Pasadena Society of Artists

Irena Raulinaitis BIO


Biographical Information:
When I was a student in high school in Chicago, my art teacher recommended me for an art class in the Chicago Art Institute. Several years later, a small watercolor was exhibited in a juried art show at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Then followed university studies, marriage, children, a Master's degree in chemistry. A chance reading of Betty Edwards' "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" reawakened my interest in art. I attended art classes in Glendale Community College: drawing, watercolor, sculpture, printmaking and started exhibiting in student art shows, then, starting in the early 90s, I went on to join local and national art groups. I have participated in solo, two-person, three-person and group shows. 2004-2014, I have chaired the National Juried Exhibitions of Works on Paper show at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale.

Artist Statement:
I have no favorite technique in printmaking. What is important is the communication of feelings and ideas. The techniques for expressing these follow as a matter of course. I have created etchings, collagraphs, cardboard cuts, monoprints, etc. I have printed images over images to evoke the complexity of concepts, of currents and countercurrents in my way of thinking and of perceiving, I have printed series of works to show the multiplicity of aspects of a subject. In printmaking there is a wide variety of techniques, and everything is acceptable - there is no lack of means to express oneself.

In sculpture, by contrast, things are literally "cast in stone". Here the shape and the composition of the stone guides my hand, and if I allow this to happen, I find that a figure reflecting my thoughts and feelings emerges in the process.

Solo Exhibitions:
Los Angeles, CA, 1996
Lemont, IL, 1999
Los Angeles, CA, 2002

Two-Person Exhibitions:
With Kest Mikenas, Los Angeles, CA, 1991
With Max Bagnard, La Canada Flintridge, CA, 1994
With Dennis Ruff, Pasadena, CA, 1995
With Dennis Ruff, La Canada Flintridge, CA, 1996
With Algimantas Kezys, Los Angeles, 1997

Three-Person Exhibitions:
With Joyce Kohl and Nancy Kyes, Brand Library, Glendale, CA, 2009

Group Exhibitions:
2009 Printmaking Society 20th National Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2009 The Art of Giving and Receiving, AIDS Service Center, Pasadena
2009 Women Painters West, Encino Terrace, Encino
2009 Print Zero, Seattle, WA
2008 Women Painters West, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks
2008 10th Anniversary Best of the Best Online International
Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Internet
2008 Women Painters West, Creative Arts Center Gallery, Burbank
2008 Brand 37: Here and Now, Brand Library Galleries, Glendale
2008 My Way, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks
2008 Print Zero, Seattle, WA
2008 Pasadena Society of Artists 83rd Annual Exhibition, Brand Library Galleries, Glendale
2008 Women Painters West, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles
2008 Ciurlionis Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 Brand 36, Secrets & Confessions, Brand Library Galleries,Glendale
2007 Ink & Clay 33, Kellogg Art Gallery, Pomona
2007 All Media IX, Upstream People Gallery, Internet
2007 Pasadena Society of Artists 82nd Annual Exhibition, VIVA
Gallery, Sherman Oaks
2007 Print Zero, Settle, WA
2007 24th Annual North American Miniature Art Exhibition, The Art Gallery at Fells Point, Baltimore, MD
2007 7th Annual Summer All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Internet
2007 SCORE VI, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks
2007 Open Show, Gallery 825, Los Angeles
2007 Women Painters West, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks

Awards & Honors:
2007 President's Purchase Award, Ink & Clay, Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal. State Polytechnic University, Pomona
2007 Special Recognition, Upstream People Gallery, Internet
1998 Featured in Lituanus, the Lithuanian arts and sciences journal
1994 Featured in Lithuanian Artists in North America, published by Galerija, Stickney, IL, and by Ethnos, Vilnius, Lithuania

Affiliations (Past & Present):
Los Angeles Printmaking Society
Women Painters West
Pasadena Society of Artists
Los Angeles Art Association
Verdugo Hills Art Association

Collections:
Lithuanian World Center, Lemont, IL
Kellogg Art Gallery, Pomona, CA
Office of Dr. Kirk Schneider, San Francisco, CA

And by numerous collectors in the United States and abroad.

Education:
B.S. (Chemistry), George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
M.S. (Chemistry), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Art classes in Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA