Melissa Scherrer Paré doesn’t just wield a paintbrush to create art; she uses a laser cutter as well. Her artwork emerges in the form of jewelry, wall art and home goods.
Hatch Art House, 1248 Williamson St., is showcasing Paré’s work until the end of May. She has exhibited nationwide at shows in Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago and Albuquerque.
Handcrafted in Milwaukee, the pieces are made from natural materials. Paré’s wall art designs are laser-cut and hand-painted wood. Some of the wood jewelry, all made from reclaimed urban wood, is also hand-painted or inlaid with brass.
Eco-minded, Paré closely works with an organization that cuts down and clears away insect-damaged, diseased, or otherwise damaged trees to supply her with material. “The use of locally sourced reclaimed urban wood gives each piece a story and unique geographical history that cannot be duplicated,” she said on her web page.
Using wood as a medium to create functional objects and art pieces is currently Paré’s primary focus. In the past, she produced art using a variety of mediums, notably paintings. She was trained in photography, too.
Paré has established an online business, Moraye, to market her wood art and wooden jewelry, and also sells through Etsy. Her selection includes necklaces, earrings, leather bracelets, wooden wallets, wall art, mobiles, lamps, and a jewelry display.
— Robyn Norton