Best of Phoenix

Artist Melany Terranova Always Takes Visitors to The Farm at South Mountain

Best of Phoenix hits newsstands Sept. 26. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Melany Terranova.

Painter and mixed media artist Melany Terranova is known for her vigorous exploration of color and thought-provoking paintings. Though she is largely self taught, she has studied at the New York Studio School, Scottsdale Community College, and the Scottsdale Artist's School. When she returned to Phoenix from New York a few years ago, she was afraid she would miss the big city. Instead, Terranova says she came back with a renewed appreciation for her home state. This appreciation was only fueled by the developments being made in the arts community.

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Alexandria Conrad