Michele Waalkes is a visual artist residing in Ohio. Her photo-based mixed media work has been exhibited in solo, group, and juried shows in Ohio as well as other venues across the country, and also in Italy. Waalkes has also been involved in the design and creation of many large-scale community public art projects.
In addition, Waalkes has curated numerous exhibits in Northeast Ohio including at the Canton Museum of Art, Akron-Canton Airport, Malone University, Kent State University President’s Residence, 2nd April galerie, and many local businesses.
She works regularly in local schools as a teaching artist, using art to teach academics. Waalkes also serves as an adjunct instructor at Malone University.
I love the sense of discovery in traveling near or far, of meandering through new places without necessarily having a specific destination in mind. Unexpectedly finding new settings saturated with history, beauty, and meaning captivates me. I bring my camera as I wander, to capture imagery of a moment in a specific place.
In addition to my own artwork, I have also had the privilege of collaborating with community members on some very meaningful public art projects. A couple of recent projects include:
-Creating a “peace table” with a bullet casing design to serve as a springboard into a dialogue with inner city youth about nonviolent conflict resolution as the students sit around the table,
-Constructing a traveling “healing tree” sculpture for community members to write about recovery from mental illness and addiction projects
Learning Tree Educational Sculpture
Aluminum, fabric, toys, found objects. Early Childhood Resource Center, Canton, OH
Phototransfer on gold leaf on maple panel. 16" x 20"
Healing Tree Sculpture
Steel, aluminum. Traveling sculpture now residing at Rodman Public Library, Alliance, OH.
Digital composition on Arches paper. 8" x 10"
Phototransfer on fibers. Diptych. 13.5" x 76". Mercy Medical Center, Canton, OH.
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