From Minister Poinsett

11.00"W x 14.00"H x 0.3"D

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Melanie Kehoss


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: craft, pop, nature, christmas, flower, holiday, paper-cut, red, green, plant, history, calligraphy, poinsettia

Media: rice paper, cut, gouache

Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.25"D

Year Created: 2017

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Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US minister to Mexico, brought the "Noche Buena" to the United States, where it was named after him. Several of the names for this plant, now a near-global symbol of Christmas, appear, from Latin, to Aztec, to English.

I earned a BA in art at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. For two years I taught foundations art at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, while working on public art in Madison and Milwaukee. I moved to Irvine, CA in 2010, where I worked as a full time artist and member of Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. I currently live in the DC area and teach at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center. I am VP of Membership for the Guild of American Papercutters and founder of Greater Westover Studio Tour. My work has appeared in over ninety solo and group exhibits throughout the country.

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