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Rita Deanin Abbey

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Discover a multidisciplinary artist known for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, porcelain enamel fired on steel, stained glass, and computer art. Abbey is known for her abstract expressionism, figures, landscapes, and non-objective subject matter.

"The infinite wonder of nature has had the greatest influence on my work. I have explored desert landscapes and have been deeply affected by rock formations, vistas, sunsets, plants and wildlife, rivers, and the colors and textures of secret canyons. These places communicate and resonate with my nature.” ~ Rita Deanin Abbey

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Las Vegas, NV 89149
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Give your Valentine a unique gift. Visit the Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum.
Cave Landscape, 1951
Oil on Canvas
51 x 39 inches
Art Series: Cave Series/University of New Mexico (Paintings) 1950–1952
© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation
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Give your Valentine a unique gift. Visit the Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum.
Cave Landscape, 1951
Oil on Canvas
51 x 39 inches
Art Series: Cave Series/University of New Mexico (Paintings) 1950–1952
© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation
#vission.arts #lasvegas.community #the.promotion.factory #oiloncanvas #oilpainting #oilpaintings #ritadeaninabbeymuseum #womenartists #lasvegasartists #womeninart⁠ #nevadaartmuseum #nevadaartist #lasvegasmuseum #abstractart #artmuseum #lasvegas #nevadaartmueum #19th.20th.century.art #goddardcollege #valentine #universityofnewmexicoalumni #valentine_promotion
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Give your Valentine a unique gift. Visit the Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum.
Cave Forms, 1951
Oil on Canvas
24 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches
Art Series: Cave Series/University of New Mexico (Paintings) 1950–1952
© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation

#oiloncanvas #oilpainting #oilpaintings #ritadeaninabbey #ritadeaninabbeymuseum #womenartists #lasvegasartists #ritadeanin #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #femaleartist #contemporarypainting #lasvegasartist #womeninart⁠ #nevadaartmuseum #nevadaartist #lasvegasmuseum #abstractart #artmuseum #lasvegas #nevadaartmueum #19th.20th.century.paintings #goddardcollege #valentine

Give your Valentine a unique gift. Visit the Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum.
Cave Forms, 1951
Oil on Canvas
24 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches
Art Series: Cave Series/University of New Mexico (Paintings) 1950–1952
© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation

#oiloncanvas #oilpainting #oilpaintings #ritadeaninabbey #ritadeaninabbeymuseum #womenartists #lasvegasartists #ritadeanin #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #femaleartist #contemporarypainting #lasvegasartist #womeninart⁠ #nevadaartmuseum #nevadaartist #lasvegasmuseum #abstractart #artmuseum #lasvegas #nevadaartmueum #19th.20th.century.paintings #goddardcollege #valentine
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Give your Valentine a unique gift. Visit the Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum. https://rda-museum.square.site/
Cave Forms, 1951
Oil on Canvas
24 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches
Art Series: Cave Series/University of New Mexico (Paintings) 1950–1952
© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation
#oiloncanvas #oilpainting #oilpaintings #ritadeaninabbey #ritadeaninabbeymuseum #womenartists #lasvegasartists #ritadeanin #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #femaleartist #contemporarypainting #lasvegasartist #womeninart⁠ #nevadaartmuseum #nevadaartist #lasvegasmuseum #abstractart #artmuseum #lasvegas #universityofnewmexico #nevadaartmueum #goddardcollege #valentine

Give your Valentine a unique gift. Visit the Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum. https://rda-museum.square.site/
Cave Forms, 1951
Oil on Canvas
24 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches
Art Series: Cave Series/University of New Mexico (Paintings) 1950–1952
© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation
#oiloncanvas #oilpainting #oilpaintings #ritadeaninabbey #ritadeaninabbeymuseum #womenartists #lasvegasartists #ritadeanin #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #femaleartist #contemporarypainting #lasvegasartist #womeninart⁠ #nevadaartmuseum #nevadaartist #lasvegasmuseum #abstractart #artmuseum #lasvegas #universityofnewmexico #nevadaartmueum #goddardcollege #valentine
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Give your Valentine a unique gift. Visit the Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum.
Cave Secrets, 1951
Oil on Canvas
18 x 23 3/4 inches
Art Series: Cave Series/University of New Mexico (Paintings) 1950–1952
© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation

#oiloncanvas #oilpainting #oilpaintings #ritadeaninabbey #ritadeaninabbeymuseum #womenartists #lasvegasartists #ritadeanin #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #femaleartist #contemporarypainting #lasvegasartist #womeninart⁠ #nevadaartmuseum #nevadaartist #lasvegasmuseum #abstractart #artmuseum #lasvegas #nevadaartmueum #19th.20th.century.paintings #goddardcollege #valentine #universityofnewmexico

Give your Valentine a unique gift. Visit the Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum.
Cave Secrets, 1951
Oil on Canvas
18 x 23 3/4 inches
Art Series: Cave Series/University of New Mexico (Paintings) 1950–1952
© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation

#oiloncanvas #oilpainting #oilpaintings #ritadeaninabbey #ritadeaninabbeymuseum #womenartists #lasvegasartists #ritadeanin #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #femaleartist #contemporarypainting #lasvegasartist #womeninart⁠ #nevadaartmuseum #nevadaartist #lasvegasmuseum #abstractart #artmuseum #lasvegas #nevadaartmueum #19th.20th.century.paintings #goddardcollege #valentine #universityofnewmexico
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I was fortunate enough to be featured in this weeks City Cast, Hey! Las Vegas. #citycastlasvegas
Three Questions to Laura Sanders, Director, Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum

1. Who was Rita Deanin Abbey, and why is she important to the region's culture?
Abbey said, “There is nothing that holds more challenge, possibility or adventure for me than a blank canvas.” I think you can apply that to all her media. She gained a warm, steady intensity of expression in her art through her relentless hard work and dedication. Her faithful devotion to her art has made her work a form of religious discipline.
She was an artist seeking to understand herself, and through that search, she created a pathway with her art for us to look at life with different eyes.

