Join us for our next Gallery Night, an exhibition opening with Caldwell artist RitaMarie Cimini. Free. Open to the public. Light snacks and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
RitaMarie is a painter who has practiced daily meditation for more than 30 years. Her personal meditation practice has defined the way she views the world and affected her approach to painting. She is seeking to use her paintings to allow the viewer to experience calmness, peace and energy, just as they might from practicing meditation.
"My objective is to draw the viewer to step away from their daily life and to be fully present to an internal peace while in front of the canvas. I seek to communicate with the viewer by appealing to curiosity and an attraction to the lovely, to the peaceful.
Some of these paintings include a more direct representation of everyday experiences of the sky or clouds or water to invoke a sense timelessness, and tap into our collective consciousness via common experiences. I have chosen to reconstruct familiar spatial appearances, informed by the common experiences of weather and environment in order to evoke shared human emotions such as peace, joy, sorrow, and ecstasy and to engage the emotions of the viewer directly. The reaction to sunny days or rainy days is universal. My focus is not on reproducing realistic representation of clouds and atmosphere, but rather on the interplay between colors and light and shadow, which has a direct and deeper emotional impact on the viewer."