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Fine Artist Louise Mellon Donates Painting for GPL to Honor “Senator” Glenn Atkinson

April 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – April 9, 2014- The GPL Polotini Party, a celebration held at the Mallet Grille at International Polo Club Palm Beach, officially kicked off The 5th Annual Gay Polo Week. A gathering of members of the GPL, sponsors, friends and family enjoyed an Argentine style asado, music and merrymaking sponsored by Patricia Quick.

Louise Mellon donated her original painting, “Airborne”
as a gift to be presented “Senator” Atkinson for
his role in helping McKenney found the GPL
GPL founder Chip McKenney led a short presentation to thank sponsors and hosts. At the end of his brief speech, McKenney invited Glenn Atkinson to the podium. He explained how Atkinson, fondly referred to as “The Senator,” had introduced him to polo. He said the Senator and his wife and family had supported the founding of GPL and were always there to encourage him forward. Atkinson, once a 3-goal rated player, played well into his seventies. McKenney named the trophy for the feature game of the International Gay Polo Tournament the Senator’s Cup in his honor.
McKenney presents the painting to the Atkinsons

McKenney presented a genuinely touched Atkinson with an original Louise Mellon polo painting called “Airborne.”

“I am so grateful to Louise for the donation of the painting,” said McKenney. “It was such a perfect way for me to honor the Senator. Without Glenn, there would be no GPL. Now in its fifth year, it is growing and growing.”

Louise Mellon’s work is immediately recognizable and primarily features horses, dogs and the equestrian lifestyle. Her brightly colored, vibrant pieces often have a witty or unexpected approach and are created with the intent to amuse.

 

Louise Mellon’s work can be seen on the pages and covers of equestrian and art publications. Her work has been presented at numerous solo and juried shows on the east coast.

 

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

About Louise Mellon Mellon was born to a family
of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, VA, where she rode and drove horses. Mellon’s keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector’s Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, SC, and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon’s unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

 

For more information visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

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Fine Artist Louise Mellon’s Work Inspired by the Sport of Kings

March 08, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – March 5, 2014- Louise Mellon’s work is immediately recognizable. Her work primarily features horses, dogs and the equestrian lifestyle. Often, Mellon’s brightly colored, vibrant pieces have a witty or unexpected approach, and are created with the intent to amuse. She has a large collection of vivid polo pieces, which capture a colorful glimpse into the world of polo, on and off the field.

Rabbits Aren’t the Only Ones by Louise Mellon

“My first pony was a retired polo pony that belonged to my sister,” said Mellon. “I started riding him when I was three. I would disappear to his field, lure him to the fence with handfuls of grass and then would leap onto his back. This happened several times before I was caught. My sister later gave him to me as the best gift ever!”

 

Mellon’s contemporary pieces cover all aspects of polo, from the patience of the referee to the determination of a horse and rider team charging across the field towards the ball.

Under the Neck Shot by Louise Mellon

Louise Mellon grew up in Middleburg, VA where she attended polo games and tailgates at the old Goose Creek field between Middleburg and Upperville. “If the creek was up, the field flooded and there would be no polo that Sunday,” explained Mellon. “It was the era of amateur teams, and many players were fox hunting regulars.”

 

Many of Mellon’s paintings portray the incredible agility of the polo pony, with depictions of high-speed gallops, last second turns and instantaneous stops, all frequent in every chukker of a polo match.

 

“I like to paint polo scenes to spotlight the athleticism of the ponies, the fast pace and the sometimes humorous scenarios,” said Mellon. “I always imagine the ponies grumbling to themselves about knowing how to play the game better than many of their riders. That’s what inspired my “Mare Mumblings” series.”

 

Can I Play Too? by Louise Mellon

Mellon’s inspiration also comes from the sidelines. At one particular polo match, as a player was gearing up to play, his yellow Lab came over, wagging his tail and looking at his owner expectantly. Her piece, “Can I Play, Too?” depicts that amusing scenario.

 

“To me, the dog was clearing saying that he was really good at playing ball and wanted to join in the game,” said Mellon.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

About Louise Mellon Mellon was born to a family
of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, VA, where she rode and drove horses. Mellon’s keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector’s Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, SC, and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon’s unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

 

For more information visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

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For Artist Louise Mellon Dogs Rock!

February 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2014 – Known for her equestrian art often seen on the covers of equine publications, Louise Mellon also has a fun  gallery of canine works. Brightly colored and whimsical, a Mellon painting is full of energy, happiness and humor  and captures the joyful quirks of that unique dog.

Louise Mellon has dog friends of her own, occasionally featured in her pieces.

 

“I am constantly inspired by my dogs’ view of the world,” Melon said. “As dog lovers do, I treat them with love and a great sense of stewardship.

The Shortest Route to Dinner by Louise Mellon

From pedigreed to mixed breeds, Mellon’s works reflect the humorous, fun-loving, mischievous and sensitive nature of dogs.

