Arts in the Park ‘Artist of the Year’ Selected

Heléna Melone

The Arts in the Park Event Committee is pleased to announce Heléna Melone of Datura Arts as the 2023 Artist of the Year!

As both a visual artist and a dancer, Heléna’s work is rooted in the seasonal rhythms of mid-coast Maine: seasonal, diurnal, lunar, tidal, and heartbeat. The form of her visual art is inspired by Japanese Shinto scrolls, and its content is inspired by the natural world around us as it transforms throughout the year.

Painting on silk, a canvas that moves with every breath and gesture, she seeks to mirror the evanescence of life, evoke the magic of encounters with the other-than-human world, and remind us of our interconnectedness. The potent beauty and vitality of the landscape around us comes to life in all her creations: silk paintings, wearables, home décor and more.

Find out more about Heléna and her works at

Arts in the Park will be held June 24 & 25, 2023 at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast.