Exhibition opened November 8, 2019 and running to March 13, 2020 during Museum Hours, Her Dragons Fly is an inspirational painting exhibition created by celebrated Bridgeport artist Shanna Melton. Shanna's work is featured at the Barnum Museum as part of the 2019 Bridgeport Art Trail events.


Her Dragons Fly

Exhibition by Shanna Melton

Where:  Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT

When:  Friday, November 8, 2019 – March 13, 2020, during regular Museum public hours and during special programs

Barnum Museum Members free – Non-Members $5.00 suggested 

Shanna MeltonHer Dragons Fly is an art exhibit featuring a selection of The Shanna Melton Collection.  Through these vibrant paintings, Her Dragons Fly explores transition, evolution and blooming.  The exhibition is a visual narrative about learning that wisdom comes when we claim our peace.  Her Dragons Fly celebrates our ancestors, it welcomes us to stand in the midst of their energy and helps us navigate the soulful meaning of our lives.

“The dragonfly itself is a symbol of transformation and self-realization that brings us to the deeper levels of life.  It celebrates the light of those who came before us.”  Shanna Melton.

About the Artist:

Acknowledged as the 2018 Arts Hero by the State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, Shanna T. Melton is an award winning poet, painter, art educator and art consultant from Bridgeport, CT.

Shanna is the author of two collections of poetry titled “A Voice in the Symphony” and recently published “Unraveling My Thoughts”.  In 2011, Shanna was presented with the Woman to Know Award from the State of Connecticut through Bridgeport’s Black Pride.  This recognition is presented to inspirational people who create positive change in their communities and who are guided by the visions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Shanna has most recently been the honored recipient of the Arts and Cultural Empowerment Award from The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. She was formerly nominated to represent the State of Connecticut as Poet Laureate.

Shanna curates many poetry and writer’s events that expose local and international artistry to the Bridgeport Community.  Her Writer’s Group programs are sponsored by Bridgeport’s City Lights Gallery, and Shanna is the Art Ambassador for The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community.  Shanna travels throughout the United States and Canada sharing her poetry, artworks and stories with diverse audiences, encouraging a global network of artists to continue to find inspiration to grow and create.

Visit www.PoeticSoulArts.net to learn more about Shanna and stay up to date on upcoming events.

In collaboration with the Bridgeport Art Trail:  http://bridgeport-art-trail.org/