2. One striking thing about Abbey's body of work is that it's so wide-ranging — paintings in many styles, sculptures of many kinds, and works in many different materials. Are there elements that unite it all?
Abbey is the element that unites. Abbey's idea was to actualize herself into the intrinsic qualities of all her different wide-ranging styles and media. She was lost in color, one with it. Her materials and self are inseparable. They affect and change each other, joining in a living process of interaction until, by some magical means, the gap between the object and Abbey is dissolved.

3. What do you hope visitors will come away with after seeing the museum?
Once you visit the museum, you can admire her tireless work ethic. With her freedom of expression and the licenses she gave herself, she digs deep to know herself and dares to be inventive her whole life.

I was fortunate enough to be featured in this weeks City Cast, Hey! Las Vegas. #citycastlasvegas
Three Questions to Laura Sanders, Director, Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum

1. Who was Rita Deanin Abbey, and why is she important to the region's culture?
Abbey said, “There is nothing that holds more challenge, possibility or adventure for me than a blank canvas.” I think you can apply that to all her media. She gained a warm, steady intensity of expression in her art through her relentless hard work and dedication. Her faithful devotion to her art has made her work a form of religious discipline.
She was an artist seeking to understand herself, and through that search, she created a pathway with her art for us to look at life with different eyes.

2. One striking thing about Abbey's body of work is that it's so wide-ranging — paintings in many styles, sculptures of many kinds, and works in many different materials. Are there elements that unite it all?
Abbey is the element that unites. Abbey's idea was to actualize herself into the intrinsic qualities of all her different wide-ranging styles and media. She was lost in color, one with it. Her materials and self are inseparable. They affect and change each other, joining in a living process of interaction until, by some magical means, the gap between the object and Abbey is dissolved.

3. What do you hope visitors will come away with after seeing the museum?
Once you visit the museum, you can admire her tireless work ethic. With her freedom of expression and the licenses she gave herself, she digs deep to know herself and dares to be inventive her whole life.
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Holocaust, 1998-2000
14 ft. 3 in. x 17 ft. 3 in. x 10 ft. 10 in.
Concrete base: 2 ft. x 12 ft. 6 in. x 5 ft. 3 in. - 4.5 tons
Art Series: Holocaust/Stainless Steel Sculpture and Steel Maquette 1991, 1998–2000

© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation

Artist’s Statement
Two triangles, symbolizing the Star of David, comprise the main sections of the sculpture, “Holocaust.” The stability of the base triangle signifies the history of the strength and endurance of the Jewish people. The base triangle is interrupted by the mass of a stepped plane, which represents the catastrophic, systematic annihilation during the Holocaust. The arm, emerging from the base triangle, connects the displaced second triangle of the Star, which hovers and anticipates reunification. These indestructible elements are eternally bound together by faith and depict the passage from despair to survival and enlightenment. #HolocaustRemembranceDay #holocaustsculpture #holocaustremembrance #holocaustremembranceday #holocaustart #holocaust

Holocaust, 1998-2000
14 ft. 3 in. x 17 ft. 3 in. x 10 ft. 10 in.
Concrete base: 2 ft. x 12 ft. 6 in. x 5 ft. 3 in. - 4.5 tons
Art Series: Holocaust/Stainless Steel Sculpture and Steel Maquette 1991, 1998–2000

© Robert Rock Belliveau and Rita Deanin Abbey Foundation

Artist’s Statement
Two triangles, symbolizing the Star of David, comprise the main sections of the sculpture, “Holocaust.” The stability of the base triangle signifies the history of the strength and endurance of the Jewish people. The base triangle is interrupted by the mass of a stepped plane, which represents the catastrophic, systematic annihilation during the Holocaust. The arm, emerging from the base triangle, connects the displaced second triangle of the Star, which hovers and anticipates reunification. These indestructible elements are eternally bound together by faith and depict the passage from despair to survival and enlightenment. #HolocaustRemembranceDay #holocaustsculpture #holocaustremembrance #holocaustremembranceday #holocaustart #holocaust
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“Abbey has conducted penetrating excursions into figurative work throughout her life, the obvious outcome of her classical training and a practice contributing to her understanding of structure and form. But the core concern of her life’s work to which she always returns is the land—a basic relationship manifesting itself in all of the aforementioned materials and media.” 
~ William L. Fox, Mapping, the Empty, 1991, P. 34.

“Abbey has conducted penetrating excursions into figurative work throughout her life, the obvious outcome of her classical training and a practice contributing to her understanding of structure and form. But the core concern of her life’s work to which she always returns is the land—a basic relationship manifesting itself in all of the aforementioned materials and media.”
~ William L. Fox, Mapping, the Empty, 1991, P. 34.
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Portrait of Rita Deanin Abbey, in 1971 with her newly installed commission "Wall of Creation," at Temple Beth Sholom, Las Vegas, NV. To see more of her works, schedule your visit at (702) 658-5097 by appointment only, or book online https://rda-museum.square.site/

Portrait of Rita Deanin Abbey, in 1971 with her newly installed commission "Wall of Creation," at Temple Beth Sholom, Las Vegas, NV. To see more of her works, schedule your visit at (702) 658-5097 by appointment only, or book online https://rda-museum.square.site/ ...