About Us

Bonbon's Treasure

Bonbon's Treasure was established in the year 2007, Alberta Canada, in memory of Bonbon Hsiao, sister of the founder Melanie Hsiao. Bonbon had always been Melanie's inspiration and support. Unfortunately, Bonbon lost her battle to cancer in 2002. Pressed Flower Art by Melanie reflects her love for Bonbon and her admiration for nature. 

Bonbon's Treasure is devoted to inspire and create. 

Melanie Hsiao

Hi, my name is Melanie Hsiao. I am a professional visual artist specializing in pressed flower art and painting. I studied commercial design and pressed flower art, and currently, I am in the Visual Art extension certificate program at the University of Alberta. I am a resident artist at Visual Arts Galleries and Studio in St. Albert Alberta.

I love arts since I was a little girl. I went to drawing and Chinese brush painting classes with my mother when I was a kid. I would think the love of art came from the influence of my father, who loved arts and literature in all his life. He wanted to be a writer. But his dream was shattered when the communist party took over his home in China.

  

I studied commercial design in Taiwan and advertising at the University of Texas, the United States; I practiced pressed flower art as a hobby for more than twelve years. I worked in corporate world for many years until the stage-three cancer in 2008 brought me back to the art I love when I asked myself what the last thing I wanted to do before I died. I quit my daytime job, picked up a brush and established my business "Bonbon’s Treasure" (named after my sister who died of cancer two months before her 40th birthday) promoting the art and painting with real flowers. 

Emigrating from Taiwan (a tropical island next to China) to Alberta, I clearly saw the uniquenesses and beauty of Alberta's landscapes, sunlight and plant species; I fall in love with the wild and untamed spirit of Alberta. It is my lifetime commitment to advocate the beauty and importance of protecting our lands, the boreal forests and all the living creatures who call this precious land home.

Melanie Hsiao

Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions (group)


  • 2016~2018  St. Albert Art Walk - Bookstore on Perron Street
  • 2016, 2018  By Hand - Canada's Artisan Gift Show
  • 2015 ~ 2017  Indie Handmade, St. Albert
  • 2015 ~ 2017  Festival of Craft, Calgary
  • 2014 ~ 2017  Alberta Gift Fair (wholesale)
  • 2014 ~ 2018  St. Albert Painters Guild Art Shows
  • 2014  Kaleidoscope Family Arts Festival, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2014  Art Exhibition, Misericordia Community Hospital
  • 2011   Articulture Art Exhibition, St. Albert City Cultivate Life - St. Albert Mural Mosaic (#4)
  • 2010   Mona Lisa Club Show, Hidden Talents Art School
  • 2009, 2010  Christmas Art Show, the Spot Light Gallery, Hidden Talents Art School
  • 2009  St. Albert Trade Show

Education/Training

  • Visual Arts Extension Program,      University of Alberta (2015~present)
  • Certified pressed flower art instructor, Shin-Yuan Pressed Flower Art Teaching Institute, Taiwan
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Canada
  • Bachelor of Science in      Advertising, University of Texas at      Austin, USA
  • Commercial Design, Ming Chuang Commercial College, Taipei, Taiwan

Professional Development

  • Resident artist and board member of Visual Art Galleries and Studio Association, St. Albert
  • Member of Visual Art Alberta - CARFAC 
  • Member of St. Albert Painters Guild
  • 2014, watercolour painting study with Willie Wong , Edmonton Alberta
  • 2013, certified pressed flower art instructor, Shin-Yuan Pressed Flower Art Teaching Institute, Taiwan
  • 2013-2014, oil painting study at Pro Arts School, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2008-2012, oil painting study at Hidden Talent Art School, Edmonton Alberta