Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes, Philadelphia, PA Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement Michelle is an award-winning fine art photographer and digital artist from Philadelphia, and uses a variety of techniques (traditional film, antique viewfinders, digital collage and painting) to create her art. Her work has been featured in a number of venues, including the Tiberino Memorial Museum (PA), City Hall (Phila, PA), Straube Art Center (NJ), and the Space Gallery (CA). Her photography was selected as the cover art for the 2009 “Paws of Charity” Art Book benefiting the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, her whimsical collection of nursery art called “Alphabet Soup!” is available as children’s book by the same name, and her artwork will also appear in the forthcoming book “Love From Me” in 2011. Michelle’s collection of whimsical photo collages, “Little Poems,” will also be available as a line of calendars, journals, and bookmarks available at Barnes & Noble and other major retailers in 2013. When she’s not crawling through the grass to capture the perfect photograph, Michelle continues to write and publish short fiction and non-fiction work that appears in numerous anthologies. She lives just outside the city with her husband, two young boys, and one very badly behaved dog. She invites everyone to visit her blog: http://www.mkcphotography.com/blog where she shares a different "story behind the picture" every week.