Listening Room Concert with Stu Dias, featuring the art of Melissa Rioux

Artsworth is proud to present an evening with singer songwriter Stu Dias, featuring the paintings of local artist, Melissa Rioux. 

Stu Dias is a singer/songwriter from the New Hampshire seacoast with a wide range of influences from Fats Waller to Tom Waits.  He plays most often with the New Orleans flavored septet The Soggy Po Boys but is active with several other projects. His songwriting can be characterized as “not James Taylor” and “decent at daybreak on a farm”. 

Melissa Rioux was born and raised in Blue Hill Maine, the oldest of five. She earned her BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and worked the next decade for not for profit, Publicolor, and taught jewelry making at the 92nd ST Y. In 2015 she returned home with her husband, Luke Hutchins, and started building their family. Melissa is an artist, educator and mother of Maggie Pearl, 5, and Robin Burliegh, 3, who keep her busy when she isn’t teaching art at George Stevens Academy!

Artist Statement

As of late I’m investigating the role art plays in all of our lives. I am in awe of my children, I am in awe of the rare opportunity I had to return to my birthplace and buy a house built by my ancestors. In this phase of my creation, I’m discovering the economical hand of a new(ish) mother. In this show I am sharing playful watercolor landscapes, but I’m a jeweler, bookbinder, painter-maker that finds it hard to sit still and do just one thing, so who knows what will show up on the table on April 29th. My work references a sense of place, my connection to the ocean and my family. A couple of years ago I found new love in the exploration and challenge of Egg Tempera. I expect it will last a lifetime, and look forward to the adventure. It has been the perfect medium to explore sentimental portraits of my children. Whatever the medium, my work serves as a communication of love, intention or nostalgia.

There is limited capacity for this show.

Due to the nature of the event we are requiring masks and proof of vaccination. 

To reserve your seat, please email artsworthstudios@gmail.com

Suggested Donation: $20

Doors at 6:30, Music from 7-8:30.