Sunshine by Rhea Dallaire
May 6 – July 2, 2013
Rhea (pronounced Raya) Dallaire is a mixed media artist who loves to push the boundaries of colour utilizing a variety media, in hopes of awakening the human spirit. Rhea’s passion for the arts emerged as a child.
Fascinated by the kaleidoscope of colour, light and shadows in nature, or a box of Crayola crayons, she began her journey as an artist.
Working in the world of mixed media allows her to incorporate reclaimed and three dimensional items in a myriad of ways either by using acrylic media or the ancient Egyptian form of encaustic which involves combining heated beeswax and coloured pigment.
Working mainly on abstract pieces and painting live have been passions of Rhea’s who has been invited to teach in the Arctic to share her love of art and people. In 2010, after the terrible circumstances that friends in Africa experienced, she organized a fundraising art auction which raised funds to build a greatly needed orphanage.
Both she and her work have been described as a ray of sunshine, bringing hope to those less fortunate.
Rhea is also well-known for the altered shoes she creates, adding layers of colour and adhering items to create items that may no longer have a use in society but, in her hands, become beautiful works of art. Her work can be found in the private collections of African kings, Arctic mayors, and throughout the United States, Mexico, Germany, and Canada.