Artist Rita Iriarte’s latest show is about to open at Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre in Vankleek Hill. A well-known artist, Iriarte fell in love with painting in 1963, and has been actively evolving as an artist for more than 50 years. Anyone who has seen Rita’s works at one of her 123 exhibitions in the past 25 years, knows that there is nothing timid about her style. Her works are large, colourful and full of energy. She also experiments with different styles, such as her “Japanese period,” and paints on unusual mediums such as satin, woven straw mats, glass, wooden panels, cotton and leather.

Iriarte has been  teaching  art since 1992 both in Caracas and Canada, to students of all ages, in summer camps, in galleries, at home, which also included clay pots by hand and on the wheel, and faux-vitrail, portraiture, landscapes  and the basics of drawing and painting.

“It has been very exciting every time! I put the first stroke of paint on each canvas and then turn it into a riot of color.   Every work is a piece of my soul,  a zap of  my energy,  a bit of my world,” says Iriarte.

The present show, titled, Ma Raison D’être begins on October 2 and continues until November 3. You can experience a slice of Iriarte’s world and meet this remarkable artist at the vernissage on October 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre is located in Vankleek Hill at 36 Home Avenue.