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Melissa Woodburn

  • 1075 Calle Empinado, Novato, CA 94949, USA

Studio Information

Special Location Or Visiting Instructions

Take a walk through my pollinator's garden as you enter my studio.

COVID Precautions

About The Artist

Artist Statement

I’m holding my Open Studio IN PERSON inside at my home studio this year.  Come and enjoy a walk through my pollinator’s garden.


I am inspired by using a variety of media to express statements about the rhythms and cycles of living. The creative nature of the universe excites me and I filter this through my lens of female experience. I started working with pine needles in 1996, a direct result of living under some messy long needled pine trees, and added ceramic back into my mix of media in 2001, as a way to personally heal after the violence of 9/11. A chance encounter with two large jack rabbits in my front garden started me on a two year path of sculpting life size hares. Since August, 2019, I have been incorporating these hares into a series of bas relief sculptures of the Major Arcana of my own imagined tarot deck.

Art Medium(s)

Digital Art, Photography, Mixed Media, Ceramics, Pottery, Sculpture, Fiber, Jewelry

Contact Information

Artist Full Name
Contact Email Address

(415) 235-6825

Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

Marin Open Studios
Pop-Up Exhibit
Nov. 29 – TBD in January
#110 Bon Air Center
Greenbrae, CA 94904


ACCI Gallery
1652 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley CA
Open Monday – Saturday: 11am–6pm, Sunday:  12 –5pm


Gallery Route One
Jan. 12 – Feb. 11
Reception Jan. 13, 3 – 5pm
11101 Highway One
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


Falkirk Cultural Center
A Gathering of Color
Jan. 12 – Feb. 16
Opening Reception Jan. 12, 5–8pm
1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA


NLAPW at Villa Marin
Jan. 15 – Apr. 1
Reception Jan. 19, 4:30–5:30pm


Belvedere Tiburon Library
Colors In Art: Voices Soft and Loud
Jan 18, 2024 – March 14, 2024
1501 Tiburon Blvd,
Belvedere Tiburon,  CA 94920


Sausalito Center For The Arts
Bay Area Arts and Crafts
Feb. 15 – Mar. 15
Reception – Feb. 24, 5 – 7:30pm
750 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965


Melissa’s Open Studio
May 4–5, 11am – 5pm
1075 Calle Empinado, Novato 94949



Artists of the Bay Area, Volume 2, Santa Fe, NM, Jen Tough Gallery, 2021

Wild Lands, Santa Fe, NM, Jen Tough Gallery, 2021

Fun Size, Santa Fe, NM, Jen Tough Gallery, 2021

500 Baskets, New York, NY, Lark Books, 2006, p. 203

American Artwork, Berkeley, CA, Alcove Press, 2023, p.187



See How It's Made: Scenes From The Leporid Tarot – The Devil


Open late April to Mid May, 2024
May 4-5 & 11-12, 2024

See You In Our Studios!