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Piano Allegro , Oil and transfer on canvas

Rhythms of Still Life

Michele joins 19 other members of her Santa Cruz Oil Painters group to create the Rhythms of Still Life exhibit at the HQ and 5 branches of Santa Cruz County Bank. Michele herself contributed six paintings to the exhibit, which will benefit the Santa Cruz Symphony Society, supporting our local symphony orchestra. Click here to:

view the article published by the
Watsonville Pajaronian


Paint the Parks

Michele coordinated contributions from SCOP members to create the Paint the Parks exhibit at theseveral branches of Santa Cruz County Bank. Michele herself contributed eight paintings to the exhibit. The local paper, the Watsonville Pajaronian, interviewed Michele and published this article.

June Bloom, oil on canvas, 18x24

American Artist Magazine

The jurors and editors of the national magazine American Artist have selected Michele's painting, June Bloom, as a winner in their 2010 cover competition. The July issue of the magazine includes a story about Michele and her process in creating paintings, together with an image of her award-winning painting. The magazine arrived in bookstores in early June! (Collectors of Michele's paintings may contact her for a free copy. Supply is limited, of course.)

Michele's book, Impressions of the Natural World, was republished in July, 2010, in an updated second edition. Email Michele to order direct from her studio, or click the book image to the right to order from the web.

(click image for book preview)
Pepper Pile, 18"x18"
oil on canvas
Michele worked with Karlene Dahlmeier, of Dahlmeier Art Shows, to put together the exhibition Return to the Farmer's Market. Click here to read the review published by the Good Times of Santa Cruz on April 30, 2008. The images in the newspaper are of Michele's paintings Pepper Pile and Wild Salmon.

Wild Salmon, 18"x24"
oil on canvas

Wharf to Wharf 2007
Santa Cruz to Capitola Race

(Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)

Michele Hausman was selected to create the original painting, "Coast to the Finish", for this annual race event which features 15,000 registered runners and entertainment events all along the fantastic 6 mile course along the Pacific coastline. Press has included Michele's painting used as the cover both for the Capitola/Soquel Times and for the Race Day Insert section of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Click here to read the Sentinel's article about Michele, based on their interview of her. Also see the photo of Michele, holding her painting and surrounded by framed posters. (Photo was posted on Flicker by the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper.)

The painting was used in creating the poster for the event, available in both standard edition posters and a high quality Limited Edition version. Giclee reproductions of the painting have also been made. Both posters and giclees are available, and may be purchased through York Gallery and Framing in Santa Cruz.

Thousands of runners from across America and around the globe come to Santa Cruz, California for this annual six-mile race to Capitola-by-the-Sea. Limited to 15,000 runners on a first-come-first-served basis, its field sells out months in advance. For race information see the race website.

"Market Motion"

Michele Hausman joined Jean Thomas as co-curators for an exciting exhibition held at the Pajaro Valley Gallery, with a satellite exhibit at Cabrillo College - Watsonville. Featuring 30 California artists working in a range of media, both 2D and 3D, the exhibition came together as a powerful celebration of 30 years of Farmer's Markets of California. The exhibition was front page news in the county's two largest daily papers (Watsonville Register-Pajaronian and Santa Cruz Sentinel ), and the exhibition drew diverse visitors, from art appreciators and collectors of fine art to school groups being educated on healthful food and healthy lives.

Register-Pajaronian news article
The main exhibit will be on display from March 21 to May 13, at the PVAC Gallery, 37 Sudden Street, Watsonville, CA 95076. An Artist's Reception will be held Sunday March 25, from 1 to 3 PM.

A press release from PVAC described the exhibition as follows:

Gallery art exhibit and satellite events highlight the importance of the land, health, environment, plants, food production, local economy and social gatherings and art.

Watsonville, CA, March 12, 2007 - The Pajaro Valley Art Council’s (PVAC) exhibition, “Market Motion: Art of the Santa Cruz County Farmers Markets” marks the 30th anniversary of the Santa Cruz County’s local Farmer’s Market phenomenon. PVAC celebrates three decades of local farmer's markets with an art exhibit at their gallery in Watsonville, a children’s art experience at the Watsonville Farmers’ Market, an adult art exhibit at the Cabrillo Farmers’ Market in Watsonville, and a special art installation at Cabrillo College’s Watsonville campus.  Juried by George Rivera, director of San Jose’s Triton Museum, the exhibit will feature paintings and sculptures by regional artists depicting this exciting place and its many unique experiences.  Educational materials for children are provided during the exhibits and a selection of 12 paintings of fruits and vegetables will be auctioned by silent bid to help support the mission of PVAC: “bringing the community together through the arts.”

For more info call 831-722-3062 or visit www.pvarts.org

Public Art commission: Michele was commissioned to create a painting for the City of Santa Cruz, as part of a public arts project placing art for public enjoyment in and on facilities of the City. The painting, County's Bounty, was created on a traffic box, and was installed at the corner of Soquel Avenue and Frederick Street in the spring of 2007. 

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