Melissa Stratton Pandina

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© 2017 by Deshria illustration/Melissa Stratton. Proudly created with

Publications, shows & Commission

Following is a selected list of  some of the  publications, public works and shows I have participated in. I am currently looking for more publishing opportunities. I am also open for commissions for private clients.  Please contact me for details or to discuss your project.


The Cartomancer Magazine Fall 2019

Wrote and illustrated Article "Expanding divination practice with Throwing Clothes"


Professional Artist Magazine, Spring -2018

Piece appears in the article “Mapping the Creative Process”

Inanna Rising Girl God Printing 2018  

Three pieces printed in book

"Preacher Woman for the Goddess: Poems, Invocations, Plays and Other Holy Writ." Mother Tongue Press 2017


Wee’ Moon Calendar -2012

Two pieces published in date book and one on the wall calendar

Elements-Kelianna’s Album 2010


Public Works

Electrify Amherst, Amherst MA 2019

Was one of 3 artist chosen to complete a mural on Electrical box.


Northampton Chalk Festival,

Northampton Ma 2019

Created 5 foot chalk painting and did news interviews about it.


Chalk It Up, Springfield Museum-2018

Created large interactive chalk piece for the Springfield Museum and interacted with children during its creation

Bearfest, Easthampton Ma 2009

Created 2 Bears for Bearfest. One was stolen while on display. The other was a top earner at auction.

Window Project Easthampton- 2004

Created Window display for a city wide arts initiative 

Selected JUried Shows

Tell the Tale,  Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket RI 2019


Poison Garden,  Bower Studio, Amherst MA 2019


Balance, Float Gallery, Easthampton MA 2019

Manangie Folklorica, Berkshire Fairy Festival, Adams MA 2019

Created and preformed 3 shows with puppets

StArt, Worchester MA 2019


Oak Spring Way Summer Festival 2013

Created two life-sized puppets to lead the gatherings festivities

Feast of Lights Art Salon, Northampton MA 2007, 2008

Easthampton ArtWalk, Easthampton MA 2006


Thirsty Mind, Hadley Ma- 2006

Art for Animals, Dakins farms, Leverette Ma -2004

Artshow Amherst- 2004

Light of Christ- Kansas, -2004

Paper Project- Ritz Carlton Boston Ma 2003


Licencing and Other Art Experiences 


Designed and produced Identity package for Awentree. Have since worked on multiple ad campaigns and package designs for them. Currently working on a new branding campaign set to be released summer 2019. Licenced Art for Projects


Oak Spring Way Summer Festival, Reston2013

Created two life-sized puppets to lead the gatherings festivities


Troup Sahibat Holyoke MA 2005

Became troup photographer. Photographed promotional portraits and documented several performances.


Parsons Closet-Eathampton MA 2005

Worked on identity package for store and painted their sign.

Holyoke Community College, Holyoke MA

-Non-credit Teacher 2018-present

Created curriculum, advertised and taught classes

Transition Academy, Holyoke School System

-Teacher Summer 2018

Created curriculum for art class within a dropout prevention program in Holyoke public school system for  incoming 9th graders and taught class


Sirius Rising, Brushwood Folklore Center, Sherman, NY 

July 2017,  July 2019

Ran a class series on crafting a Mari Lwyd. as responsible for class description, promotion and developing the class and the craft.

Deshria Illustration 2005 - PRESENT

Ran individual crafted classes for students aged 5-Adult. Some were were singular classes and others on-going instruction. Topics ranged from simple crafts to painting and drawing techniques


Melissa is open to priviate comissions for small to large projects. Please contact me to discuss details