Contemporary Abstract Ayr Art

Gallery 85 Presents The Red Zone – Art Exhibition with Ayr

Gallery 85 presents The Red Zone a curated group exhibition focusing on the works by young emerging artists in the Bay Area along with mid-career artists. The theme of the exhibition will be a springboard to the gallery’s new space, the New Year and to highlight the Foundation’s mission.
Participating Artists: John Casey, Alexis Amann, Namita Kapoor, Christine Morla, Phe Ruiz, Melody Kennedy, Manny Silva, Casey Gray, Randy Bricco, Garett Malate, Bruni, Mark Gray, Lorraine Lawson, Jason Burton, Bruni, Mark Gray, Melissa Ayr and more.

“The Red Zone” Exhibition Opening Reception is being held January 14th, 2013 from 5-8PM.  Artwork will be on display from January 14th through February 10th 2013.

Gallery 85
377 Santana Row #1180
Santana Row Shopping Center (between Eli Thomas and Peet’s Coffee)
San Jose, CA 95128

Gallery 85 features work by Vernon Davis as well as work by established and emerging visual artists. The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts promotes arts education and art appreciation for at-risk youth and awards college art school scholarships to inner-city youth. Best known as one of the NFL?s 49ers elite pass-catching tight ends, Davis is also a talented, trained visual artist who majored in studio art at the University of Maryland.

“Buttergirl” 3D Body Art by Melissa Ayr

Melissa Ayr releases “Buttergirl” a contemporary 3D painting on a mannequin torso.  Obsession with the perfect butt is embodied by the youthful structure used to sell the next hot product.  Buttergirl originally comes out of a Sears display from a store that was closed down in 2011.  Sears Roebuck and Co. has been a staple of the American dream and is fading, as is, the sticks of home sweet home.  Consumerism has changed and the colorful faceless girl of America remains beautiful despite her flaws.

Melissa Ayr Buttergirl Butt 3D Contemporary Art Melissa Ayr Buttergirl Front 3D Contemporary Art

3D Acrylic on Mannequin
17″ x 10″ x 14″

Buttergirl will be featured during the month of March and will be showcased at a Gala Champagne Reception on Thursday, MARCH 8, 2012. 6:00-8:00 pm in Chelsea.  511 West 25th Street #406, New York, NY 10001.

Contemporary Artist Dares to be Square

Melissa Ayr Releases the ‘SquAyr’ Collection featuring Elegant Squares of Creativity.

New York, NY, March 15th, 2011 – Melissa Ayr – Contemporary Art Abstract Painter – today announces her new series of colorful paintings titled ‘SquAyr’.  The paintings will be featured at The Artist Project New York later this week.  SquAyr is the latest collection of artwork from Contemporary Abstract Artist Melissa Ayr and features a little bit of air, a little bit of Art Deco and a whole lot of color.

Melissa Ayr, born in New York, is an international contemporary abstract artist.  Melissa Ayr was nationally recognized and selected as one of ten artists represented at Art Basel Miami Beach by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey.  Her art is on the cutting edge of color with bold flowing blends of light and dark. Her style is colorful, vibrant, and full of texture. She incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth and life.  Melissa Ayr is known for her rich vibrant color and her ability to create dimension on a flat canvas.  Melissa paints through an expressive process she calls “Pure Creativity” and she carries this creativity into her SquAyr collection.

The SquAyr collection has been crafted with creativity and designed for flexibility. As a play on words Melissa Ayr has gone back to the basics with her use of both the square shape and the mixing of primary colors. Ms. Ayr states that, “the artwork is made during the act of playful discovery.” Her style is Abstract Expressionism and her techniques are rather unconventional. The artist utilised primary straight pigment and paint combined with “Forced Air” to craft an extraordinary set of abstract paintings on 36” x 36” geometric square canvas. The square shape provides the ability to rotate the painting to the desired orientation and can be grouped together as a set.

