A lifelong artist, her girlhood joy in making art was interrupted by a variety of things, including earning a PhD from Columbia University and a marriage of 56 years (so far) and a family of four now-grown children.
Upon moving to the ridge-side of Half-Moon Township in 1981, she was inspired by the beautiful landscape to re-immerse herself in painting. This led her to studies at Penn State's School of Visual Arts. Over time, she writes, "the landscapes moved inside me to become mindscapes and then my theatrical collages."
Ritti's first collage exhibits were with The International Pig Mail Art group centered in Belgium and Central Europe, and then elsewhere in Europe and the USA with the international Alliance of Women's Artists. The winner of multiple awards, her work has been featured in multiple juried and solo shows, including in Central Pennsylvania.
As Ritti says, "Right now the characters in my images tell me that they still have a lot to say and want to say it with paper cut-outs, feathers, netting, glitter, old tickets, jewelry, beads, yarn, ribbon and so on. The list is endless. So is the challenge."
The exhibition is open June 3rd to June 26th