Melissa recently moved to the area after spending 20 years in Allegany, NY where she most
recently taught K-12 in Visual Arts at Archbishop Walsh & Southern Tier Catholic school.
Prior to that, she spent 10 years in her business selling art supplies, picture framing, running an art
gallery, and holding classes for adults and children. She developed a Summer Art Camp in
conjunction with the Quick Arts Center on the campus of St. Bonaventure University for ages 6-
12 which gave area children a deep dive into many different kinds of art. Melissa works with
many different mediums, from mixed media to watercolor, alcohol inks to oil painting and
much more. Melissa graduated from JCC with a degree in art and Buffalo State college with a BS
in Design. The beautiful scenery around Chautauqua Lake has become the inspiration for many
new paintings over the last winter. She is a board member of North Shore Arts Alliance and Tri-
County Arts Council, both groups support local artists and bring art to the forefront of the
communities they serve. She loves to teach art skills to children of all ages and watching their
creativity blossom. She is very excited to be able to do this at Infinity and looking forward to
developing new area artists of all ages.