The Art of James Mellick: About
Heartwood Studio and Farm produces fine art, healthy vegetables, skilled students and great memories for grandchildren.
From 1997 to 1998, starting on his 50th birthday, Jim Mellick with the help of friends and family built the homestead near Marysville, Ohio. It was like making a very big sculpture to live in.
For several months Jim drove from the suburb of Columbus to west of Marysville, Ohio to work on his home. Tiring of the daily drive, he built a 10 x 20 foot shed to sleep in and store his tools. He had all the comforts of home with a telephone, a cot, a small fridge, kerosene heater and a dog.
After the house was built, Jim with the help of farmer neighbors, built a small out building for his two llamas. Both of the llamas came from a farm near Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
All this time Jim was creating dust in the house with his woodworking shop in the basement so he borrowed some money and built the studio barn to house his workshop and provide a loft space for teaching. For a short time he offered community classes at the "Heartwood School" and still takes on an apprentice now and then.
Jim and Marcia Mellick are serious gardeners and now tend three gardens during the summer. They donate 80 percent of their produce to the food pantry. 2013 was a very productive year and 2,300 lbs. of produce were donated.
While Jim has recently retired after teaching at Cedarville University for six years, he continues to work with serious young apprentices in exchange for help on the farm during the summer months.
Heartwood Studios and the James Mellick "brand" is associated with:
An American Craftsman Gallery in New York
Del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles
Spagio, Granview Heights, in Columbus where he has his sculptures on display.
Beside gardening, music brings a welcome distraction to art making. In the past Jim had his own country, gospel, folk band called "Heartwood and Friends" which played in community gigs and entertaining with their original music related to life in the country.