California artist to show works in Lafayette

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LAFAYETTE – Rita Joyce, a California artist who is spending the summer in the Lake Mohawk area, will do a fine art show as a guest artist of Nicola Jane Interiors at The Shoppes at Lafayette Village on Oct. 20.

There will be hors d’oeuvers and sparkling wine served at the 4 to 7:30 p.m. show.

Joyce said she works predominately in oils and watercolors and also uses mixed media and collage.

Her recent series “Float, Hue and Impression” reflect her connection to nature: the organic subjects of Float; the vibrant color palettes of Hue; and the textures and movement captured in Impressions.

She said her passion stems from change; visual changes in topography, color, movement and light.

Joyce said she is passionate for all things nature: enthralled with the exotic beauty of flowers, timeworn organic objects, and the texture and color palette of landscapes.

Joyce said she was honored by holding several one-woman shows and participated in many group shows at the renowned Carnegie Cultural Center.

She said she exhibited at the Art Expos in Los Angeles and New York and Las Vegas, and has worked with many prominent fine art galleries with prime locations in Hawaii, Los Angeles/Beverly Hills, Carmel, Sedona and Santa Fe.

She said she was represented in Japan and on premier cruise ships in Hawaii and the Caribbean, and her award-winning paintings are included in many private and corporate collections.

Joyce said she worked with the Hilton Universal and the Ritz Carlton Hotels, providing originals and hand-signed prints used for hotel hospitality.

In 2000, the artist was invited to create watercolor backgrounds for the Walt Disney Studios feature film “The Tigger Movie.”

She said this was a unique opportunity to be a member of the film’s crew and work in the watercolor media she has mastered.

In the 1990s, Joyce was commissioned by Pan American Museum Foundation to create paintings of its collection of Pre-colonial Mexican masks and Amazon Indian feather work which, was exhibited alongside the antiquities, creating a compelling narrative.

She attended Moorpark College, California Art Institute, and Art Associates, and is a member of the Huntington Library Artists Guild.

Over the past decades, she raised substantial funds through her generous artwork donations, affording her the ability to donate on a much larger scale to her favorite non-profits such as Best Friends Animal Society, Valley Spay & Neuter Clinic and Ride On, to name a few.

To view some of her work on the web work go to

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