....."Inspiration arrives, softly, caressing as the wind,
or in a rush, to lift you up,
it is a moment of beauty that opens the heart,
stirs the soul,
and makes one feel alive.".....

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Meet Rita V.

  Artifex Quod Spiritus .....Altum Volat

Rita enjoys being an artist and children’s book illustrator, and as I continued to explore the various mediums of painting, I am blessed with the freedom of finding never ending inspiration, and even though I am mainly a self taught painter, I am grateful for the experience and chance to share my vision.

As a Zen Master Doodler in school, not a note book was safe. As a child my father allowed me to splash and paint murals on the walls in my bedroom. How lucky can an painter get? As a teenager I backpacked from Ontario to the Atlantic Provinces, and the wonderlust still lives in my heart. The journey of life has held me in fascination all these years.

In January 2002, I took my first class in watercolor with Kathy Rath. I feel inspired by People, you who I meet in my journey, Nature, the Impressionist, Group of Seven, Klimpt, Waterhouse, Michelangelo, the Renaissances and life in all its continuing creative expressions.

Though I am mainly a self taught painter, I have participated in workshop classes at Bear Creek Studio by Kathy Rath, Arial Lyons, Karen Campbell, and Winter Wednesdays with Sarnia Artist’s Workshop.

I have participated in Master Class workshops with Ed Shawcross and Margaret Roseman in 2005, and Tom Lynch in 2006. I am a member of The Sarnia-Lambton Artists Council, Lawrence House Center for The Arts, and Showcase. Treasurer of Sarnia Artist’s Workshop from August 2003 -2012, and was a member of “The 6 + 1 Art Group”. I did teach a watercolor class for the grade six to eights at the local school and an exploring art class with "school at home children", Plus I have been a Snowfest sculptor ..

I have had the privilege to be the Set Painter, for The Play Man of La Mancha ,
working with an amazing group of people.

 

... Such is the life of living in the mystery, reaching for the spiritual, and having passion in each day...

Rita Viscount,
July, 2015

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CURRICULUM VITAE:

Artifex Vita Quod Spiritus:

And more......

Group Shows:

  • Paint Ontario 2015. 3 Juried  Entry Show.
  • Lawrence House Centre for the Arts – Floyd Gibson Members Juried Show January 2015.
  • Lawrence House Centre for the Arts –Wrap it Up Show-  December 2014
  • Lawrence House Centre for the Arts - June 2014, Members’ Open Studio.
  • Lawrence House Centre for the Arts December 2014th
  • Lawton Gallery – 2010 to 2013 multiple shows.
  • 6+1 Art Group shows – Zonys Gallery from 2008 - 2012.
  • Sarnia Artists’ Workshop – “ Art at the Lake” November 2003 to 2012

Recent Solo Shows:

  • Lawton Gallery – Collected works - 2011
  • Alternate Grounds “Just Read Robbook signing – 2011
  • Lawton Gallery – Collected works & Mimi book signing – 2010
  • Lawrence House Center for the Arts – Solo Show August 2005 &  August 2006.

Books Illustrated:

  • "Just Read Rob" written by Kailey Robertson 2011
  • “What Color Is Your Heart” written by Linda Reau – 2010.
     ~ Gold - Mom's Choice Awards - Children's Picture Book (2011)
  • “Mimi the Inchworm” written by Sue-Beth Balash - 2009.

Treasurer: for the Sarnia Artist’s Workshop, from Aug. 2003 – Dec 31. 2012.

Donated three paintings to Gallery Lambton Building Fundraiser 2010 –two sold.

Snowfest SculptorSarnia:

  • Team U.S.A.  ~Awarded “Peoples Choice” & “First Place” ~ January 18th 2012
  • Team Lawrence House.  ~Awarded the "Artists Choice” ~ January 2008.
  • Participated in Snowfest from 2006 – 2012.

Imperial Theatre: Set painter design

  •  Annie, Imperial Theatre, Sarnia Ont.2012.
  • 42nd St., Imperial Theatre, Sarnia Ont. 2011.
  • Cinderella, Imperial Theatre, Sarnia Ont. 2009.
  • Man of La Mancha, Imperial Theatre, Sarnia Ont. 2008.

 3rd Solo Exhibition of Paintings at Alternate Grounds Café- 410 Front St. Sarnia. September 2008.

 Solo Show at the Lawrence House Center for the Arts - August 2006.

 Earlier Shows:

• Group Show with 6 + 1 Art Group at Grace Brothers Gallery, Sarnia Ont. May 2008.
• Group Show with Sarnia Artist Workshop, December 2007, at the Lawrence House Center for the Arts- 127 Christina St. Sarnia On.
• “© Insight between White and Black” Juried into the Gallery in The Grove Invitational 2007.
• “©Shelter from the Storm” Juried into the Paint Ontario 2007 show.
• Group Show with Sarnia Artist Workshop, January 2007 at Gallery in the Grove.
• 2nd Solo Exhibition of Paintings at Alternate Grounds Café- 410 Front St. Sarnia. October 2006.
• Solo Show at the Lawrence House Center for the Arts - August 2006.
• “©Silver Sun” Juried into the Paint Ontario 2006 show.
• Artist of the Month for "Showcase" located in the Lawrence House Center for the Arts
      ~ Solo Show August 2005. .
• Acrylic “© Ice Flowing- Guthrie Park Corunna “Juried into Paint Ontario 2005 show.
• 1ST Solo Exhibition of Paintings at Alternate Grounds Café- 410 Front St. Sarnia. February 2005.
• Plein Aire oil painting “© Windy Day – St Clair River” accepted into Juried Look 2004
 at gallery Lambton.
• Acrylic Painting “© Path to the Lake “accepted into Juried Gallery in The Grove Show 2004.

Donations:
• Donated three paintings to Gallery Lambton fundraiser sale 2011.
• Donated three painting to " "For the Love Joanne Klauke-Labelle" ( Harmony for Youth founder) charity event in Sarnia in 2012 .
• Volunteered for Rayjon/ YMCA International Development Committee to plan, and coordinate a team of grade eight students from St. Joseph’s School to produce a six by twelve banner for the Forum on Unity, Peace, and Justice held Nov.13 2004.
• Designed, painted, and donated the logo 2004 for The Autism Society of Sarnia/Lambton.
• Donated miniatures to Gallery Lambton fundraisers from 2003 to 2007.
• Donated six miniature paintings to YMCA International Development Committee fundraiser in 2003.

Commissions:
• Portrait of Mrs Hugh Bromley. 2010.
• Original concept design for “©Concept Fabric of The Universe” Gifted to Margaret Nelson Director Catholic School Board- Lambton County by the Episcopal Vicar Fr. Jim Higgins. January 2006.
• Commissioned to Paint “© Fabric of the Universe” By Fr. Jim Higgins and the Parish as a gift to Bishop Fabbro. April 2005.

Fabric Art:
Designed, sewed, and donated a pulpit cloth for St Joseph’s Church Corunna, 2005.


• Parent Coordinator for “Families and Schools Together” St Joseph’s School Corunna an initiative through the Family Counselling Center, from 2004 – 2008.

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