As part of Arizona’s centennial year, the fourth graders in Beverly Robb’s art class at St. Theresa Catholic School learned about Arizona artist Ed Mell and did an art project based on Mell’s oil paintings of scenes around Arizona, particularly Sedona and Monument Valley.
Mell came to St. Theresa to visit with the fourth graders, showing them pictures of his paintings and sculptures. He also answered their numerous questions about what inspires him and what it is like to be an artist. He said he was very impressed by their Mell-style landscapes in pastel.
Mell, a Phoenix native, is a highly recognized painter of stylized Southwest panoramic landscapes who has won many awards for his work. He was named artist of the year at the Governor's Arts Awards in March. The annual awards are presented by the arts commission, Arizona Citizens for the Arts (a non-profit advocacy group) and the governor's office.
Mell has two paintings at the Phoenix Art Museum and has exhibited his art in numerous museum shows, as well as being featured in many major art publications. His painting depicting Sedona's Cathedral Rock was chosen to be featured on Arizona Centennial Postage Stamp.