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Last updated: 8/10/06

What’s New:
Library Exhibit — September 1 - 28, 2006
A Perlustration of People, Prayers, Places and Potpourris by Reiko Wimbush

The September exhibit in the University of Rhode Island Library Gallery is A Perlustration of People, Prayers, Places and Potpourris by Reiko Wimbush.

Tibetan Woman with Prayer Wheel

Artist’s Statement

I was born and grew up in Japan where art is a vital part of life — especially so in the ancient capital city of Kyoto. I studied English literature in college (AB degree from St. Agnes College, Kyoto), married an oceanographer, and came to the USA. Here I raised a family, worked as a science translator for McGraw Hill’s “Biotechnology Newsletter,“ “Nikkei Medical etc., and wrote and published short stories as a hobby.

Although I was keenly aware of the beauty of the natural world — the flood of white dogwood flowers in dark woods, the glorious “fingers of God”” slanting down between puffy grey clouds after rain — the idea of capturing this beauty with a paintbrush never entered my mind until I began studying oil painting five years ago. Nevertheless, “better late than never,” as the saying goes. I thank God for eyes to see the world’s beauty — natural and man-made — a mind to absorb it, a heart to love it, and hands to express it on canvas.

Reikorangi (Gateway to Heaven), NZ

These paintings try to capture beauty from around the globe in people (some of them at prayer), scenery, and everyday objects. Bringing these images together here, I hope to show both the world’s wonderful variety and, despite the current turmoil, its underlying unity.

Looking Askance

Professional affiliations:  South County Art Association, Wickford Art Association.

Awards:  Third place, South Count Art Association, September, 2005.

2007 solo shows scheduled:  South County Backyard Card Gallery, McGrath Judiciary Complex.

The Library Gallery is located on the main floor of the University Library, 15 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881. September Library hours are:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - midnight
Friday  8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - midnight

For more information, please contact Karen Ramsay at 401-874-4625 or

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