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About the Artist

Melene Lovato is an Apache/Navajo jewelry artist and sculptor whose work draws on native designs and inspirations from different tribes across the country. He will attend a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) certification workshop that stands to greatly enhance his current studio practice. A relatively new material, PMC is a highly malleable composite that allows Melene to work in a non-toxic environment and continue his exploration of traditional and contemporary styles.

Having served in the US Army in many countries, Melene began his art practice after retiring from the military in 1983. He has since worked with and taught painting, drawing and sculpture, but has recently focused on refining his unique style of fine art jewelry. He has participated in many exhibitions and showcases including the Gathering of Northwest Carvers.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.