Exhibition: In A Good Place

Arts and Entertainment

November 21, 2016

From: Archway Gallery

Houston, Texas  - Shirl Riccetti's  exhibition, In A Good Place, will be on view January 7 through February 2, 2017. The artist will be available to visit with guests during the opening reception on Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 5 8 p.m. with an artist's talk at 6:30 p.m.

Shirl Riccetti presents "….In a Good Place", a whimsical collection of watercolors, drawings, and musings.  Each colorful piece brings a place, a time, and a feeling together and invites the viewer to share these moments in time with the artist. Riccetti explains that being in "a good place" could be a physical location, a moment shared, or a friend's laughter.

Shirl Riccetti has combined the whimsy of her sketchbook pen drawings, inspired by her travels, with a variety of other sketches selected from the plethora of her sketchbooks to create this recent body of work. Each painting tells a visual story  enhanced by the fact that her paintings are inspired by the sketchbook drawings which note sights, sounds, smells, and even the weather.   When creating a painting from these small sketches, Riccetti  finds that the senses noted actually bring the image and travel experience back to life.

"Art has given me a life-long joy.  It has thrust me into the adventure of constant absorption of my surroundings. Art has introduced me to people who have enriched my life with their talents, their generosity, and probably their attitude toward life in general," Riccetti says contemplatively then continued, "As a child, my family gave me confidence because they believed in me and respected my talents. As a teen, my education was geared toward art and I learned art basics. As an adult, my art jobs all built on one another and were in the field of commercial art; this was prior to computers and was at a time when pens and ink ruled!"

Riccetti received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of St. Francis. She continued her education at the La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute and Rice University. Her fascination with Oriental painting led her to study with Roland Hsu, Dao Truong, and Weihong. Riccetti's international painting trips include the Mas de la Chappelle, Provence, the Couvent du Jardon, Aups in France, as well as the Amalfi Coast of Italy, Spain, Portugal and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Freelance artwork, calligraphy, and teaching in an art enrichment program for decades have influenced Riccetti's gallery work.  She maintains professional and active memberships in organizations such as the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, Visual Arts Alliance, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, and Houston Calligraphy Guild. Riccetti writes a monthly column for W-ASH, called "Art on the Go", for artists who travel. She has been represented by numerous galleries and has been included in various exhibitions in Austin, Corpus Christi, Rockport, Salado, Spring and Sugarland, Texas.   

Shirl Riccetti has been with Archway Gallery since 1993, and is the hostess for Archway's popular "Tea and Tour." Her delightful persona enhances the en