collaborates - consults - co/works - creates

installation - mixed media - photographic & collage imagery - written word

blogs - documentaries - magazine articles - pod casts - workshops   


Find her travelling on the retro style  15 trolley between the old "Pleasure Point" neighborhood near  the "Fishtown/Kensington" section of Philadelphia & "Brewerytown" near the Art Museum!  

After eleven years in New York City, Melanie became a resident of Lancaster City in Central Pennsylvania in 1999.  As a low residency student traveling seasonally between Lancaster, PA,  and Plainfield, VT, Melanie graduated from Goddard College  in 2003 where she studied creative and critical writing, media arts &  photography as a tool for cross cultural communication. Her commentary and edgy, abstract fiction published in popular culture journals in Canada and England, and performed at community spoken word events. Formerly a member of the  Professional Photographer's Association of Pennsylvania, her photography and mixed media collage card art exhibited at Franklin and Marshall College, Millersville University, jasharp Custom Jewelers, Dog Star Books, Kalargyros Gallery, Building Character, Remember This Antiques,  Dosie Dough Bakery Downtown and Spyro Gyro Greek Bistro. Her first solo exhibition sponsored by j.a. Sharp Custom Jewelers. Though in 2004 she received the Dean's Scholarship to transfer to Drexel University,  Melanie stayed between Lancaster and Plainfield, completing a new Masters program available at Goddard College in the Health Arts & Sciences. Combining her writing skills with traditional health care, Melanie received a Master of Arts in technical writing & qualitative research, with a firm focus on women's health.  In 2009 Melanie was awarded a  Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) grant  to complete a small business start up program through Assets of Lancaster.  As a result of Assets, she operated a craft and collectibles project, Beautiful Day Creations,  through the death of her mother, who shared company with her. During the decade of time,  from 2003-2013, besides her academic and creative accomplishments, Melanie worked  in health care as an attendant and advocate for Alzheimer's disease, hospice and as an aide for adults with disabilities. She also maintained volunteer work with the National  M.S. Society, along with Lancaster County organizations such as the YWCA, Clare House for Women, and as a poll clerk during elections.

NOW in Philadelphia enjoying a more physically active, cosmopolitan lifestyle,  Melanie is  metamorphosing her creative vision from the Lancaster farmers markets and community projects into a polished, fashionable, commercial realm; all while remaining true to her educational roots in social justice.  While working with Melanie at Goddard College, Katt Lissard wrote: "Melanie was always a pleasure to work with. She's articulate, intelligent, highly creative, and has a strong sense of justice and the individual's right to personal freedom. Her work moves between the transgressive & the transformative, always including compassion & heart."


SLIXA of Canada

IOTA. Arlington

The Erotic Literary Salon. Philadelphia

"Sen-Sexual" E-Anthology in affiliation w. The Philadelphia Erotic Literary Salon

The Walking Fish Theater. Philadelphia

HeadPress 2.6: The Contemporary Grand Guignol.  Collaborative interview with V.Vale of ReSearch. 


Philadelphia 2012 - 2013

Free Tours by Foot Philadelphia

Sales Gaspillee at The Irish Pol 

Lancaster 2005-2011

jasharp Custom Jewelers

Kalargyros Gallery

Dosie Dough Bakery

Dog Star Books

Millersville University/ Ganser Gallery

Franklin & Marshall College


Clare House (Shelter for Women)

Crispus Attucks Community Center

Team American Spirit  

The National M.S. Society 

The Red Thread


PA Ballot Access Coalition, Philadelphia

CB Richard Ellis, Philadelphia

Christina's Pantry, Lancaster

DJ Gerri Hoff & The International Network, Lancaster

Dog Star Books, Lancaster

Eyes Wide Open /American Friends Service Committee, Lancaster

Gallery 141, Lancaster

Goodman Creations, Lancaster

HeadPress, UK

Mimi Shapiro, Lancaster

Octavia & the Earthblood Blues Band, Paradise

Padmani Kundalini Yoga Products, Lancaster

Party of One, Lancaster / NYC

The Maternal Diva Rose Hudson, York  

Andy Black's Necronomicon, UK

Barrel Entertainment, Detroit





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For more information on Beautiful Day Creations please visit the memorial website



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