For additional information about the Artist please visit The Artist Project New York – Booth #105 or her website:

Melissa Ayr

Melissa Ayr is a colorful contemporary abstract painter whose work incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth, and life.  Melissa Ayr’s art has hung in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and her art resides in homes of high profile fine art collectors.  Media Contact:  Harris Bevier 646.360.0297

The Artist Project New York

The Artist Project is an exhibition of fine art by a selection of unrepresented international artists.  The event is featured along with the 10th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 92/94 March 16th– 20th, 2011.  Produced by MMPI, a leading producer of fine art, craft, antiques and home design shows, The Artist Project New York will present a rare opportunity to view and purchase contemporary fine art offering collectors, curators, dealers and the public direct access to a juried selection of emerging and established talent.   Media Contact: Victoria Kent 312.527.7508

Ruinart Selects Ten Artists For Exhibition at The Betsy Hotel South Beach

NOVEMBER 23, 2010 – The Betsy South Beach will be playing host to the works of ten artists, commissioned by Ruinart, the first established champagne House in 1729.  On December 2, 2010, the exhibition will kick off during Art Basel in Miami Beach highlighting a commitment to the arts from both organizations.   The works were produced using classic and avant-garde techniques, in a variety of mediums, including photography, paint and sculpture.  Artist’s were inspired by many facets of this pioneering Champagne, from the unique bottle shape to the history of its creator Dom Ruinart, all producing unique works that will ultimately be auctioned in New York to benefit the non-profit organization The Art of Elysium .

Official – Ruinart Event Program

This November, the pieces will travel to Miami to form a pop-up gallery at The Betsy located on Ocean Drive.  The pop-up gallery will be located in the lobby bar, where Ruinart Blanc de Blancs (100% Premier Crus Chardonnay) will be available for sale to guests wanting to sip fine champagne while browsing the exhibit, enhancing the total experience.

The artists who have been inspired by Ruinart and will be showcased at the exhibition are:  Melissa Ayr, Elijah Blue, Isaac Fortoul, Mark Leibowitz, Pascal Pierme, Johnny Robles, Dane Storrusten, Carrie Sunday, Kiki Valdes, and Trish Williams.

The exhibit closes by February 2011, at which time these contemporary works of art will travel to New York to be auctioned in the Spring. All proceeds will go to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 supporting the creativity of children battling serious medical conditions.

About Ruinart

In 1729, when Nicolas Ruinart laid the foundations of the very first champagne house, he was in fact realizing the ambition of his uncle, Dom Thierry Ruinart. A Benedictine monk, Dom Ruinart intuitively foresaw the fame and success champagne would enjoy by gauging the popularity of this new sparkling wine amongst his contemporaries in the court of Versailles.  The House of Ruinart was the first to use Gallo Roman chalk cellars to age its wines, and opened the American market as early as 1831. Since then, Ruinart has continued to develop its reputation as the sophisticated boutique champagne for discerning wine lovers.

Press Information for Ruinart

Dorothy Bakker, Brand Manager
Ruinart Champagne
T. (212) 251-8471

Jeffrey Pogash, Communications Director
Moët Hennessy USA
T. (212) 251-8337

Melissa Ayr “Be Ruinart” at Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach10 Artists for Ruinart at Art Basel Miami BeachOfficial – Ruinart Event Program


Contemporary abstract painter Melissa Ayr was one of “Ten Artists” 2010-2011 within the United States to be selected by Ruinart Champagne. Opening Party is Dec 2 at 7 PM – Show is up until February 28, 2011. (Proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to charity)

Original Ayr Painting “Be Ruinart” at Art Basel Miami

"Be Ruinart"

"Be Ruinart"

Exhibition at The Betsy South Beach (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fl) during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Betsy Hotel Logo

Melissa Ayr and Chuck Close at the Betsy Hotel Miami Beach


Commissioned and sponsored by Ruinart Champagne. Opening Party is Dec 2 at 7 PM – Show is up until February 28, 2011. (Proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to charity)


