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Exhibition Explores One Man’s Passion For The Visual Arts

April 18, 2016 Arts and Entertainment No Comments
Kevin Rita

Kevin Rita

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CANTON – The Annual Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Invitational Exhibition will explore one man’s passion for the visual arts through his private collection that ranges from paintings to sculpture to book illustrations to other expressions of the human hand and mind.

“The Collections of Kevin Rita: Connections from a Life in Art,” will run from Friday, April 22 to Sunday, May 22 at the Gallery on the Green, corner of Dowd Ave. and Route 44. The exhibition is organized and sponsored by the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund.

Kevin Rita has spent most of his life immersed in the arts as a curator, collector, and dealer of rare books and fine art. He fell in love with books at an early age. As he grew older his interest in books expanded beyond the stories within their covers. He came to appreciate the work of illustrators whose art gave books an additional creative dimension.

This lit the fire that led him to frequent galleries and expand his knowledge of, and appreciation for, artistic creation. For more than three decades he has collected a wide variety of objects, many of which are included in the Gallery on the Green exhibition. His interest is primarily American art, encompassing a variety of genres from landscapes to abstract pieces.

“My collection is very personal,” Rita said. “Every piece matters to me.”

In addition to the exhibition, Rita will give two talks. The first – “The Responsive Eye: An Explanation of Visual Art” – is scheduled Saturday, April 23, at 5 p.m., prior to the opening reception. The second – “Polished Lines: A Journey Through Poetry and Prose” – will be presented Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m.

The Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the fine and performing arts. All funding comes from donations by supporters and patrons. Tax-deductible donations, including employer matching gifts, may be made at the exhibition or sent to MSMAF, Inc., c/o Collinsville Savings Society, P.O. Box 197, Collinsville, CT 06019.

For further information about the fund, contact MSMAF, Inc., 16 South St., Collinsville, CT 06019, or by telephone at 860-693-2762 and email at awkendra@yahoo.com.

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