Artist Profile: Sylvia Valentino

By Steve Mayer
Resident Writer

We recently caught up with three artists whose works are on display at the Art Exhibit II, which opened in June. The exhibit is located in Lakeside Commons’ Encore Theater lobby. The exhibit is presented and juried by the Arts Council of Riderwood.

Sylvia Valentino, who has been at Riderwood for 15 years, does painting using mixed media (which includes collages, water color, pen and ink, and crayon). Her interest in art began as a young child when she roamed around her family’s attic and used pencil, pad, and crayons to write stories and draw sketches. She got her artistic start in her sixties when she lived in the Outer Banks, NC, for twenty years prior to moving to Riderwood. There, Sylvia was asked to join a small, informal art group.

Sylvia has continued taking art lessons at Riderwood. She has exhibited in the Riderwood area and has had three or four exhibits with teacher Susan Crane and others, including Carolyn Stearns, who is now at Arbor Ridge. Sylvia drew the cover for a Riderwood calendar for 2013 and was “Miss July.” In addition, about ten years ago, she started an “Artist to Artist” group at Riderwood that meets weekly to share ideas and art critiques. Sylvia says she is enthusiastic about Riderwood and the ability to meet people who are inspired by art.

The current exhibits at both Lakeside Commons and Montgomery Station will remain until September. They will then rotate to Montgomery Station and Village Square from September to December. Applications for the next jurying will be available at front desks on July 31. Jurying for the next exhibit will be held at Village Square on August 24. The new exhibit at Lakeside Commons will be open on August 31.

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