Commissioned and sponsored by Ruinart Champagne. Opening Party is Dec 2 at 7 PM – Show is up until February 28, 2011. (Proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to charity)

Grand Opening Event – Melissa Ayr’s Painted Piano

Piano Gallery’s Grand Opening
Benefiting Musical Angels

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
5:30pm – 9:30pm

Piano Gallery | Arlington Highlands
4000 Five Points Boulevard, Suite 155
Arlington, TX 76018

Black Tie Optional

Featuring Musical Performance by Danny Wright

Melissa Ayr Art Painted Piano "Live Energy" Young ChangLive Auction of a Young Chang Baby Grand Piano Painted by Internationally Acclaimed Artist Melissa Ayr.

Special Appearances by NFL Players & Local Celebrities
Television Coverage by “Inside DFW” on ION Network

Musical Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free music lessons to hospitalized children.

Original Ayr Painting “Be Ruinart” Going to Art Basel Miami

Contemporary Abstract Artist Melissa Ayr has been selected as one of ten artists in the United States to be represented at Art Basel in Miami by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey.  Melissa Ayr and Ruinart champagne share the same fundamental values of authenticity, openness, refinement and quality.  Ruinart sponsored the opening night of the “Ayr Art Transformation Tour”, a national solo art exhibition featuring new and existing works of art created by Melissa Ayr.  Featured at the Dallas exhibition was a special toast of Ruinart Champagne to unveil the new painting by Melissa Ayr titled “Be Ruinart.”

Melissa Ayr Art "Be Ruinart" Painting

Melissa Ayr Unveils "Be Ruinart"

Melissa Ayr is a colorful contemporary abstract painter whose work incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth, and life.  Melissa Ayr’s art has hung in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and her art resides in homes of high profile collectors.  Earlier this year, Melissa was featured with a solo exhibition “Ocean Drive” as part the Celebrity Super Bowl Charity Bash in Miami Beach.  Last year, Melissa was featured as the only American Artist at the 2009 World Wilderness Congress with her ground breaking “Wild Thing” painting that raised awareness and funding for the Wild Foundation and Jane Goodall.

The night the piece was unveiled Ms. Ayr shared thoughts about “Be Ruinart”.  “I was asked to create my interpretation of what Ruinart champagne would look like as a contemporary art piece. I was given a bottle to enjoy and sit alone with my thoughts.”  “The name Ruinart was something that caught my eye; ‘art’ being in the name of the champagne itself.  How could this champagne, art and the excitement built up within be combined and conveyed on a canvas?”  Ms. Ayr stated that as she opened the bottle, the Champagne cork popped and champagne spilled out.  Melissa took this into the studio and used paint tubes spilling out of the bottle onto the canvas to convey an explosion of art.

Ms. Ayr was inspired to use paint tubes in “Be Ruinart” because of a story about Picasso.  While living in Lake Tahoe, Ms. Ayr had an opportunity to work with DA Russo, a student of Pablo Picasso.  He would speak of his time living with Picasso in France when he was a young boy.  According to DA Russo, Picasso was known for keeping the left over tubes of oil paints his students discarded.   He had a box near the door of the class where the students would dispose of them.  When the box was filled Picasso would snip off the ends of the tubes, butterfly the tubes and then use the remainder of the paint that was left inside for his own art.

“Be Ruinart” is a 3-dimensional multi media painting on hand stretched linen.  Melissa states, “In the painting, I have included over 40 opened tubes of paint I used myself and have butterflied open.  I have also included my own pallet, a pallet knife, a sable paint brush, a pencil sharper, oil paint medium, a bottle of Ruinart champagne, the Ruinart cork and wrapper, small speaks of clear plastic, and my signature monarch butterfly.  If you look closely you will find a Dragon, a symbol of creativity. “

“Be Ruinart” is a Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey commission with a mission.  “Be Ruinart” will be represented at Art Basel Miami in December 2010 and then auctioned off in New York in January 2011.  The painting will benefit the Museum of Arts & Design in New York with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Museum for their education programs.

