Rachel Weaver Rivera
Artist and Art Educator, Founder of Imagine Art Studio

Original Artwork, Professional Development Workshops, Art Instruction

Mixed Media Acrylic Paintings on Canvas


 

Artist Statement

 

Making art prepares one in small ways to meet greater challenges with creativity. My studio practice involves playing with materials as a way to think, feel, and figure out how images and objects can represent and embody ideas.

I put my faith in questions. My artworks are built from intuition, imagination, and freedom to look beyond the literal.

I began my career as a painter. Yet years of teaching art in a variety of educational and community settings have gradually challenged me to revisit my own approach to art-making. I am newly focused on art as a social and collaborative endeavor. My process has evolved from a solitary painting practice in the studio, to a now active pursuit of the creative contributions of others.

My daily work teaching studio art to children and frequent facilitation of community "art events" informs my on-going exploration of the connection between creativity and well-being.

If you are interested in setting up a studio visit, please contact me at imagineartstudio@sbcglobal.net or call 773-203-6659.

Selected Recent Art Exhibitions

2015-2017

  • Emmanuel Advent Art Exhibit, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange, IL
  • Earth Shall Remember Them, La Grange Park Public Library

2012-2014

  • Warrenville Inspired, Warrenville, IL
  • Where History and Progress Meet, West Chicago City Museum
  • Peace, Hope, and Light, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, LaGrange, IL
  • Places I Go to Think, West Chicago City Museum, "First Fridays" Event Space

2011

  • A Sense of Place, Caribou Coffee, LaGrange, IL 
  • Balancing Act: Interruptions and Transformation, Hinsdale Library, Hinsdale, IL

2010

  • Recent Paintings, Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL

2009

  • Members Show, Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL
  • ArtXposium, West Chicago

2008

  • A Declaration of Immigration, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
  • Pause: A Collaboration, Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL