Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Karin Richter, ASA, CSPWC, SCA


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Karin Richter, Mountain Stream

Biography

For Karin Richter, art has always been an essential part of daily life. Born in 1950 in Germany, her family nurtured her ability and interest from an early age, and encouraged her to pursue art as a career. However, deciding to follow a path with more steady income, Karin became a translator and interpreter for international companies in Germany, France, and eventually Canada.

During Karin’s travels, painting remained a constant companion, her passion and skill growing steadily until finally, after moving with her husband to Calgary in the late 1970s, Karin decided to make art her full-time career. While staying at home to raise her children, Karin began joining art groups and became active as a volunteer to do her share and to learn the ropes of putting on exhibitions. Twenty-five years later, as an elected member of many prestigious art societies across Canada, she is still enthusiastic about organizing her fellow artists and has been instrumental in bringing projects to fruition that benefit artists from different regions in Canada. Her volunteer involvement with the ASA has been significant. In her role of Exhibitions Chair for a decade, she organized local, provincial and travelling exhibitions including an exchange exhibition with the Manitoba Society of Artists.

Karin’s gifts for art and mentorship have led to sharing her devotion to the arts in many arenas, including classes and workshops for art organizations, community art colleges and senior centres. She serves as a curator, juror and critic. Karin has used her love for languages and travel to organize and conduct painting holidays on land and at sea in Canada and overseas. She has participated in countless exhibitions, receiving many honours for her work. She is the recipient of the 2010 Immigrant of Distinction Award in recognition for her contribution to the arts.

Karin’s all-consuming passion for art is evident in her colorful paintings, inspirational teaching and community spirit. She has been called an untiring ambassador who uses her energy and enthusiasm to inspire and serve others.

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Karin Richter, Still Useful

 

ASA Q & A

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?
Karin: Living in our world influences me, respect for the past, anticipation of the future. My work is part of that evolution.

 

ASA: Which body of work would you consider your most successful to date?
Karin: Competent in all mediums, my work in soft pastels has given me the most recognition.

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Karin Richter, Autumn Sparkle

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Crossroads Art Centre
#305 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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