Sunday, May 9, 2010

Art Work by Karin Rannestad

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The Burnham Libray of Bridgewater will feature the art work of Karin Rannestad, a Southbury resident, the month of May. Karin is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Albertus Magus College. She worked for many years designing patterns for various textile companies. Later in her career she became a therapeutic recreational director in a life care facility. Karin feels the "arts" are such wonderful healers and has used her art to help people feel connected to life.

Karin's art work is considered "eclectic" for she enjoys creating not only representative painting but paints in decorative and abstract styles as well. Often, she is asked if all the paintings are hers, because she paints in so many styles and medias. Her paintings will often include people, decorative themes, shapes and "lots of color." She particularly enjoyed creating a series of "Art Deco Ladies" which are fun and lively. "Everything that surrounds me ultimately affects my inner love to paint. I'm always searching for ways to express my art and hope my paintings bring color and joy into people's homes."

Karin is a member of the Washington Art Associations, the Watertown Art League, and the Kent Art Association. She exhibits her work in area art shops. Many of her paintings have been acquired by various collectors. She is currently is illustrating a children's book.