Kathy Rivera – Featured Artist
November 9 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
Kathy Rivera–Featured Artist Swift Creek Mill Theatre is pleased to present Kathy Riveraas our Featured Artist during the production of The Andrews Brothersrunning November 11th,2017through December 31st, 2017. All are welcome to enjoy Kathy’sworkin The Mill Room during dinner/lunch or during intermission of each performance. Kathy’sArtistStory~ Kathy Quesnel Rivera graduated MadisonCollege with a BS in art education in 1971. Shetaught 1 year and left teaching for the businessworld. Through the mid-’70s, she restored oilpaintings and cleaned antique prints in a littleshop in Staunton, VA. In 1979 she purchased aframe shop in Bon Air, VA. In 1985 she boughta gift shop named AccentsUnlimited. She incorporatedthat year and ran the shop for32 years, moving it 5 timesbefore finally retiring. In 2013she took watercolor classesat the Virginia Art Museumwith Dawn Flentes. In 2014she studied watercolor withnationally known SusanStuller in Richmond, VA. In2015 she was in a bad caraccident and spent 4 monthsin body braces and 7 monthsof physical therapy. Duringthat time she continued her study with Sue Stuller but switched to acrylicand began painting dog portraits for her shop clients. In 2016 she walkedinto Crossroads Art Center one Sunday and found Chuck Larivey doing apainting demonstration. He spent 3 months doing demosevery Sunday and Kathy was there for them every week.The oil bug had bitten her. She began talking to Chuckabout teaching and eventually convinced him to give ita try. June 2016 began her transition to oil painting andshe never looked back. Kathy built a studio in her homewhere she teaches beginner and intermediate painting.The beginning of 2017 found her retiring and closing hershop to paint with Chuck and become a daily painter.See more of her work at kathyriverafineart.com.Swift Creek Mill Theatre has been a Richmond and Tri-Cities institution for 50years. We’ve come a long way sincethree local families took a 353-year-old gristmill and turned it into an intimate space for the production of so many splendid theatrical experiences. Fivedecades and more than 340productions later, the Mill is still going strong in its historic location.