Melanie Gordon is a native of Lewisburg, proud of her Marshall County ancestral heritage, has been a community volunteer and artistic preservationist who works in pencil. Melanie received hands-on training with Lewisburg Printing in the early 70's in the graphics department along with being the first operator of a computer typesetting machine. She enrolled in her first art class at CSCC in 1977 where she was influenced by Dr. Osterday who taught night time classes. The same year she purchased Melba's Florist & took a path down floral design route all the while keeping an interest in art. Melanie was also influenced by her grandmother Pauline Cathey Woodward's oil paintings. Her studies have been a self-directed education process along with many workshops and encouraging mentors through the years. Melanie has visually preserved over 90 architectural images from around the county in black and white. The artist's hand catches the slightest details with many renderings composed from several photographs. She has enjoyed participating as a volunteer in the Marshall County Historical Society, Marshall County Art Guild and Chamber of Commerce. As organizer of the Chamber of Commerce Arts A Poppin' in 2011, this show was the first to invite all artist and photographers in the county to participate, and well they did with 65 artists and over 225 pieces of judged work that first year.