Suzanna Productions est 2019: 
Fine photography studio by Melanie Gonzalez Art, Creative + Textile solutions by Piedra y Sombra Designs.

Closing Reception:
Soul Reflections,  fine photography group exhibition

Sunday APRIL 2, 2023 4-6 PM

Join us at 4 PM on Sunday, April 2nd, in the Unison Arts Gallery at 68 Mountain Rest Rd. in New Paltz for the official closing reception of “Soul Reflections,” a photography exhibit by the Collective of Photographers of Color in Ulster County.

See here for more information about the exhibit:

Each artist will discuss their work during an intimate artist talk. Light refreshments will be provided.

Upcycle Chic- DENIM!

Saturday, April 1st, 2-5pm
Unfettered Arts Gallery
37 Oneil St Kingston, NY

Local professional artists and textile workers are teaming together to bring you this fun, creative workshop where you will enhance your general sewing skills, and make something durable, useful and beautiful to your everyday life.

We bring you "Upcycle Chic- DENIM!", a sewing class with Moe (Maureen Schell, Costume Designer, Bard College) & Mel (Melanie Gonzalez, Artist Photographer at Suzanna Productions) to be had at Unfettered Arts Gallery, a makerspace spearheaded by Jennifer Edwards.

Clean out your closet, bring your favorite decommissioned denim clothing. Melanie and Moe will share tips and tricks for how to transform your favorite jeans into a fun apron, tote or basket.

Register HERE.

Artist Talk con Carmen Lizardo & Melanie Gonzalez 03/16/2023

Pop-up installation of Gonzalez Melanie's "High Point Trail near Ice Caves", 24"x111", vinyl printed photograph, Piedra y Sombra series, and "Broadway Bubble Bum/ Corn Stalk Broker" handmade textile quilt\tablecloth\costume, 2022.

Photo above by Patt Blue. Photo at right by Nicole Leonardo @ CPW: Meet the Artists from 03/16/23.

Photo 1 © Carmen Lizardo, Self Portrait Closed Road, Amarillo, Texas. | Photo 3 © Melanie Gonzalez, Dominicanizando, 2014. | Photo 4 © Melanie Gonzalez portrait by Nancy Paredes New Paltz, NY 2021.

This Thursday, "Meet the Artist" welcomes Carmen Lizardo and Melanie Gonzalez. Lizardo is a Caribbean artist born in the Dominican Republic who uses alternative processes, printmaking, drawing, and video in her work. She is on faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Gonzalez, born in The Bronx, NY, of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, practices fine photographic arts through printed photographs, fashion design, wearable art, photographic sculptures, film, and editing. Her company, Suzanna Productions, presents multimedia creative solutions derived from her photography.


March 16, 2023, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. RSVP here:

This event will be live-streamed on CPW’s Facebook page just before start time.

CPW's "Meet the Artist" takes place every Thursday evening. Join CPW to discover new work, explore artists' processes, and meet other local artists. These events are free and open to the public. Coffee and tea will be served.

"Meet the Artist" is made possible by a generous grant from the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.

SOUL REFLECTIONS: A Collective of Photographers of Color in Ulster County

Exhibiting at 68 Mtn. Rest Rd. New Paltz, NY Feb 25th – April 3rd, 2023

The Margaret Wade-Lewis Center and Unison Arts jointly invite their beloved community to the opening reception of “Soul Reflections,” an exhibition of photographs that reflect the complex and profound lives of those of African ancestry within our River Valley and across the Diaspora.

The show presents the work of the Soul Reflections Photography Collective—a group of photographers of color residing in Ulster County—and features work by Ben Eichert, Micah Fornari, Melanie Gonzalez, Maria Fernanda Hubeaut, Kristopher Johnson, and Michael Torres. It will run from Feb. 25 through April 3.

See Unison's page here for artist bios and an essay about the exhibit by curator Jean-Marc Superville Sovak.

{||Winter 2023||} Ascension Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is proud to offer the Mid-Hudson Valley a world-class martial arts training facility in the Stockade District, Kingston NY. Their goal is to elevate all beings that walk through their doors to their highest potential.

Photographic athletic leggings and compression tops featuring images from Melanie Gonzalez's "Rock and Shadow | Piedra y Sombra" double exposure series.

Sewing Meet + Greet hosted by Mel, Moe & Sarah @ GWI

Saturday, February 25th, 2023 1pm - 3pm
The Greenhouse @ GWI 68 St. James St., Kingston, NY

Free sewing meetup hosted at Good Works Institute.

Brought to you by Melanie, Sarah and Maureen; three sewists in Ulster County.

"Bring some sewing, bring your machine. Come sew!"

Refreshments provided. Free event, donations accepted.

Information provided about Mel and Moe's upcoming sewing classes in the area.

