• Marc Ellen Hamel

    ABSTRACT OIL PAINTER AND PRINTMAKER
    I grew up in Seattle and  moved to San Francisco over 40 years ago. I studied art at the University of Washington, and have taken numerous classes and workshops, but the greatest teacher is uncharted time working alone in the studio, analyzing what I make, reflecting, going back to work, coming up with a new vision.   My work is abstract;  I am fascinated by the interaction of colors and the physical feel and look of paint. 
    Although oil painting is my main focus, I am also a monotype printmaker.  This medium allows me spontaneity, constant surprises, and a focus on design elements.  My “Leaf Series” is based upon my walks in Noe Valley, where I often pick up leaves to press and save them.  Of course, they eventually found their way into my monotypes!
    I have had my studio at the Hunters Point Shipyard for the past 25 years. I am also a member of Nordic 5 Arts, an organization of professional artists of nordic heritage located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  That website is www.nordic5arts.com.
    
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  • Abstract oil painting, monotype printmaking, collage, drawing
  • University of Washington, Art Minor; University of California, Berkeley.  B.A. in English 1976
  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    2017	City Streets and Rural Paths, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, September
    	Installation of 10 paintings and monotypes at Hanson Bridgett Law Offices, San Francisco, 
    		June - September
    	Urban Scenes/Rural Walks, Think Round Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, May-June
    2015	Paintings and Monotypes, Indian Springs Art Gallery, Calistoga, CA, April-May 
     	Serenity:  In Harmony, UCSF Women’s Health Center, 12 paintings, 5th floor, Jan-April
    2014	Mementos, Hardin Studios, San Francisco, February
    2013	Color in the Abstract, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, July
    2012	Abstract Visions, UCSF Faculty Alumni House, San Francisco, CA
    2009	Abstract Landscapes, Barton Gallery, Sacramento, CA
    	Color on the Wall, Nomad Rugs, San Francisco
    2008	Blue=Water, Yellow=Light, San Mateo City Hall Gallery, San Mateo, CA
    2007	Recollections in Color, Minna Street Gallery, California Institute of Integral Studies, 
    		San Francisco
    Sixteen Abstract Paintings, San Francisco Perinatal Clinic, San Francisco
    New Monotypes, The Body Gallery, San Francisco
    2006	Landscape Abstractions, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
    2004	Paintings from France, Matt’s at the Market Restaurant, Seattle, WA
    2003	Abstract Anomalies, Zyt Gallery, Los Altos, CA
    Twenty Paintings, Mt Zion/UCSF Women’s Health Research Center
    2001	Abstract Paintings, Sharon Park Gallery, Menlo Park, CA 
    
    SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
    2018	The Color Red - Four artworks, Jingletown Art Studios, Oakland, March
    	Nordic Voyage:  a Sense of Place,  a group show of artwork by the artists of Nordic 5 Art, 
    		Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA.  March 
    2017	Runes Revealed: Contemporary Artists Respond to an Ancient Alphabet, Adobe Art
     		Center, Castro Valley,  California. December 2017 - January 13, 2018
    	The Depth of Perception Inaugural reception, Barba Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, CA
    		November-December
    	Crop Up, 3rd Street Village Gallery, San Francisco, June
     
    Marc Ellen Hamel 					page 2
    
    2016	House and Garden, paintings by Marc Ellen Hamel and Kit Cameron, Gallery Sanchez, 
    	Noe Valley Ministry, San Franicsco
    	In the Abstract, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
    	Runes Revealed, Contemporary Artists Respond to an Ancient Alphabet, Scandinavian 
    	Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA
    
    SELECTED GROUP SHOWS (continued)
    2015   Presenting Marc Ellen Hamel and Norma Lewis, two-woman show at Main Street Artists 
    	Gallery, Quincy, CA, September 
    	Runes Revealed, A Mixed-Media Exhibition by Nordic 5 Arts, San Pablo Art Gallery, 
    	June-July. 
    2014 	Runes Revealed, A Mixed-Media Exhibition by Nordic 5 Arts, The Sanchez Art Center, 
    	Pacifica, CA, July-August
    2014	Architecture of the Soul, The Barber Lounge, 854 Folsom St, San Francisco, March-April
    2012  	All-Member Exhibit, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, September and December
    Sin and Redemption, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco
    2011 	Retrospective 4, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, December-January
    	Three Monotype Printmakers, Pierson 20th Century Design, San Mateo, CA
    Voyages of Discovery: Contemporary Work by Nordic 5 Arts, Scandinavian Cultural
     	Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, April – November
    	One Off, Monotype Prints by 4 Bay Area Artists, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, July
    2010 	Voyages of Discovery; Artwork by Nordic 5 Arts, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco
    Bay Area Women Artists, juried by Donna Seager, O’Hanlon Center for the 
    	Arts, Mill Valley, CA,
    THREE:  9 Painters, 3 Paintings Each, Gallery 94124, San Francisco, CA
    Angular and Architectural, 901 Market Street Atrium Gallery, San Francisco
    2009	Working Artist, Artist Working, Video Installation and Exhibit (an SFAC Commission
     “Art in Storefronts” Project), located 4114 3rd Street, San Francisco
    Crossroads, A Group Exhibit of Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, Gallery 94124, 
    	San Francisco
    2007	Summer Fling, Mad River Post, 451 Jackson Street, San Francisco
    The Subject is Color The Art Foundry, Sacramento, CA
    Eight Paintings, Mad River Post, 451 Jackson Street, San Francisco
    2006	The Steel Event at Fort Mason, Conference Center, Fort Mason, San Francisco
     	Is Dada Dead? The O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
    Paint Tube Collages, Forbeadin’ Gallery, San Francisco 
    Primavera, Steel Gallery, San Francisco
    2005	Define: Book, Art Books Press, Seattle, WA
    2004	Rouge, Steel Gallery, San Francisco
    2002	Berkeley Art Center 19th Annual National Juried Competition, Berkeley, CA
    2003	The Holiday Show, Steel Gallery Inaugural Group Show, Steel Gallery, San Francisco
    	