 

Mellon explained that Corgis are especially known for being eager to get to their dinners.”One evening, I went down the two steps from the kitchen and put Perry’s dish on the floor with her hot on my heels,” Mellon explained. “She dove into her supper with front feet on the floor and hind feet still up on the step. Eating back end uphill didn’t seem to bother her in the least!” Perry’s dinnertime shenanigans inspired Mellon’s piece, The Shortest Route To Dinner.

 

“Dogs quickly learn how to stretch the boundaries to see what they can get away with,” Mellon said. “This is where some of the funniest portrait opportunities play out. Just ask any Jack Russell Terrier owner!”

 

Mellon is entertained by the tricks dogs play on their friends to get what they want.

 

“My Cricket always wants the chew bone that Ruffie has because she thinks it must be better than the one she has,” Mellon said. “She will whine and stare at Ruffie like a hungry lunch patron standing behind an occupied seat to pressure the diner to finish up and leave. Ruffie is immune to this ploy, so Cricket will go get a favorite toy, squeak it enticingly, and when Ruffie comes after the toy, Cricket zooms in for the bone. Tactical strategy at its best!”

Mellon gives a painting lesson to Cricket and Ruffie / Photo courtesy of Louise Mellon

Mellon appreciates how dogs have an innate sensitivity toward observation, taking in subtleties to which humans are oblivious. Their motivation is to bond with us.

 

“They get to know our quirks, expressions and routines better than we might give them credit for,” Mellon said. “Dogs have helped most of us through some very difficult times, even saving our lives in many ways. They certainly have done that for me”.

 

Mellon’s colorful, canine centered portraits portray the connection dogs share with their people, while bringing years of joyful memories of their pets’ unique personalities.

 

To commission a work with Louise Mellon and learn more about the artist, visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

Fine Artist Louise Mellon Has a Different Approach to Commissions

February 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – February 5, 2014 – Louise Mellon is well known for her brightly-colored, impressionist, whimsical and sometimes downright funny art. Mellon’s recognizable work is often seen on the covers and pages of equestrian publications. Hiring Mellon for a commission is a departure from the norm.

 

   Oscar by Louise Mellon


Oscar by Louise Mellon

“Most artists ask for half up front,” Mellon said. “I don’t ask for a deposit. The client has the choice of seeing the work in progress or, if they prefer, to have the work unveiled as a surprise when it is complete. If they love the piece and are completely satisfied, they pay the fee in its entirety at pick up. Their satisfaction is the most important element of the process.”

 

With a Louise Mellon commission, if for some reason the client doesn’t completely love their painting, they have the option to pass on the purchase. The only stipulation is that they agree that Mellon may sell it to another collector if they opt not to buy.

    The Offering by Louise Mellon


The Offering by Louise Mellon

“My style and technique are different than the typical equestrian artist,” said Mellon. “My commission policy allows me the freedom to create really unique, collectable work.”

 

To commission a work with Louise Mellon and learn more about the artist, visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

 

 

 Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone


Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

 

About Louise Mellon Mellon was born to a family

of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, VA, where she rode and drove horses. Mellon’s keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector’s Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, SC, and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon’s unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

 

 

For more information visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

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Fine Artist Louise Mellon Joins Phelps Media Group Family of Clients

January 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – January 22, 2013 – Browsing through Louise Mellon’s portfolio, one would never know what challenges the artist has conquered to bring her brightly-colored, highly recognizable work to life. Mellon is humble and not comfortable discussing her personal bumps in the road.

“Many artists have it so much tougher than I do,” said Mellon. “I have led a really interesting and lucky life, and I feel fortunate to still be here.”

Mellon’s work, often seen on the covers and pages of equestrian publications, is a testament to her positive and enthusiastic approach to life. She prefers to represent the everyday world with high-impact images from an unexpected viewpoint. Often, her paintings will elicit a smile or a chuckle. What you wouldn’t know, unless you know Mellon, is the grit of her character. She is unyielding in her resolve to continue to create her work and bring lightheartedness to those needing a lift.

Let’s Ride Diver Dogs by Louise Mellon  

“My work even makes me laugh and it is a joy to see it do the same for others,” Mellon said.

Mellon grew up riding and driving horses in Middleburg, VA, and has lived in the desert of Arizona and the snowy hills of New Hampshire. On a trip to Maine in 2000, she was a passenger in a carriage driving accident at Acadia National Park. After several years of surgeries and rehabilitation, she went back to school to hone her art skills and get her confidence back. Left with the residual inconvenience of pain and a limited range of motion, the head injury also left  her with a tremor that can make painting a challenge.

“Some days are better than others,” she said. “And my hand will sometimes take an unauthorized departure off the canvas! I just scrape off the errant paint and pick up where I left off.”

Then in 2012, despite being exceptionally healthy, Mellon suffered a stroke that left her right painting arm useless. She once again dove into physical rehabilitation and, over time, succeeded in restoring the use of her arm and hand.

“You just have to see the humor in life,” said Mellon. “It is so easy for any of us to get depressed from all of our blips on the radar screen, but with laughter and encouragement from our friends and supporters, we can sometimes see the irony and accept the randomness of life’s events, and have the courage to forge on.”

