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Mel Prest Solo Exhibition: Lilac Aura Mel Prest, Marigold Ladder, 2016, acrylic on panel, 96 x 12 x 2 inches overall

Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Mel Prest April 7 through May 25, 2017. In this spring exhibition entitled Lilac Aura, Mel Prest will transform the gallery with an installation of abstract paintings related to atmospheric phenomena. This new body of work was sparked by Prest’s residency in upstate New York last spring, during which the nighttime air was filled with the potent fragrance of lilacs, causing the artist’s fascination with night blooming flowers, like lilacs, star jasmine and Victorian box. Prest’s recent paintings, including some of the largest paintings she has made to date, were also inspired by the book Light and Color in the Outdoors by Marcel Minnaert. Being present in nature while cultivating awareness of what surrounds us, a new form of natural observation emerges, where the viewer perceives phenomena not immediately seen, such as fog, or night scenting flowers. In this exhibition, Prest will create an atmosphere evocative of natural phenomena and fragrant flowers, aiming to inspire meditative reflection. About the Artist: Mel Prest is a San Francisco-based artist, curator and teacher. She earned a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland. Prest was awarded artist residencies at the MH deYoung Museum, The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, The Wassaic Artist Residency and Willapa Bay AiR. She was also an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2014, Prest helped create Transmitter, a gallery in Brooklyn, NY where she is a curatorial partner. Her work has been shown nationally, including at The Drawing Center in New York, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC. Prest was recently nominated for the Tosa Studio Award at the Minnesota Street Project. About Chandra Cerrito Contemporary: Established in 2007 as a curatorial project space, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary features exhibitions and site-specific installations that highlight exceptional regional and national artists, with an emphasis on conceptual strength, refined craftsmanship, contemporary vision and art historical relevance.