Phyllis Rapp Watercolor


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Phyllis Rapp

Phyllis Rapp, CWA

"I fell in love with watercolor in 1985 and since then it has been my main 'media' In 1991 I moved to Healdsburg, California with my husband and our then 3-year-old son. Healdsburg is a small community in Sonoma County's wine country. We lived there from 1991 to 2007. During that time, I was active in many art organizations, galleries and taught watercolor classes. When our youngest child graduated from high school and set out to attend college we decided to sell our house of fifteen years, buy a 53ft sailboat and find adventure. During that time not only did we experience great adventures but also we visited many exciting countries and made some very interesting friends.
I painted frequently on the boat. Many of my paintings that were created during that time were of distant shores and the people and animals that we encountered. I loved painting during that time because I didn't have to pant for a gallery or a demonstration. I could relax and pant for my self. Too my surprise my painting skills improved because of this freedom.
In June of 2010 we stopped sailing and reestablished our connections in Healdsburg. I still r4ry hard to convey a personal peeling and a private message to those who view my art. Most of my paintings are about 'pattern'. I love design, color, and texture. I try to incorporate these items in my paintings, along with my love of traveling and foreign cultures."
-Phyllis Rapp

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Art Education:
BFA San Francisco Academy of Art 1985, Major in Illustration

Judy Betts, Christopher Schink, Gerald Brommer, Jane
Hoffsetter, Judy Greenberg, Skip Lawrence, Catherine Lui, & Fran Larson
Gallery Affiliations and Other Shows:
Petroncelli Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Finley Center, Santa Rosa, CA
Summerhouse Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Armida Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Rodney Strong Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Southside Saloon, Healdsburg, CA
DeLorimier Winery, Healdsburg, CA
The Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Gafney's Wine Bar, Santa Rosa, CA
Plaza Street Deli, Healdsburg, CA
Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
Healdsburg General Hospital, Healdsburg, CA
Healdsburg Art Council Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Library Shows, Windsor and Cloverdale, CA
Juried Shows:
"Art on the Move" 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998,
Healdsburg, CA
"Magnum Opus V111", Carmichael, CA
"Santa Rosa Statewide Show", 1994, Santa Rosa, CA
"Aqua Areas", 1995, Sponsored by WASCO, Coddingtown Mall,
Santa Rosa, CA
-Honorable Mention Award
"Aqua Areas", 1996, Sponsored by WASCO, Coddingtown Mall,
Santa Rosa, CA
-Honorable Mention Award
"Aqua Areas", 1997, sponsored by WASCO, Coddingtown Mall,
Santa Rosa, CA
-Honorable Mention Award
"Aqua Areas", 1998, sponsored by WASCO, Coddingtown Mall,
Santa Rosa, CA
-2nd Place Award
"Aqua Areas", 1999, sponsored by WASCO, Coddingtown Mall,

CWA signature membership awarded in 2004

Gallery Affliations:
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Resident Artist (formally Plaza Arts):

Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg, California:
Co founder and gallery manager from 1997 to 2007

Art at the Source
June 4 & 5 and June 11 & 12, 2011, 10am-5pm.  I will have my artwork at studio #16. Maps are available at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts or can be downloaded at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts website.

Lifetime member Watercolor Artist of Sonoma County (WASCO)
WASCO vice president 1997-1999, President 2000- 2002
Santa Rosa Art Guild, Co president 1996
Healdsburg Art Council, Board member 1997- 2002
“Art Beat” editor 1999-2002