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Selected Exhibitions 

 

RESIDENCIES & PROJECTS

Collage Artists Residency, Sanquhar, Scotland, September 2022

Ano Asites Artists Residency, Crete, Greece, October 2021

Wildforest Sanctuary, Annapolis, CA, June 2020

Dirty Girls of Lesvos Island Artist in Residence, Lesvos, Greece, June 2018, Summer 2019

Bulbfest, Albany, CA 2019

Joshua Tree Artward Bound Creative Camp for Wayward Girls, Spring 2017 & 2018

Love-In, 2017-2018, San Francisco, CA

I-Park Foundation International Artist-in-Residence, East Haddam, CT April 2016

SOLO SHOWS

Reimagining the Flag, Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA October, November 2022

Reclaimed Room, San Francisco, CA October 29-December 24, 2016

Spark Arts, San Francisco, CA November 2015

Cliche Noe Valley Gallery Shop, San Francisco, CA September 2015

The Club at the Claremont, Berkeley, CA January-February 2012
Art @ the Library, Napa, CA March 2008 
North Berkeley Frame and Gallery, Berkeley, CA March-April 2006
The Club at the Claremont, Berkeley, CA March 2003 
Salmon Graphics Art Gallery, "Everyday Miracles", Berkeley, CA, March 2001
Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA, January 2000 
Galeria Scola, Oakland, CA, June 1997 
Veritas Software Corporate Headquarters, Mountain View, CA, Feb-April 1997 
Berkeley YWCA, Berkeley, CA, March 1997 

Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR, November 1996 
Chico Art Center, Chico, CA, June 1995
El Camino Real Women's Club, San Clemente, CA, October 1994 
St. Francis Foundation, San Francisco, CA, July 1993

 

JURIED & CURATED SHOWS

The de Young Open, San Francisco, CA September 30, 2023-January 7, 2024

Red, White and Blue. What Does it Mean to You?, 6th Street Studios, Gilroy, CA July 2023

Mysterious Landscapes: Secrets of the Vale, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

March 17-May 28, 2023

Seen and Imagined, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, CA February 18-March 18, 2023

The Frayed Stories of Life, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA January 14-February 18, 2023

Traces, Village Theater Art Gallery, Danville, CA January 14-March 12, 2020

Emotional Numbness: The Impact of War on the Human Psyche and Ecosystems, Platform 3, Tehran, Iran, Fall 2020

Art on the Grounds, Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA 2019

Bulbfest 2019, Albany, CA 2019

Art in the Garden, Noe Valley Garden Tour, San Francisco, CA 2019

Earth: An Art Exhibit at the Office of Senator Wiener, San Francisco, CA Sept-Oct, 2018

Jewett Gallery, "Reclaiming Earth", WEAD Exhibition, San Francisco, CA April-June, 2017

June Steingart Gallery, "Murmurations", Oakland, CA December, 2016
Studio 23, "Art for Animals", Alameda, CA September, 2016

Hayes Valley Art Works, "Present Ground", San Francisco, CA September, 2016

Hayes Valley Art Works, "New Quarters", San Francisco, CA June, 2016

Mosser Hotel, San Francisco, CA March-May, 2016

Fort Pop-Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA August 23-24, 2015

Collect, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA October 2014
Silicon Valley Small Works, Vargas Gallery, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA
November-December 2013
50-50 Show III, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA August-October 2011
Arizona Aqueous, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ January 13-March 13, 2011
2010 Bay Area Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA October-November 2010
Mosiacs, ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, CA March-April 2010
Postal: Artist Created Postcards, Garage Gallery, Berkeley, CA January 2010
Beyond Boundaries, Seed Corn Gallery, Berkeley, CA March-June 2009
Valentine Show, Garage Gallery, Berkeley, CA Jan-Feb 2009
Holiday Show, California Modern Gallery, San Francisco, CA December 2005
Pro Arts, "New Visions: Introductions 00", Oakland, CA, July 2000 
Pro Arts, Juried Annual, Oakland, CA, October 1998 
Pro Arts, "New Visions: Introductions 98", Oakland, CA, July 1998
Antioch Lynn House Gallery, "Sports", Antioch, CA, January 1997 
Crocker-Kingsley Biennial Exhibition, Sacramento, CA, May-July 1996
Amsterdam Art, "Golden Acrylics juried exhibition", Berkeley, CA, June 1996
Danville Fine Arts, Danville, CA, July 1994 
Lillian Paley Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, CA, January 1994

 

GROUP SHOWS
New Normal: Learning From the Past to Move Forward Together, China Brotsky Gallery at

    Tides Converge, San Francisco, CA, November 2021-2022

Array, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, December 2013
ArtSpan San Francisco Open Studio, San Francisco, CA, October 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008
Pro Arts Open Studio, Berkeley, CA, June 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998
Bistango Gallery Restaurant, Irvine, CA, June-September 2001 
North Berkeley Frame, "The Flower Show", Berkeley, CA, March 2000
East Bay Women Artists, Montclair, CA, October 2000

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES  

SITE STEWARD, Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco

   A project to activate outdoor space awaiting development.

TEACHING ARTIST, Kids & Art, Burlingame, CA

   Provide art workshops to children with cancer and their care circles to improve

   their well-being. 

FORMER TREASURER/BOARD MEMBER, WEAD (Women Environmental Arts Dialog) 

PRESS

San Francisco Chronicle, "Found Art in Building Supply Store", November 24, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle, "Art Garden Grows in Hidden Hayes Valley Site",  August 5, 2016

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Michelle Echenique is a mixed media, multidisciplinary artist meaning she works in a myriad of ways with an expansive list of materials. Despite the variety of medium, there is a through line in the work via the nature of materials she chooses, which is typically what people throwaway. She revels in the challenge of transforming the familiar and unseen into something new, ideally surprising enough to cause viewers to reconsider “trash”.

 

Using throwaways is key to the work’s impact and intention. She honors the integrity and original purpose of these found materials by making use of the innate histories and forms embedded in each fragment. The process is evolutionary, beginning with cleaning, repairing and prep, then figuring how to build and create a work of art. This deliberate process allows for a message or story to surface organically. In the end something new emerges, a work with hints of the familiar juxtaposed with compelling mystery that invites engagement and scrutiny.

Outside the studio Michelle is a volunteer artist at Hayes Valley Art Works. She is a volunteer teaching artist at Kids & Art. Formerly on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of WEAD, she is a member of WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog) 

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