Rita Eddy works in acrylics, watercolors and pastels. This year, she’s mainly painting farm animals and wildlife, from her own photos and from other pictures. “For example, I’ve done a duck in water with many different colors around it; also a fawn, a rooster, and an elk, and I’ve painted African animals as well. My themes change every year.”
Rita’s studio is in her Montrose, PA home, where she also does all her own framing. She welcomes visitors by appointment.
Rita Eddy is a lifelong resident of Susquehanna County most of her life. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Nursing in Philadelphia and worked there early in her career. She returned to the Montrose area after her marriage and starting a family, working in local hospitals for years part time before returning to school at SUNY Cortland to obtain a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Health Education. The remainder of her career was as a school nurse in the Montrose Area School District.
She started working in watercolors first and has branched out in pastels and acrylics. Through the years she has taken different workshops and studied under local art teachers. Presently she attends classes with Sue Hand in Dallas, PA. Now, being retired, she has more time to spend on her art work.
Rita has a wide variety of works in nature, local scenes and world travels. Her work is displayed in local venues and shows as well in private collections locally and across the United States. A pastel painting of “Silver Lake” recently won third prize at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts Regional Art Show.
Works have been juried into shows at the EMCA Gallery in Tunkhannock and the Butternut Gallery in Montrose. She was one of the first members of Susquehanna County’s Artists’ Open House Weekend tour which is in its 22nd year. This event is held annually on Columbus Day Weekend in Susquehanna County. Artists open their studios for visitors while they enjoy the fall scenery.
Rita continues to be an active member of Artists’ Open House Weekend and is President of Hill County Artists, a group of artists mainly from Susquehanna County that holds monthly programs and displays at local businesses and shows. She is also a member of the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts in Tunkhannock, PA. Joining the NBat recently will hopefully promote the arts in Susquehanna County.