    AWARD 
    1999	Best of Show Award, Gallery Route One Annual Competition, Pt Reyes, CA; 
       Juror: Philip Linhares of the Oakland Art Museum)
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    RESIDENCY
    2006	Ballard Art Works, Seattle, WA; one-week monotype residency 
    
    MEMBERSHIPS
    2012-present	Member and Publicist, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA,
    		 	www.mainstreetartists.net
    2008-present   Member and Co-Coordinator, Nordic 5 Arts, www.Nordic5arts.com  
    2008-2012	Board Member, Shipyard Trust for the Arts (STAR) nonprofit organization
    2009-2012	President of the Board, STAR as above (www.shipyardtrust.org) 
    2008-2011	Founding Member, Art 94124, a grassroots organization promoting arts 
    in the Bayview District of San Francisco
    
    
    TEACHING & VOLUNTEER WORK 
    
    2010-2012	Teaching Artist, Malcolm X Academy Afterschool Program
    2008		Summer Teaching Artist, Think Round Inc Family Art Program, Bayview 
    			Opera House, San Francisco
    2007-2009	Teacher, ArtSeed, An Arts Program for Youth, After School Program at 
    			Leola Havard Child Development Center, San Francisco
    2000		Volunteer Teacher, Children’s Summer Art Program, SF Museum of Modern Art
    1996-2000	Art Group Facilitator, DrawBridge, An Arts Program for Homeless Children,
    		 	San Francisco
    1999		Teaching Artist, Children’s Mural Project, Bayview/Hunters Point, San Francisco
    
    
    COLLECTIONS
    My artwork is represented in private and public collections in the Bay Area, nationally, and in 	France, Germany, and Sweden.  
    Corporate Collections
    	California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco)
    	Kaiser Foundation (Oakland)
    	Neiman Marcus (Walnut Creek)
    	Women’s Health Clinical Research Center of UCSF/Mt. Zion (San Francisco)
    
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  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    2017	City Streets and Rural Paths, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, September
    	Installation of 10 paintings and monotypes at Hanson Bridgett Law Offices, San Francisco, 
    		June - September
    	Urban Scenes/Rural Walks, Think Round Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, May-June
    2015	Paintings and Monotypes, Indian Springs Art Gallery, Calistoga, CA, April-May 
     	Serenity:  In Harmony, UCSF Women’s Health Center, 12 paintings, 5th floor, Jan-April
    2014	Mementos, Hardin Studios, San Francisco, February
    2013	Color in the Abstract, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, July
    2012	Abstract Visions, UCSF Faculty Alumni House, San Francisco, CA
    2009	Abstract Landscapes, Barton Gallery, Sacramento, CA
    	Color on the Wall, Nomad Rugs, San Francisco
    2008	Blue=Water, Yellow=Light, San Mateo City Hall Gallery, San Mateo, CA
    2007	Recollections in Color, Minna Street Gallery, California Institute of Integral Studies, 
    		San Francisco
    Sixteen Abstract Paintings, San Francisco Perinatal Clinic, San Francisco
    New Monotypes, The Body Gallery, San Francisco
    2006	Landscape Abstractions, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
    2004	Paintings from France, Matt’s at the Market Restaurant, Seattle, WA
    2003	Abstract Anomalies, Zyt Gallery, Los Altos, CA
    Twenty Paintings, Mt Zion/UCSF Women’s Health Research Center
    2001	Abstract Paintings, Sharon Park Gallery, Menlo Park, CA 
    
    SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
    2018	The Color Red - Four artworks, Jingletown Art Studios, Oakland, March
    	Nordic Voyage:  a Sense of Place,  a group show of artwork by the artists of Nordic 5 Art, 
    		Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA.  March 
    2017	Runes Revealed: Contemporary Artists Respond to an Ancient Alphabet, Adobe Art
     		Center, Castro Valley,  California. December 2017 - January 13, 2018
    	The Depth of Perception Inaugural reception, Barba Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, CA
    		November-December
    	Crop Up, 3rd Street Village Gallery, San Francisco, June
     
