The French Cultural Services of New York initiated, and sponsored in part, the Art of Love Exhibition and Tour of Melinda Camber Porter’s art, books and film in the USA.
Through Parisian Eyes by Melinda Camber Porter was an important introduction of French cultural leaders and their ideas to English-speaking America. With the success of Camber Porter’s book and art reception at the French Cultural Center of New York, the Director of the Center, Philippe Reliquet, asked other French Cultural offices and Alliance Francaise centers around America to consider holding similar Through Parisian Eyes book parties and art exhibitions with Camber Porter. Thus, The Art of Love Exhibition of Art, Books and Film of Melinda Camber Porter was born.
Melinda Camber Porter’s Through Parisian Eyes, along with twenty-two of her paintings traveled around America from 1993 through 1996. The French Cultural Services hired documentary filmmaker Michael Camerini, who produced a film on Camber Porter’s art, journalism from her time in Paris entitled, The Art of Love, which was shown on over 140 USA Public Television stations during the four years of the Art of Love Exhibition.
October 19, 1996 - January 1997 | Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY
April 19 - June 16, 1996 | Civic Fine Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SD
January 13 - March 3, 1996 | Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
July 14 - September 25 1995 | Salt Box Gallery, West Hartford, CT
March 10 - May 31 1995 | The Alliance Française de New Orleans
December 9, 1994 - February 16, 1995 | The Alliance Française de Miami
October 17 - November 20, 1994 | The Museum of the Embassy of France in Washington, Washington, D.C.
June - August 1994 | The Alliance Française de San Francisco
March - June 1994 | The Alliance Française de Houston
February 11 - 28, 1994 | The Alliance Française de Chicago
January 4 - 29, 1994 | The French Library in Boston
Septemeber 17 - October 1, 1993 | The Museum of the French Embassy in New York
"The subject of the sensual--what a human being can experience through the physical self and the profound effect of that experience- is at the heart of Ms. Camber Porter's output as both an artist and a writer. This painter-novelist draws a line between the erotic and obscene." - The New York Times
"Camber Porter’s works capture her sense of love as the actual desire to step inside another person’s skin. Her vivid colors and impressionistic strokes often suggest multiple facets of the same people. Explosions of saturated color cover her canvases and images of colors fill her poetry. Those who find this exhibition will be very happy. The lines in “Passion and In the Stillness” left me breathless. Breaking Up brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could crawl into Melinda Camber Porter’s watercolor “Couple By Water” or her oil “Women of the Self.”" - Rice Thresher [Houston, TX] April 22, 1994
Blake Productions, 1995. 13 minutes.
"A well-paced chronicle of personal and professional achievement that will appeal to artists of all ilks." - Billboard Magazine.