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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:


2013  Frank Bette Pein Air Paintout, Alameda CA

2013  Art in the Garden, Eureka,CA

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 Highland Art Center Gallery, Weaverville, CA.

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.

Continuing Education:


Plein Air Convention and Expo. Monterey, CA.



Plein Air Convention and Expo. Las Vegas, 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



Multi Generational Center,  Newburg Rd. Fortuna, CA. 

Painting lessons


Workshops: The Art Center Building Studios, 207 G st. Eureka, CA.
Call for more info. 707-768-3421

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