To find out more about the “Ayr Art Transformation Tour” and artist Melissa Ayr visit

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About Artist Melissa Ayr:

Melissa Ayr’s mission is simple; create with passion, open the World’s mind to creativity and become the highest valued female artist of our time.  Melissa offers high end fine art using hand crafted custom made canvas, the finest quality paint and artist talent to make every original painting unique.  Melissa sells original abstract paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media and keeps her indelible oath to grow her brand, maintain value and hold true to the trust that many collectors have placed in her.

About Ruinart:

Champagne Ruinart is the oldest French Champagne company, established in 1729. It is a very high-quality Champagne, and has recently been re-introduced to the U.S market. It is owned now by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey, the world leader in luxury items. ::

Ayr Art Transformation Tour Dallas

Ayr Art Transformation Tour

Ayr Art Transformation Tour – Dallas

Featuring Artist Melissa Ayr, Benefiting the Book Bank Foundation
Social – Join us for an evening of Fine Art, Live Performance and Giving.

Featuring: Contemporary Abstract Artist Melissa Ayr & Concert Pianist Elida Dakoli

Benefiting: The Book Bank Foundation: Promoting Literacy to Eradicate Homelessness

National Tour Kickoff Exhibition:

Piano Gallery
13520 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75244

Date: Saturday August 21st, 2010

Time: 6-9pm

Sponsored by Ruinart Champagne, Chopin Vodka, The Piano Gallery & Central Market

Melissa Ayr Presents “Ocean Drive” Exhibition at the Super Bowl Charity Bash

Melissa Ayr Presents “Ocean Drive” Exhibition at the Super Bowl Charity Bash.

Melissa Ayr Super Bowl Charity Bash Miami Flyer

This event will be held at the Proof Restaurant (owned by All-Star Pro Bowler Ricky Williams) in Miami Beach inside the Z Ocean Hotel.

Proof Restaurant
1458 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, Fl

Join Melissa for the Art Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday.

Sat Feb 6th 5pm to 9 pm.
Sun Feb 7th 5pm to 2am.

Join us Super Bowl Sunday for the All-Star Celebrity Super Bowl Charity Bash! Meet Melissa Ayr & get autographs from your favorite current and former NFL Players.

This is the place to be in Sobe for Super Bowl 44!

The proceeds from the event will raise money to build a community resource center in Haiti.

Please Join us and support &

Melissa Ayr Presents “Wild Thing” Painting to The Wild Foundation

Please support Wild9 – The Wild Foundation World Wilderness Congress (WWC).

Melissa Ayr Wild Thing Banner Artist The Wild Foundation

The WWC is the best-known and most effective platform for debating and acting on wilderness issues. They provide a balanced approach, taking on highly charged issues in a constructive manner, and most importantly helping to broker solutions.

WWCs launch numerous wilderness and wildlife protection organizations and networks including: the Wilderness Action Group (South Africa), The Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia), the Wilderness Associazione Italiana (Italian Wilderness Association), the Kissama Foundation (Angola), the International League of Conservation Photographers, the Native Lands and Wilderness Council, the Government Network of Wilderness Professionals

Jane Goodall Wild9 Melissa Ayr Artist

World Renowned primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.  In July 1960, a 26-year-old Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania under the mentorship of famed anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey.

Dr. Goodall will deliver a keynote address and personally lead a special workshop on Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, for all WILD9 delegates who wish to attend.

Melissa Ayr has donated the Painting “Wild Thing” to support The Wild Foundation to keep the wilderness wild.

Melissa Ayr Art Wild Thing Wild9

“Wild Thing” is available for sale and the proceeds will go 100% towards supporting The Wild Foundation.  Please contact Melissa Ayr for more information about supporting Wild and purchasing this work of art.

For more information and to donate to The Wild Foundation please go to  Support WILD! You can help make a real difference. WILD depends on the support of people like you for the majority of its funding.

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