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Green is where the Heart Is: “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Stories are the glue that binds generations. Melanie Heinrich is an artistic  storyteller creating successful images by capturing the viewer’s gaze long enough to open up curiosity and questioning.  In her words, “To wonder and seek a deeper meaning is a beautiful process.”
As a child Heinrich discovered the thrill of the camera however it wasn’t until she graduated from high school that her real love affair with photography blossomed. 
It was more than a mere record-keeping device and she discovered that when people were included the attention was directed to who they were, what they were experiencing and what they were thinking.  Although she was able to capture the stories of people, she preferred the quieter beauty of landscape.
After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1982, she became a commercial photographer, published internationally as her technical’s skills were unsurpassed.  And then, five years later, her story took a drastic turn.  During renovation of her space a three-inch-round cast-iron pipe came crashing on her head leaving her debilitated with seizures, one of which took her while driving causing a horrible car accident where she ended up under a tractor–trailer. 
The miracle was that she survived.  As she modified her life to fit her new physical limitations her stories blossomed in different mediums.  ‘Life is brought forth from death,” she says. 
About that time she began exploring graphic art and computers were opening up new ways of expression.  Heinrich was very comfortable with this and went on to teach others.  She also applied and earned an MFA-IA from Goddard College.
A technique interested her while trying to display dimensional forms using a two dimensional surface using photographs taken of waves crashing on the shores, shot at low angles with an underwater camera, accentuating the excitement of the ocean at its shore.  Transferred on to aluminum using a special chemical process they are later sealed resembling the tin types of the 1850’s.
Her show called “Breaking Waves” is made up of this process.  Come welcome her to the island at Artful Living Group during her opening reception Thursday, September 6, from 6:30-8:30pm.  Her work will hang in the gallery at ALG during the month of September. 
Living Green connects us to the environment around us.  Heinrich’s work entices the heart and you will see that these are the stories that make up our universe.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.