MELISSA HEFFERLIN studied at the Otis Parsons Art Institute, Los Angeles, California and in St. Petersburg, Leningrad at the Academy of Art under A.A. Mylnikov. She has been a professional, international artist for twenty-five years. She is known for her whimsical still life, portraiture and equestrian imagery in oils and pastels. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Union of Russian Artists St. Petersburg Russia, and the Association of Pastel Painters of Spain. She is a Signature member of Pastel Society of America and has won awards for excellence at NYC’s Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, Salon International, Association of Women Artists, and many others. Her work has been published widely, including Artists Magazine and American Art Collector Magazine. She has work in the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Semens Corporation art collection, the museum of the Russian Academy of Art, Southern University to name a few. Hefferlin’s mediums are oil painting, pastel painting, ink wash and relief painting.
Melissa and her husband, Daud Akhriev maintain a working studio in Chattanooga, TN and the remaining 6 months in Anduloosa, Spain. In conjunction with her opening show, Melissa and her husband Daud Akhriev will present a talk on Education in the Russian Tradition followed by a question and answer period. Daud was born in the former Soviet Union and studied classical painting and drawing for 14 years, graduating with honors from the Repin Institute (Russian Academy of Fine Art) with a mesters degree in fine art. Akhriev is internationally sought after as an instructor for figure and landscape painting and for his monumental work.
The presenation will be held on Friday morning, March 6 from 10-12 o'clock in the Artists Annex. Reservations and a $15 fee are requested. For information or to make a reservation please call the gallery at (912.634.8414.)