Driving Pair by Louise Mellon

Ever determined and positive, she continues to produce a prolific body of work. Mellon lives on an organic farm in Aiken, SC. She designed and built a special two-story studio that can accommodate animal models of all sizes and makes it easier to produce her work. She created various stations on wheels and a framing and shipping area. She had an ingenious lift created to easily move heavy objects without help from others to the top and bottom floors.

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

About Louise Mellon Mellon was born to a family of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, VA, where she rode and drove horses. Mellon’s keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector’s Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, SC, and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon’s unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

 

For more information visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

Images only for use in the context of this press release.

 

Sidelines Magazine Photography & Art Contest

August 17, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Sponsored by Artist Louise Mellon, Two Socks Design, Pony Glam and Sidelines Magazine

The Search is on for Award-Winning Photography & Artwork 

The Sidelines Magazine Photography & Artwork Contest offers four different categories! Please read the directions carefully and pick your category – only one entry per person per category – but you CAN enter more than one category – but only one entry per category! IMPORTANT: In the essay portion of the entry form, please state which category you are entering: 1. Professional Photography; 2. Non-Professional Photography; 3. Artwork, ages 18 and over; or 4. Junior Artwork, ages 17 and under. Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

1.  Professional Photography – All professional photographers are welcome to enter – send in only one photograph. If a professional photographer took a photo of your horse that you would like to use it – the photographer needs to send in the photo! In the essay portion of the entry form, please describe the photo. (The photographer who took the photo is the one who wins the prize, if selected.)

Prize: The winner in the Professional Photography category will win a 2013 Sidelines Magazine Cover. Their photo (or photo decided on between photographer and Sidelines staff) will appear on the cover of Sidelines Magazine during the 2013 calendar year. A great way to get recognition! Look at all of our great covers at www.sidelinesnews.com.

Sidelines Magazine – September 2012
Professional Photographer Wins A Cover Shot!

Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

2.  Non-Professional Photography – This category is open to all non-professional photographers – all ages are allowed to enter. In the essay portion of the entry please describe the photo. Only one photo per person allowed.

Prize: The winner of the Non-Professional Photography category will receive a free painting from artist Louise Mellon.  Louise will paint your horse, dog (or other subject) from a photograph provided by the winner. A wonderful keepsake painting to last a lifetime. Visit Louise’s website at: www.louisemellon.com.

Non-Professional Photography winner gets a painting (of their own animal) by artist Louise Mellon.

Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

3. Artwork, ages 18 and over– All mediums of art are permitted – oil paintings, pen and ink, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal, crayon, marker etc. In the essay portion of the entry form, please describe your art and what type of medium you used.

Prize: The winner of the Artwork category, ages 18 and over will win a gorgeous Two Socks Design Saddle Pad featuring the Sidelines logo. Show off your winning style every time you ride your horse or pony! Visit the Two Socks Design website at:  www.twosocksdesigns.com.

Artwork (ages 18 & up) Winner wins an embroidered Saddle Pad from Two Socks Design – show off your winning style with every ride!

Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

4. Junior Artwork, ages 17 and under – All mediums of art are permitted – oil paintings, pen and ink, water color, pastel, pencil, charcoal, crayon, marker etc. In the essay portion of the entry form, please describe your art and what type of medium you used. Please also tell us your age!

 Prize: The winner of the Artwork category, ages 17 and under will win a prize pack from Pony Glam, a company dedicated to revealing the inner fashionista in every pony and rider. Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/xoxoPG

Junior Artwork winner takes home a prize pack from Pony Glam!

Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

HOW TO ENTER:

 It’s easy to enter the Sidelines Magazine Photography & Art Contest. Upload your photo, or a photo of your artwork, at the link on the Sidelines Magazine website:

http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

The Sidelines Magazine Photography & Art Contest will run August 17 – 31. A panel of judges, selected by Sidelines Magazine, will pick the winners. All photos and artwork submitted may be used on the Sidelines Facebook page, and the winners, as well as other entries, will be included in an upcoming issue!

Special thanks to our sponsors! 

 Louise Mellon, Artist – is an amazing artist with a fun and quirky sense of humor, Louise Mellon’s artwork has been delighting Sidelines Magazine fans for years. Visit her website at www.louisemellon.com.

Two Socks Design – Show off your winning style in every ride with this one-of-a-kind Tuffrider All-Purpose Saddle Pad, beautifully embroidered by Two Socks Designs and featuring the eye-catching Sidelines Magazine logo on both sides. Follow the fun at Two Socks Designs on their Facebook page! www.facebook.com/twosocksdesigns and visit their website at www.twosocksdesigns.com.

Pony Glam – Pony Glam is a company dedicated to revealing the inner fashionista in every pony and rider. Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/xoxoPG.

Sidelines Magazine – Sidelines Magazine is a monthly equestrian magazine. Known as “The People Magazine” of the horse world, Sidelines has been covering the horse industry – including hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, polo, foxhunting and more – for 25 years. Visit www.sidelinesnews.com to learn more about Sidelines.

Don’t forget it’s easy to enter the Sidelines Magazine Photography & Art Contest –upload your photo or artwork at the link on the Sidelines Magazine website:

http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form