Artist Melissa Werpy is a recent transplant to the Alexandria Lakes area. Well known for her mural/decorative painting as well as works in oil, acrylic and pastel, she now focuses on the ceramic arts. Her original creations, thrown on the wheel or hand built, provide a unique ‘canvas’ for works in clay. Her works are “committed to color”—bright colors, playful imagery and local influence play together on her creative surfaces. In all mediums, Melissa is inspired by nature—land and water, floral and garden imagery, lights and shadows. European influence also shows up in her work having spent 7 years living and raising a family in Brussels and Paris. For Melissa, clay has opened up another avenue of creative exploration, offering new ways to express and communicate favorite images and inspirations. In this exhibit at the Lakes Area Theater, the paintings are a backdrop for similarly themed pottery pieces. A long-time resident of the Twin Cities Melissa now has her home and studio on the shores of Lake Miltona.