Nancy Melton’s latest art exhibit celebrates children

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Nancy Melton is using a new painting style, but is continuing her career-long practice of using her art to raise money for

good causes.

Melton’s exhibit “Children in Motion” will open tomorrow in the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center.

Proceeds from opening night will be used to provide medical equipment to be used in Papua New Guinea.

More than 40 watercolor paintings will be featured in the exhibit. Most show children at play.

“That’s what I do all the time — I play with my kids. I have 11 and one great-grandchild. They never stop moving,” Melton


“Watercolor is kind of like that. It moves; it doesn’t tell you where it is going to go. I decided it would be a wonderful

subject for a show.”

Melton, a longtime teacher, uses the “pour” technique she learned from painter Lian Quan Zhen on one of his visits to Lake


“I start out with primary colors: yellow, red and blue. When the yellow hits red it will make an orange; yellow and blue makes

green. So the truth is we don’t need any other colors,” she said.

“With watercolor, it has to be pretty; there is no way it can be ugly because paint is beautiful and the colors are beautiful.”

Melton worked mostly with oil paints, but she said that she quickly took to watercolor, telling herself, “This is my medium.”

She is using the show to raise funds for a medical mission in Papua New Guinea.

“My church, St. Andrew Presbyterian, has a missionary couple that works in Papua New Guinea, an island near Australia,” she


“They have a desperate need for medical equipment. They have clinics to help provide care to anyone that needs it there. They

need a fetal Doppler monitor; our goal for the show is to raise enough to buy one.”

The opening reception for the exhibit will be 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center,

1001 Ryan St.

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 4.

For more information or to make a donation, email Melton at or visit