Welcome to my Blog. My adventure in 21st century. - Melanie Hickerson

Tuesday, August 31, 2021


In lieu of a catalog, we put up the website dontshutup2021.com
It has all the statements, images and links to artists websites.plus video interviews with a few of the artists.I suggest you put it on all communications about the show and on your website.

Thursday, August 26, 2021


Tomorrow, August 27th 6 PM at Lydia Street Gallery. STEPHEN BERNARD JONES Zero to Sixty 1200 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas, 78702-1911, United States The artist will be there!

Sunday, August 15, 2021


Conceived in 2019 | Postponed in 2020 because of Covid | Finally coming to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art | Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden | 1000 Richmond Terrace | Staten Island, NY August 21 - December 31, 2021 Opening reception Saturday, August 21, 2021 12-5 pm outdoors in Shinbone Alley Admission free for opening reception
Guest curated by Susan Grabel and Stefany Benson Through interruptions, censure, violence and threatening behavior — both in person and online — women are silenced every day. Don’t Shut Up 2021 provides a platform to ensure that women’s voices are heard and valued. For more informattion and upcoming programs go to dontshutup2021.com and https://snug-harbor.org/newhousecenter/ Artists: Audrey Frank Anastasi, Nancy Azara, Kyra Belan, Marcia Bernstein, Andrea Borsuk, Jo-Ann Brody, Pauline Chernichaw, Regina Corritore, Loren Dann, Anne Drager, Susan Duby, Sharyn Finnegan, Betsey Garand, Laura Gelsomini, Joan Giordano, Carol Goebel, Janet Goldner, Susan Grabel, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Zhen Guo, Melanie Hickerson, robin holder, Leigh Jerome, Carla Rae Johnson, Susan Kaplow, Tania Kravath, Barbara Lubliner, Cynthia Mailman, Virginia Maksymowicz, Ann Marie McDonnell, Marjorie Morrow, Vernita N’Cognita, Ruth Bauer Neustadter, Susan Newmark, Kristi Pfister, Helen Redman, Louise Reiner, Pam Shields, Clarissa Sligh, Linda Stein, Heather Topp, Audrey Ushenko, Doris Vila, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Nancy Quin & Deborah Woodbridge $5 Gallery Admission | $4 Students/Seniors/Members Free for students grades 6-12 with student ID and for all for opening festivities Hours: Fri –Sat, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sun, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Saturday, August 7, 2021


Mona Caron does paintings of weeds. Of those common invasive plants and flowers that just won't give up. Except she paints them 30 stories tall. These marvelous wonders, made large and respectable.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


My painting in this exhibit -
ME, TOO, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30” EXHIBITION DATES : AUGUST 21 - DECEMBER 31, 2021 DON’T SHUT UP is an exhibit organized by Susan Grabel, Ceres Gallery presents a panel discussion and visual presentation of over 50 artists’ works responding to the silencing of women and the raising of women’s voices, #MeToo #NeverthelessShePersisted #DontShutUp. Through interruptions, censure, violence, threatening behavior, both in person and online, women are silenced every day. It’s time to ensure that women’s voices are heard and valued. Sunday September 12, 2021 2:00 pm, Snug Harbor - Margret Sanger and Wonder Woman What does Wonder Woman have in common with feminist icon Margaret Sanger? October 13, 2021 via ZOOM 7:00 pm - Can You Hear Me Now? Spoken word artist Tara Bracco will introduce and present a video of Poetic People Power’s show Can You Hear Me Now? Saturday November 20, 2021 2:00 pm in the G galleries - Don’t Shut Up 2021: Exhibition Tour and Meet the Artists Join guest curators Susan Grabel and Stefany Benson for tours of the exhibition and special insight into the evolution of Don’t Shut Up 2021.

Monday, August 2, 2021


 Draw out ideas. Like writing, the thought takes form in this 3-D world.



Then the hammering out the actual form needs editing and explorations. Each object becomes a teacher. Chasing information to make an image in the world.


Starting with thin watery paint, experiments with color are so very fun. Like musical notes of high and low.








 This is a fairy tale and absolutely real, inside and out.