Count Me In! Artist of the Day is... Renée Reichert

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SKU: 202-AOD38
Price: $250.00

Be the First to Bid and Win "Cat Dreams”, Limited Edition Giclée of a pastel painting by Renée Reichert. 25.75”w x 17” h Matted and framed (stained white). Ready to hang,

About the Artist
When people see my work, they often smile and quickly look around for someone to share it with. I think it’s about the sharing of story, or at least that’s what it’s about to me. I see story in most everything. Making art is my way of showing the world (and myself) what’s going on in my head; letting go of the “what is” and getting lost in the “what if?” That’s what I find so magical about illustrating children’s books. Years after my picture book “The Cat Came Back” was published (Roaring Brook Press, 2005) kids and adults still come up to me on the street singing “The Cat Came Back the very next day…”!

Renée Reichert, award winning artist & illustrator, is known for her lush velvety pastels which often take on both a narrative and fantasy quality. Her work has been exhibited in The Society of Illustrator’s Annual Exhibition, Spectrum 8: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and can be seen in numerous private collections. She is the illustrator of the children’s picture books This is the Wind and The Cat Came Back, both by Roaring Brook Press. Renée lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband, a cat and an ever-changing collection of fish.

As an art educator with her MS in Art Education, she has taught kids from ages 5-90, including the Art League of Long Island and programs for at-risk youths. She is also an interior designer and workplace strategist, most recently working for tech. Renée is looking for opportunities to use her art to “do good” in Healthcare. You can see her work here at

About the Painting
This pastel painting, entitled “Cat Dreams”, was originally made for a book that was never published. But instead first met the world through publication in Spectrum 8: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (Underwood Books, 2001). The original was bought by a collector, and limited edition giclée (of which this is one, 26” w x 17” h framed) and posters were sold. The largest framed giclée was bought by a man many years after he and his wife saw it at a Setauket art show. Tracking me down, he called to see if the work was available, and if so, could I ship it to him in heavy plastic. He was confined to his bed and the postman would have to leave it inside a storm door. He then added that his wife had never forgotten it, that they were moving to a new home soon, and he wanted to surprise her with a special birthday present for taking such wonderful care of him. Soon after I delivered it, he wrote to tell me how much his wife loved the painting and that she couldn’t wait to see it in their new home!

P.S. Being an artist can be frustrating if you are looking for financial reward. It takes persistence and the ability to look past all the “no’s” to find the “yes”. So sometimes we need to be reminded of our value. This man was, and the painting still is, my reminder. May it be yours.

August 12, 2020
Start Time: 
10:00 AM
End Time: 
11:59 PM
Existing Class
14 hours
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