    Marc Ellen Hamel 					page 2
    
    2016	House and Garden, paintings by Marc Ellen Hamel and Kit Cameron, Gallery Sanchez, 
    	Noe Valley Ministry, San Franicsco
    	In the Abstract, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
    	Runes Revealed, Contemporary Artists Respond to an Ancient Alphabet, Scandinavian 
    	Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA
    
    SELECTED GROUP SHOWS (continued)
    2015   Presenting Marc Ellen Hamel and Norma Lewis, two-woman show at Main Street Artists 
    	Gallery, Quincy, CA, September 
    	Runes Revealed, A Mixed-Media Exhibition by Nordic 5 Arts, San Pablo Art Gallery, 
    	June-July. 
    2014 	Runes Revealed, A Mixed-Media Exhibition by Nordic 5 Arts, The Sanchez Art Center, 
    	Pacifica, CA, July-August
    2014	Architecture of the Soul, The Barber Lounge, 854 Folsom St, San Francisco, March-April
    2012  	All-Member Exhibit, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, September and December
    Sin and Redemption, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco
    2011 	Retrospective 4, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, December-January
    	Three Monotype Printmakers, Pierson 20th Century Design, San Mateo, CA
    Voyages of Discovery: Contemporary Work by Nordic 5 Arts, Scandinavian Cultural
     	Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, April – November
    	One Off, Monotype Prints by 4 Bay Area Artists, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, July
    2010 	Voyages of Discovery; Artwork by Nordic 5 Arts, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco
    Bay Area Women Artists, juried by Donna Seager, O’Hanlon Center for the 
    	Arts, Mill Valley, CA,
    THREE:  9 Painters, 3 Paintings Each, Gallery 94124, San Francisco, CA
    Angular and Architectural, 901 Market Street Atrium Gallery, San Francisco
    2009	Working Artist, Artist Working, Video Installation and Exhibit (an SFAC Commission
     “Art in Storefronts” Project), located 4114 3rd Street, San Francisco
    Crossroads, A Group Exhibit of Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, Gallery 94124, 
    	San Francisco
    2007	Summer Fling, Mad River Post, 451 Jackson Street, San Francisco
    The Subject is Color The Art Foundry, Sacramento, CA
    Eight Paintings, Mad River Post, 451 Jackson Street, San Francisco
    2006	The Steel Event at Fort Mason, Conference Center, Fort Mason, San Francisco
     	Is Dada Dead? The O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
    Paint Tube Collages, Forbeadin’ Gallery, San Francisco 
    Primavera, Steel Gallery, San Francisco
    2005	Define: Book, Art Books Press, Seattle, WA
    2004	Rouge, Steel Gallery, San Francisco
    2002	Berkeley Art Center 19th Annual National Juried Competition, Berkeley, CA
    2003	The Holiday Show, Steel Gallery Inaugural Group Show, Steel Gallery, San Francisco
    	
    AWARD 
    1999	Best of Show Award, Gallery Route One Annual Competition, Pt Reyes, CA; 
       Juror: Philip Linhares of the Oakland Art Museum)
    Marc Ellen Hamel								Page 3
    
    
    RESIDENCY
    2006	Ballard Art Works, Seattle, WA; one-week monotype residency 
    
    MEMBERSHIPS
    2012-present	Member and Publicist, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA,
    		 	www.mainstreetartists.net
    2008-present   Member and Co-Coordinator, Nordic 5 Arts, www.Nordic5arts.com  
    2008-2012	Board Member, Shipyard Trust for the Arts (STAR) nonprofit organization
    2009-2012	President of the Board, STAR as above (www.shipyardtrust.org) 
    2008-2011	Founding Member, Art 94124, a grassroots organization promoting arts 
    in the Bayview District of San Francisco
    
    
    TEACHING & VOLUNTEER WORK 
    
    2010-2012	Teaching Artist, Malcolm X Academy Afterschool Program
    2008		Summer Teaching Artist, Think Round Inc Family Art Program, Bayview 
    			Opera House, San Francisco
    2007-2009	Teacher, ArtSeed, An Arts Program for Youth, After School Program at 
    			Leola Havard Child Development Center, San Francisco
    2000		Volunteer Teacher, Children’s Summer Art Program, SF Museum of Modern Art
    1996-2000	Art Group Facilitator, DrawBridge, An Arts Program for Homeless Children,
    		 	San Francisco
    1999		Teaching Artist, Children’s Mural Project, Bayview/Hunters Point, San Francisco
    
    
    COLLECTIONS
    My artwork is represented in private and public collections in the Bay Area, nationally, and in 	France, Germany, and Sweden.  
    Corporate Collections
    	California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco)
    	Kaiser Foundation (Oakland)
    	Neiman Marcus (Walnut Creek)
    	Women’s Health Clinical Research Center of UCSF/Mt. Zion (San Francisco)