Painting
Mercer County
304-425-6140
B.S. Education (Concord Univ)
M.S. Art Education (Radford Univ)


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Jewelry making, Painting

Rita J. Montrosse

I paint in watercolor…I am also a jeweler who casts and fabricates fine jewelry. My paintings reflect a personal relationship with my environment either at home in the mountains of West Virginia or in my travels. My many sketches and photographs provide material for my watercolors/mixed media paintings, and influence my jewelry designs.  Whichever media I use, I work in a series starting with a representational theme and pushing it as far as I can in developing the concepts. I do not set a limit to the number in a series, just working it until it seems complete. Often a series will be revisited because I can’t release it or I have had an insight into a new composition arrangement.

Biography

I feel fortunate to live in the beautiful state of West Virginia and work at what I love as an art teacher and an artist/artisan.

Secondary Art Teacher, Mercer County, Princeton, WV
Adjunct Jewelry, Watercolor and Art Education Instructor, Concord University, Athens, WV
AP Studio Art Instructor, Center for Professional Development,  Charleston, WV

Awards:
Allied Arts of West Virginia
Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition
Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous Exhibition
Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair Art Show, Ripely, WV
Orange County National Watercolor Exhibition, New York, NY
Rhododendron State Outdoor Arts & Crafts Fair, Charleston, WV
River Cities Second Annual Exhibition, Ceredo, WV
Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition
Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show
Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, VA
West Virginia Watercolor Society

One Person Shows:
The Bronze Look Gallery, Princeton, WV
The Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton, WV
The Art Depot, Abingdon, VA
Ghent Gallery, Norfolk, VA
Inter-American Development Bank Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Alexander Fine Arts Center Gallery, Athens, WV
Paint Box Gallery, Beckley, WV
Herbert Gallery, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV
Paine Gallery, Arts and Crafts Center, Bluefield, WV
High Country Gallery, Lewisburg, WV
Pulaski Art Center, Pulaski, VA
Lexington Guild Gallery, Lexington, NC
Carnegie, Lewisburg, WV