About the Artist

Watercolors by Rita Sklar

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Award-winning artist Rita Sklar lives and paints in Castro Valley, California. She is a member of the California Watercolor Association, East Bay Women Artists and San Francisco Women Artists.

In my recent work, I am 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. My 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. My affection for wildlife often reveals, at the same time, the violence and the tenderness of our times. I search for new ways to express the singularity and the diversity of our fragile world.

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About 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
Alameda County Arts Commission for Juvenile Justice Center
California Watercolor Association, Art Concepts Gallery, Third Place
California Watercolor Association Exhibit National Show
California Watercolor Association at EBMUD, Honorable Mention
CWA at Pacific Wildlife Gallery, 2nd Place
Filoli Gardens Watercolor Competition Postcard Selection
Filoli Garden Estates Annual, Honorable Mention
Finalist BBC Wildlife Artist
Best of Show, Frank Bette Gallery, Best of Show
Muir Heritage Trust, Selected for Greeting Cards and Prints
Museum on Main, First Prize (Pleasanton)
Oakland Art Association at John Muir Hospital, Second Place
Oakland Art Association at MTC, First Place
Oakland Art Association at Kaiser Center, First Place
Oakland Cultural Arts Grant
Orinda Library OAA, First Place
Peninsula JCC Community Arts Show, First Place
SF Women Artists Gallery, Best of Show
San Francisco Flyway Festival, Special Award
San Leandro Art Association, First Place
San Leandro Art Association, Grumbacher Award Second Place
Triton Museum Statewide Watercolor Competition

Selected Solo Shows
Albany Community Center and Library
Artworks Downtown (San Rafael)
Cafe del Soul (San Rafael)
California State Building, Oakland
Castro Valley Library
Center for the Arts (Castro Valley)
East Bay Municipal Utility District
Harrington Gallery
Hayward Public Library
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Montclair Gallery
Mountain View Center for Performing Arts
Oakland Zoo
Orinda Library
Peace Corps Office, San Francisco
Pro Arts Gallery’s Broadway Windows Project
Rockridge Cafe (Oakland)
Tilden Park Nature Center
Wente Vineyards Estate Winery

Selected Juried Group Shows
Adobe Gallery (Castro Valley)
Alameda County Fair (Pleasanton)
Art Concepts Gallery (Walnut Creek)
Bothwell Arts Center (Livermore)
Coastside Land Trust Gallery (Half Moon Bay)
Curated by the Sea Gallery(Sta. Cruz)
Expressions Gallery, Berkeley
Filoli Gardens (Woodside)
Frank Bette Art Gallery (Alameda)
Georgi Gallery (Berkeley)
Gualala Art Center (Gualala)
John O'Lague Gallery (Hayward)
Museum on Main (Pleasanton)
New Museum Gallery (Los Gatos)
Oakland Chamber of Commerce
Olive Hyde Gallery (Fremont)
One Market Plaza, San Francisco
Pacific Wildlife Gallery, Lafayette
Sacramento Fine Arts (Sac.)
San Francisco Women Artists Gallery
San Pablo Historical Society (San Pablo)
San Ramon City Hall (San Ramon)
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Studio Gallery (SF)
Sun Gallery (Castro Valley)
Valley Arts (Walnut Creek)

Art, Inc.
California Watercolor Association Signature Member
East Bay Women Artists
Oakland Art Association
Pro Arts Gallery
San Francisco Women Artists

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