Take Home A Piece of History
Melissa B. Tubbs creates finely-detailed pen-and-ink drawings of architectural subjects. Tubbs created various pen-and-ink prints of Phoebe that are available for purchase.
Get Your Prints and Note Cards at Phoebe Gifts From The Heart
Large print (2011 campus) - $35
Small prints (1911 building, McCormack Fountain, and Centennial Sky Bridge) - $15
Purchase the set of four prints - $70 (save $10)
Gifts From The Heart is located at the main Phoebe campus on the first floor directly across from the information desk.
Melissa B. Tubbs: Artist Biography
Melissa B. Tubbs has been creating finely detailed pen-and-ink drawings of architectural subjects for 20 years. Her works document buildings and their ornamentation in order to preserve them for future generations. She is a firm believer in the proverb “The wise man preserves that which he values and celebrates that which he preserves.” Form, line, and light have more emphasis in black and white, perfect for rendering architectural elements and ornamentation. She is interested in conveying the depth created by the contrast of bright light and cast shadows. The woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer and wood engravings of Barry Moser have influenced her pen-and-ink work. Ms. Tubbs lives and works in Montgomery, AL
Melissa’s father was a pilot in the Air Force and moving every three years exposed her to many interesting places. She has always created art, but it wasn’t until her sister asked her to create a pen-and-ink drawing of her father-in-law’s house for a Christmas present that she discovered her love of architecture as subject matter. While the pen-and-ink medium is self-taught, Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Design from Auburn University in Auburn, AL and spent 25 years producing magazines. She has been a full-time artist for 14 years.
Her work has been shown throughout the United States. Besides Montgomery, her artwork has been juried into exhibitions in New York City, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; San Francisco, CA; Hilton Head, SC; Sarasota, FL; Winston-Salem, NC; Alexandria, VA; Bridgeport, CT and Rockville, MD. These exhibitions have led to commissions from organizations such as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts as well as many private commissions.
Note: The Easter Seals Christmas Ornament commemorating Phoebe’s Centennial is also available at Gifts From the Heart for $15.