Melissa Lillie + Sean Riley Art Opening at Mezze July 11

Mezze Bistro + Bar of Williamstown will host an art opening on Monday, July 11, featuring selected works from Berkshire-based artists Melissa Matsuki Lillie and Sean Riley, from 5 to 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public, with light snacks and a cash bar.

The current Mezze Bistro exhibit is a combination of existing contemporary works exploring paintings and textiles using a variety of textures and patterns.

Melissa Matsuki Lillie’s artwork references natural and manmade forms using a personal visual language of vibrant colors and complex layers to reflect the macroscopic and microscopic world. Her paintings evoke a sense of space that has been flattened and layered, revealing strands and structures of line and color interacting fluidly with hidden landscapes. Elusive reference points can often be discerned through the interwoven layers. Lillie received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Originally from Maryland, she now lives in the Berkshires.

Sean Riley received his BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA, in 1999.  He then went onto the University of Pennsylvania to receive his MFA in Painting in 2004. Upon graduating from UPenn, Riley was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Since 2004, Riley has been in several group exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia and North Adams, MA. His first solo-exhibition, ‘Everything is OK’, was held in June of 2010 at MCLA Gallery 51 in North Adams. Over the next year he will be a resident at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and exhibiting his work in Charleston, SC, and in Troy, NY.

The artwork selected for Mezze comes from Riley’s latest body of work that takes inspiration from an extended stay in Italy as well as a fascination with quilt patterns. As part of his artistic practice, Riley is now making quilts in addition to paintings. He currently lives and works in North Adams, MA.


About Mezze Bistro + Bar

Mezze Bistro + Bar serves contemporary American cuisine highlighting the best of the season in support of independent farmers and artisan producers using sustainable practices. The food is handcrafted by Chef Joji Sumi who takes great care to source local and seasonal ingredients including farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses and breads. Menu items are paired alongside seasonal and small-production wines. Located in Williamstown at 777 Cold Spring Road, Mezze Bistro + Bar serves dinner nightly beginning at 5 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted. 

For more information or to make reservations for dinner the evening of the opening event, call 413.458.0123 or visit

The full-service restaurant is part of Mezze Restaurant Group, committed to buying locally and providing a wide diversity of fresh, seasonal foods from neighboring family farms, celebrating the bounty of the Berkshire region. Mezze Restaurant Group also includes Allium Restaurant + Bar of Great Barrington and Mezze Catering, which provides full-service event design and planning. For additional information, visit



Sean Riley:

A Plan, 2008, gouache on canvas, 10″ x 8″

Tumbling Blocks, 2009, paper collage, 54″ x 44″

Tuscan Diamond, 2010, gouache on canvas, 12″ x 12″

Melissa Lillie: