Northern California Plein Air Painter
Michelle Murphy-Ferguson is a Northern California painter, born in the mill town of Scotia and raised in the Eel Valley town of Fortuna.
She has had a lifelong devotion to the Arts. Her works include landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, and portraits. Whether working in plein aer, or alla prima in her studio, she strives to bring the viewer into reflecting on the world around us.
Inspired by past and present artists, she continues learning and studying, for painting is an ongoing process.
She has studied abroad in France, Germany, Italy and has participated in workshops in Southern California. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally.
Public and Private Commissions:
2003 Private Collection, Aminata Maiga Ka, Dakar, Senegal, Africa
2002 Lamscheid Town Hall, Germany
Plein Air Painting Competitions
2012 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout, Alameda CA
2010 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout, Alameda CA
2009 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout, Alameda CA
2007 Old Monterey Plein Air Painting and Art Promenade, Monterey CA
2006 Turlock Plein Air Competition, Turlock CA
Old Monterey Plein Air Painting and Art Promenade, Monterey CA
2005 Turlock Plein Air Competition, Turlock CA
Juried Group Shows:
2013 MBPAPA Juried Members Show at Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove CA
2012 MBPAPA / Natividad/ TALC, "Field to Fork Show", Salinas CA 2ND Place Award
MBPAPA Juried Members Show held at Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove CA
2011 MBPAPA / Natividad Show, Salinas CA
2010 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale CA Special Award
Humboldt County Fair, Professional-Amatuer Show, Ferndale, CA., Victorian Inn / Silva's Fine Jewelry Special Award
Humboldt County Fair Juried Show, Ferndale, CA. 2004; Dr. Donal McCall Special Award
Humboldt County Fair Juried Show,Ferndale, CA. 2002; 2nd Place Award
Redwood Art Association,Eureka, CA., 2003; Willis and Disiere Award
Redwood Art Association, Eureka, CA. 2002; Humboldt Bank Award
Redwood Art Associaton, Eureka, CA., 2002; The Art Center Award
Galleries and Exhibitions:
The Crown Jewell, Jacksonville, Or.
Artists Ten Gallery, Art of Wine,Eureka, CA.
Art of Wine, RAL Group Show, Eureka, CA.
The Crown Jewel, Ashland, OR.
Gallery One, Grants Pass, OR.
Abraxas, Eureka, CA.
Studio S Gallery, Eureka, CA.
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA.
The Trinidad Art Gallery, Trinidad, CA.
Body Works, Fortuna, CA.
Studio S Gallery, Eureka, CA.
Watertower Gallery, Eureka, CA.
Humboldt's Finest, Eureka, CA.
Cody's Gallery, Eureka, CA.
Sensation's Gallery, Eureka, CA.
The Irish Shop, Eureka, CA.
Oh, Behave, Ashland, OR.
Frank's Pottery, Ashland,OR.
The Ship's Inn, Eureka, CA.
Ramone's Baker, Eureka, CA.
321 Coffee, Eureka,CA.
The Crown Jewel, Ashland OR.
The Abraxas, Eureka, CA.
Annie Magnolia, Eureka, CA.
Trinidad Art Gallery, Trinidad, CA.
Fray's Insurance, Eureka, CA.
Wacovia, Eureka, CA.
Continued Study with Brian Blood, Pebble Beach, CA.
Continued Study with George Strickland, Laguna Beach, CA.
Continued Study with Stock Schlueter, Eureka, CA.
Continued Study of Portraiture, at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
Countinued Study at the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
The Humboldt Beacon "Michelle Murphy-Ferguson, An Artist Among Us" Oct.14, 2004
California Art Club - Associate Artist
Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association - Artist Member
Oil Painters of America - Associate Artist
Redwood Art Association - Artist Member
Representational Art League - Artist Member
Humboldt Arts Council - Artist Member
The Ink People for the Arts - Past Artist Member
Workshops: The Art Center Building Studios, 207 G st. Eureka, CA.
Call for more info. 707-768-3421
Photographs of Paintings
by Chris Wisner, www.ecwisner.com