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de Young Open at the de Young Museum of Art

September 30, 2023 - January 7, 2024

$01 – $2024

Local Marin- Mill Valley- Artist who has been chosen for the 2nd time to have her artwork featured in the de Young Museum for the de Young Open 2023. Please help support the arts in Marin County!!

I would love to get the word out through Marin Magazine that locals can attend for free on Saturdays, and it would be community building if I and any other Marin Artists could be interviewed for Marin Magazine. I also teach in the public schools, tutor, and have been involved in the community, offering free workshops at the MV Lumber yard during the holidays through Once Around, now closed. For my night job, I also make handmade felted gnomes, mushrooms, acorns, etc., and sell them at TYSE MV, Karl the Store, Sausalito, Wild Fennel, and Novato. I use wool I source from West Marin.

Greetings. My artwork, “Upturned Roots,” was chosen in 2020, and I delivered my piece, Baby Blue, today to the de Young Museum. This work will be on view in #ThedeYoungOpen!

My featured artwork is titled Baby Blue, #147, in the @deyoungmuseum galleries. Learn more about the exhibition by visiting famsf.org.

#ThedeYoungOpen exhibition is open through January 7! Guess what? Bay Area
Residents can view the exhibition for free on Saturdays.

Luminosity and unseen communication drive my work. The elements-earth, air, fire, water, and space- are my muses. They are the matter we are made of.
I create from a place of stillness and allow my work to develop organically.
Baby Blue is a visual response to whales found on Bolinas and Agate Beach and a way to honor and bring awareness to our oceans.
I begin preparing panels with layers of luminous ground, enabling the interplay of light with the silver. The sun’s rays shifting on the panels creates an ever-changing image. Forms emerge and dissolve like ocean waves.



New Exhibition at the de Young features local Marin Artist – Melissa Parhm

A brand new triennial exhibit, the de Young Open 2023, organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, opens later this month. Building on the tremendous success of the inaugural Open in 2020, this juried community art exhibition features submissions from talented artists across nine Bay Area counties. Artworks are hung “salon style,” installed floor to ceiling, and are curated to celebrate the diverse talents of local Bay Area artist communities. The exhibition will spotlight more than 800 works selected from nearly 8,000 submissions. The artists will offer their works for sale and the de Young will also acquire a selection of the artworks for their permanent collection.

Melissa Parhm, a local Marin County resident, will be showcasing her recent work, “Baby Blue,” in this year’s exhibition. Ms. Parhm is a classically trained artist who works in oil, watercolor, metal point, fiber, sculpture, and fresco. Her collective work portrays the depth of her connection to the environment, her spiritual practices, patterns and illumination. Her piece “Upturned Roots” was also featured in the On the Edge themed 2020 Open at the de Young.

To see “Baby Blue” and the work of other acclaimed Bay Area artists, be sure to visit the de Young Open 2023 which is open to the public and runs from September 30, 2023 through January 7, 2024.


September 30
January 7, 2024
$01 – $2024
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