Rita Sklar

Rita SklarAbout the Artist Rita Sklar’s recent body of works builds on her ongoing exploration of urban and natural life using watercolors and mixed media. “Sklar skillfully juggles organic and geometric forms, transparent and opaque paint – all held together by a basic abstract underlying shape. It is this intricate dance, rendered in strong color and value, which produces her exciting paintings.” “Bay Area artist Rita Sklar depicts birds in her compelling paintings. By choosing species at risk and emphasizing their beauty, Sklar wants to remind us that the diminishing populations not only are a loss to birders but send an urgent warning about the health of our environment.” Golden Gate Audubon 2010 Rita Sklar is an award-winning artist. Sklar’s works are in private and public collections across the country and in Europe.
Selected Awards and Honors Finalist BBC Wildlife Artist of 2011 Filoli Gardens Watercolor Competition Postcard Selection 2011 City of Oakland Cultural Arts Grant 2009-2010 Alameda County Arts Commission for Juvenile Justice Center 2009 Triton Museum Statewide Watercolor Competition 2010 First Place, Peninsula JCC Community Arts Show 2010 Second Place, Oakland Art Association at John Muir Hospital, 2010 Best of Show, SF Women Artists Gallery, Aug/ March 2011, Feb10, Mar 09 Selected for the National California Watercolor Association Exhibit 2010, 2009 Honorable Mention, Filoli Garden Estates Annual, CWA 2009 Honorable Mention, EBMUD, California Watercolor Association 2009 Third Place, John Muir Medical Center, Oakland Art Association, 2009 First Place, Orinda Library OAA August 2008 Best of Show, SFWA Gallery, May and August 2008 Selected for Pro Arts Annual 2008 City of Oakland Cultural Arts Grant 2007 Best of Show, S.F. Women Artists Gallery, March, April and July 2007 First Place, Metropolitan Transportation Center, Oakland Art Association 2007 Best of Show, SFWA Gallery March and June 2006 Third Place, Art Concepts Gallery, California Watercolor Association 2005 Second Place, John Muir Medical Center, Oakland Art Association 2005 Grumbacher Award, San Leandro Art Association 2004 Best of Show, Frank Bette Gallery, March and June 2004 Special Award, San Francisco Flyway Festival, 2004 First Place, Oakland Art Association at Kaiser Center 2003 First Place, San Leandro Art Association 2002 Second Place, CWA at Pacific Wildlife Gallery 2002 Selected by the Muir Heritage Trust for Greeting Cards and Prints 2002 Selected Solo Shows California State Building, Oakland May-June 2010 Lindsay Wildlife Museum 2008 Oakland Zoo 2007 Albany Community Center and Library 2007 Tilden Park Nature Center 2006 Montclair Gallery 2005 Metropolitan Transportation Commission 2005 Wente Vineyards Estate Winery 2004 East Bay Municipal Utility District 2004 Peace Corps Office, San Francisco 2004 Pro Arts Gallery’s Broadway Windows Project 2004 Selected Juried Group Shows • Filoli Gardens 2008 • Expressions Gallery, Berkeley 2009 • Alameda County Fair 2005, 2004 • Art Concepts Gallery • San Francisco Women Artists Gallery • Georgi Gallery • Frank Bette Art Gallery, Alameda • Sebastopol Center for the Arts • Pacific Wildlife Gallery, Lafayette • Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont • Oakland Chamber of Commerce • One Market Plaza, San Francisco • Gualala Art Center Membership Signature Member California Watercolor Association East Bay Women Artists since 2003. San Francisco Women Artists since 2005.
In her recent work, she is exploring the dimensionality- emotional, perceptive and symbolic- of vanishing species and traditions. The wildlife and people are reverently depicted, using maps in unique ways to convey the importance of place. These paintings signal the fundamental dichotomy of the beauty and value of wildlife and the longing for resolution of that which is threatening them. Her paintings reflect a balance between the reality of representational shapes and forms juxtaposed with abstract backgrounds. The addition of maps weaves a distinctive tapestry that adds complexity and texture. Sklar’s affection for wildlife often reveals, at the same time, the violence and the tenderness of our times. Sklar searches for new ways to express the singularity and the diversity of our fragile world.

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