Event Producers:
Melanie Gonzalez @ Photographer Artist at Suzanna Productions
Sarah A Carlson @ Growing Films 
Maureen Schell, Costume Designer @  Bard College.

(Thanks everyone who made it out in the snow!! - MG)

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Friday, February 3rd, 2023 5pm - 9pm, Grand Opening. Sat Feb 4, 2023 from 11am-5pm & by Appointment Free Admission Gallery: Deep Tanks KNY 410 E. Chester St., Kingston, NY 12401.

In Kingston, New York, this February 3rd, 2023 - Soul Reflections Photography Collective Grand Opening is offering its First
Photography Opening at Deep Tanks KNY, a professional photography studio space. The collective is excited to start off with African
American Celebration month and present works by six artists photographers Ben Eichert, Micah Fornari, Melanie Gonzalez Maria Fernanda
Hubeaut, Kristopher Johnson and Michael Torres.

On Terrain & Emblem, October 2022
photography and printmaking co-curated show.

On Terrain and Emblem is a group exhibition of four women artists (Jazmine Catasus, Melanie Gonzalez, Harley Ngai Grieco, and Nancy Paredes) working in paper-making, photography, printmaking, and sculpture (co-curated by the artists). This exhibition unearths fragments of memory, 
home, and immigrant lineage through analog / contemporary renderings of landscapes and cultural / domestic motifs. Each artist performs 'excavations' of the self and cultural recollection by exploring their relationships with objects and materials. The work assumes the role of artifact; proposing that the act of excavation can become a meditation on home. Through exhibiting scenes, icons, and artifacts from their personal histories, each artist’s ‘renderings’ take on unique forms, unified through multidisciplinary processes and the ambiguous nature of nostalgia.

*Harley Ngai Grieco is a New York City-based artist to receive a grant through the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).

Video editing:

Sharing the Same Cielo – Part III, Series Finale

This final part of Sharing the Same Cielo brings all the participating artists together in a special video presentation by visual artist and editor Melanie Gonzalez. Together the artists bring Pepatián’s 30+years of work and culture in The Bronx full circle - from the beginnings to the present - from Mott Haven in the Bronx to Richmond, Virginia to Indianapolis, Indiana to Puerto Rico – and always back to El Bronx, where all the artists first connected.

The dancers, visual and spoken word artists are Megan Curet Rokafella with Jennifer “Beasty” Acosta 
Beverly Lopez Merián Soto Noemí Segarra Ramírez Alicia Díaz Beatrice Capote Leenda Bonilla 
Caridad De La Luz aka La Bruja and Rosalynn Diaz aka Through Her Brown Eyes. 

Pepatián: Bronx Arts CoLABorative, in collaboration with the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, presents Sharing the Same Cielo over three Friday nights on June 4, 11, and 18. This series is part of Dancing La Botánica: La Tierra Vive! and offers artists a way to focus on working together in physical distancing, showing the strength of collective imagining and the profound connections born from two years of meetings, conversations, and sharing of works-in-process.

February 2021

Bookmaking workshop in partnership with The Children's Art Carnival

In an age where books are going digital, The Children's Art Carnival will present a workshop on simple and classic bookmaking-journals and sketchbooks.

The workshops took place virtually in December 2020 and February 2021.

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Photography direction:
"Look at this, I'm healing", an outdoor photo exhibition.

Produced in collaboration with Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation's annual 'Art on the Concourse' featuring 40+ photographs taken by Serviam Gardens' senior citizen students.
Also showing: 'Rose of Hope' original photography.

The project was conceived in lockdown and inspired by the senior residents of Serviam Heights, Towers and Gardens' arts and crafts group. In the face of the pandemic, the seniors continued to make, exchange and care for each other with art.

Look at this, I'm healing, launched on November 12, 2020 as part of our annual fundraiser event Art on the Concourse: A Virtual Block Party celebrating 40 years of Fordham Bedford in 2020.


Fine art photography:
"Piedra y Sombra (Rock and Shadow)" shown at The Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Medicine

‘Piedra y Sombra (Rock and Shadow)’ represents a series of analog photographs utilizing the process of multiple exposures; a catalyst for multi-media projects emphasizing the impact of cultural diversity within natural surroundings. During excursions abroad, the project coincided with the documentation of botanical gardens, urban foliage, and the decayed landscapes of the Bronx.

Interaction of overlapping textures revealed a previous non-existent chronology that transcended the assignment into 3-dimensional objects, wearable art, vertical panoramas, and video indicative of the fusion of organic fauna with modern civilization; an archival anthology that consecrates natures’ significance as an impetus for artistic sustenance.


Photography Instructor:
to senior citizens at Serviam Gardens, Bronx, NY.

In partnership with ChaShaMa as Artist-in-Residence 2019 - 2020 and Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation, I developed and taught two semesters of beginner's digital studio photography and post production to a group of enthusiastic and enjoyable senior citizens at an independent living complex.

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