Artist Melany Terranova Always Takes Visitors to The Farm at South Mountain

Katie Walter
Artist Melany Terranova

Best of Phoenix hits newsstands Sept. 26. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Melany Terranova.

Painter and mixed media artist Melany Terranova is known for her vigorous exploration of color and thought-provoking paintings. Though she is largely self taught, she has studied at the New York Studio School, Scottsdale Community College, and the Scottsdale Artist's School. When she returned to Phoenix from New York a few years ago, she was afraid she would miss the big city. Instead, Terranova says she came back with a renewed appreciation for her home state. This appreciation was only fueled by the developments being made in the arts community.

See also: Hot Plate! Best of Phoenix Commemorative Collaboration Opens Oct. 4 at R. Pela Gallery

Katie Walter
Terranova's studio

Over the years, Terranova has spent much of her time in the Scottsdale and Phoenix art communities. She comes from a long line of artistically talented family members. Her earliest memories of creating art come from when she was a child, coloring Easter eggs with her family using a wax and dye process.

Terranova has published two children's books and displayed her art in a variety of locations from New York City to Tempe.

What is your earliest memory of Phoenix?
July, 1981. My husband Al was considering relocating his business to Phoenix from the tri-state area. He flew me into Phoenix with our son Greg. The moment I got off the plane, I felt I had "come home." We stayed at Pointe at South Mountain. That did it. How could we not fall in love with the colors of the sky at 4:30 AM, the hospitality at the Pointe and everything else Arizona offered!! It is hard to imagine 32 years have passed so quickly.

Location Info

The Farm at South Mountain

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Scottsdale Community College

9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Scottsdale Artists' School

3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ

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R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

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