Georgia Southern University where she earned an M.Ed. in Art Education. Retired from 26 years of teaching in Georgia public schools, twenty of those as an Art Teacher, she now pursues her passion for painting in her backyard studio in Thomson, GA and en plein air.


Juried Exhibitions:

  • Solo Exhibit at Sacred Heart Cultural Center – Augusta, GA
    November/December 2017
  • Solo Exhibit at Legends Gallery- May 2016 -Averitt Center for the Arts – Statesboro, GA
  • Lake Country Fine Arts Show 2017 – Artisan’s Village Gallery, Eatonton, GA
  • Women Painter’s of the Southeast 2017 Online Exhibition
  • Coastal Scapes of Glynn Visual Arts 2016 – Saint Simons Island, GA
  • Fort Frederica Exhibit 2016- Glynn Visual Arts – Saint Simons Island, GA
  • Solo Exhibit at Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Offices 2016- Augusta, GA
  • Exhibit of Greater Augusta Arts Council – Augusta Municipal Building
  • Community Gallery of Augusta – 600 Broad Street
  • Kudzu Art Gallery Open Invitational 2014 – Norcross, GA
  • GAEA (GA Art Educators’ Association) Members Juried Art Exhibitions:
    -Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts – Valdosta, GA
    -The Lyndon House – Athens, GA
    -Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, GA
    -Capitol Art Exhibit:  Secretary of State’s Office – Atlanta, GA

Public Art Projects:

  • Painted seven foot guitar (Camellia City Blues) for McTell’s 12 String Strut Public Art Project in Thomson, GA 2015
  • Painted two murals in Long County funded through Grassroots Arts Program grants:
    – designed and directed Chamber of Commerce Historic Timeline Mural on the outside of a building
    – co-painted Long County Senior Adult Center Dining Room Mural – A Look Outside
  • Painted Children at Play on the walls of the Washington-Wilkes Primary School Gym, Washington, GA