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Newbury painter to make her mark on the international art scene

Local Open Studios artist Melissa Laurence from LissArt Studio is about to make her mark on the international art scene as her striking oil painting Tea from the Garden, earns a coveted spot in Sophie Tea's Gallery in London's trendy Soho district.

Until recently she was a local infant teacher, but this school year took the leap to take her art full-time.

Out of an impressive pool of 1,500 applicants, her work was not only selected, but also shortlisted to the top 50.

The competition then opened up to public voting, where an astounding 20,000 votes were cast. Thanks to overwhelming support from the community and art lovers alike, Melissa secured her spot in the Top 20, granting her the incredible opportunity to exhibit her masterpiece in Sophie Tea's gallery.

Melissa Laurence with Tea from the Garden
Melissa Laurence with Tea from the Garden

Tea from the Garden is a vibrant oil painting that has resonated deeply with audiences. It carries with it a sense of joy and nostalgia. It's a visual journey that encapsulates the warmth of home and the simple pleasure of a cup of tea – bringing forth a profound appreciation for life’s small, cherished moments.

The forthcoming Brewing Exhibition at Sophie Tea's Gallery promises to be a remarkable showcase of emerging artists and Melissa is eagerly anticipating the chance to display her work alongside other rising talents.

Local art enthusiasts, friends, and supporters of Melissa Laurence are encouraged to mark their calendars for this exceptional exhibition, which will leave a lasting impression on Melissa’s career.


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'Tea from the Garden' at Sophie Tea's Gallery, 5 NEWBURGH STREET, CARNABY, LONDON, W1F 7RG runs from Friday (September 22) to October 22. It's an opportunity to celebrate local talent on an international stage.

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