Spalding to be an Art on Main guest artist



Rita Spalding is delighted to be one of February’s guest artists at Art on Main Gallery & Gifts.

“Carmel is a thriving area. I’ve got a lot of clients there,” said Spalding, who lives in the Irvington area of Indianapolis. “They are close by so they can come in see the new stuff. It’s going to be mostly florals to tie into Valentine’s Day. There will be softer colors.”

The exhibit is titled “Nuances: Paintings by Rita Spalding.” Kim Greene, one of Art on Main’s co-owners, has taken private lessons from Spalding. Art on Main opened in September 2017.

Spalding will be part of the opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Art on Main, 111 W. Main St. The Carmel Art Walk is set from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb.10.

Spalding specializes in still life paintings and pet and people portraits, among others.

“I’ll bring some of my pet portraits because that will fit in,” Spalding said. “Most people are crazy about their pups.”

She also has designed yoga pants and dresses for the past year and will bring some examples.

“I show my work in Europe and all over the country,” Spalding said. “I travel quite a bit with painting, so that reflects my paintings.”

Spalding will be hold a demonstration and art discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 at Art on Main.

“It will be an educational sort of thing about what makes a good painting,” Spalding said.

Spalding will return to Art on Main from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20 for an art workshop for a limited number of seven participants.

“I’ll be doing an art demonstration, and then they will be painting,” she said.

Spalding has had a studio at the Stutz Art Gallery for 12 years in Indianapolis. Spalding, who previously worked in the home construction field, has been a full-time artist since 2009.

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