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April Artist-in-Residence: Susan Tonkin Riegel

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Susan Tonkin Riegel, Red Sky, 2009. Photo by Jess Riegel.

Personal Letters: Expressing Ourselves through a Mixed-Media Dialogue
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Fridays 6–8:45 pm

de Young Artist-in-Residence Susan Tonkin Riegel is a mixed-media artist who loves the language of symbols and archetypes. Her spontaneous and intuitive process records glimpses of her personal life and dreams.

The studio will be an intimate space for visitors to find their artistic voices by using acrylic paint, pastels, graphite, thread, and paper to create letters expressing personal intentions. The intentions can be wishes, prayers, or anything that calls forth new blessings and directions in life. This is a powerful way to manifest deep-rooted desires or inner evolutions that need to take place. The letters will then be encapsulated in clear acetate and suspended from the ceiling.

Born in San Francisco, Susan Tonkin Riegel currently practices in Northern California. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she studied with notable Bay Area Figurative painters Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown; received her master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento; and has shown her work in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions.

Tonkin Riegel loves the language of symbols, archetypes, numbers, and letters. Her process is spontaneous and intuitive as she allows her materials to guide her and rhythmic world beats to fuel her creative process, energizing her to draw, paint, cut, rip, paste, and sew. She makes marks instinctively, reflecting what she is internalizing in the moment as well as her underlying aspiration to keep each piece raw, direct, and underworked.

Children's art, outsider art, personal travels, and her powerful dream life have all strongly influenced Tonkin Riegel’s work. The artist’s intention is to allow her pieces to naturally evolve throughout the creative process, until they possess souls of their own. Glowing with authenticity, Tonkin Riegel’s work reflects her deep commitment to her inner voice. Her paintings resonate with both innocent freshness and undeniable familiarity.

Friday, April 26, 6-8:45 pm | Artist Reception
Celebrate the artist's residency with light refreshments.

Ticket Information

The Kimball Education Gallery is located in the free zone of the museum; no tickets are required. Please drop by anytime during open hours.

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Andrea Martin