Cynthia J. Rider Artworks
Exhibited March, 2006

     Colorful artworks ranging from botanical realism to Wild West visions by Mesa Art League President CJ Rider were displayed during March in the visitor center gallery at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Rider spent her early life in a small town on the coast of California. Since those early days, she has visited and lived in many different states, experiencing local flavors from each. The breadth of her work depicts poignant moments and local flavor. Reviewers have commented that her portraits are filled with emotion, her landscapes capture Arizona's rugged natural beauty, and her abstracts touch upon thoughts deeper and more profound.

     "I resist being restricted or stereotyped as a certain type of artist," Rider said. "I use whatever medium best suits my subject and I render whatever subject best suites my objective." Rider's award-winning artwork has found its place in homes and businesses across the United States and can be seen in various local displays, shows and galleries.

     Rider is a strong advocate for community arts; since her election as president of the Mesa Art League in 2003 she has promoted East Valley galleries, shows, art programs and artists. During the past two years of her leadership Mesa Art League's membership has swelled, and members are now more actively involved in the community.

     "I want this league to embrace the area artisans - to give them a place to work and to achieve recognition through league displays, competitions and
community ourtreach projects," said Rider, who founded the "Budding Artist Program" where Mesa Art League members volunteer their time and talent to
mentor children in the arts at the Save the Family organization. Rider's dedication was noticed by fellow artists, who nominated her for the 2005 Business in the Arts Award (she was also honored with recognition on the Arizona Commission on the Arts "Kudos" page). A Winter devoid of rain has drained all but earth tones from CJ's beloved desert; fortunately her gallery exhibit offers a lovely glimpse of botany and Sonoran scenes.

     "And I encourage visitors to pack a picnic lunch, arrive early and make a day of viewing both the gallery exhibit and the actual catalyst for elements of this show: the indelible scenes around the Arboretum grounds which serve as my muse and inspiration," said Rider.

    Correspond with the artist by email to CJ@RiderCreations.com, or else view thumbnail images from the exhibit and also review a price list at http://ridercreations.com/BTA%20PRICE%20SHEET.htm

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