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Sklar’s recent body of works builds on her ongoing exploration of urban and natural landscapes 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.

She has attended workshops led by nationally known artists and trained with a watercolor master in Madrid. She draws inspiration from her life in the multi-cultural Bay Area, rich also with wild birds and extensive parks.

Rita Sklar is an award-winning artist. Sklar’s works are in private collections across the country and in Europe.

Selected Awards and Honors
Finalist for BBC Wildlife Artist of…

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  • Joined May 26, 2008

Favorite materials

Watercolor, mixed media, collage, maps, acrylic, oil pastel, watercolor inks, ink, mediums, yupo, tyvek, illustration board

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About

Sklar’s recent body of works builds on her ongoing exploration of urban and natural landscapes 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.

She has attended workshops led by nationally known artists and trained with a watercolor master in Madrid. She draws inspiration from her life in the multi-cultural Bay Area, rich also with wild birds and extensive parks.

Rita Sklar is an award-winning artist. Sklar’s works are in private collections across the country and in Europe.

Selected Awards and Honors
Finalist for BBC Wildlife Artist of 2011
Best of Show, SFWA Gallery, May 2008
Selected for Pro Arts Annual 2008
Honorable Mention, John Muir Medical Center CWA 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
Third Place, John Muir Medical Center, Oakland Art Association 2006
Third Place, Art Concept Gallery, California Watercolor Association 2005
Second Place, John Muir Medical Center, Oakland Art Association 2005
Honorable Mention, Orinda Library, Oakland Art Association
Grumbacher Award, San Leandro Art Association 2004
Second Place, 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, California Watercolor Association at Pacific Wildlife Gallery 2002
Selected by the Muir Heritage Trust for Greeting Cards and Prints 2002


Selected Solo Shows
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
· Alameda County Fair 2005, 2004
· John Muir Medical Center
· Art Concepts Gallery
· Orinda Library
· San Francisco Women Artists Gallery
· Georgi Gallery
· Frank Bette Art Gallery, Alameda
· Sebastopol Center for the Arts
· CA Watercolor Association Gallery, Danville
· Pacific Wildlife Gallery, Lafayette
· The Kaiser Center, Oakland
· Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont
· Oakland Chamber of Commerce
· One Market Plaza, San Francisco
· Gualala Art Center


Selected Group Shows
· Royal Ground Gallery, Montclair
· San Francisco Flyway Festival
· Solano Bar and Grill, Albany
· Casa Peralta Celebration, San Leandro
· Swan’s Window Project, Oakland
· Jack London Square, Artship Foundation
· Broadway Windows Art, Artship Foundation
· Sunset Headquarters, Menlo Park


Membership
Rita Sklar was juried into the East Bay Women Artists in 2003.
She was juried into the San Francisco Women Artists in 2005.
Pro Arts Gallery
California Watercolor Association
Oakland Art Association

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