Identified painting artist throughout childhood but at the ages of 9, 10, 13 and 15 Kay was discouraged to paint. In 2000 the first series of painting took place in her studio out of her Arizona home. Refusing to show or sell paintings until 2002 and after working with Wanda Poindester on the Ponies Del Pueblo project at the Tucson Pima Arts Council as a volunteer. Kay Rivers best known in the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona in Tubac to Pima County as an Artist of Color. “Color, form and imagination burst forth from the fine art that fills the gallery of Kay Rivers home and studio” writes Karen Walenga Sahuarita Sun. Her works are surreal, abstract, realist and impressionistic. Kay considers herself an Impressionist Artist. From late 2004 to mid 2005 Kay was a featured solo artist for the Raw Art Tour in Southern Arizona. Featured in the GV News newspaper and Tucson Style.com at a Traveling art show in Southern Arizona showing in over 25 solo shows also The Traveling Art Show (TPAC), Tubac Village, Arizona, featured at Laredo’s and recognized as a Who’s Who Artist and Entrepreneur by Cambridge Who’s Who publication. Volunteering time, donating painting and shows after the relocation to Southern California include the Juneteenth Celebrations in Oceanside, A Taste Of Art Bar-B-Que Style in Moreno Valley, California, Dancing Under The Stars in Los Angeles, California, La Jolla Festival Of The Arts in La Jolla, ArtWalk in Little Italy, ArtWalk On The Bay, SeaPort Village, TGIF Jazz In The Park in Carlsbad, Gator By The Bay, The Celebration Of Womanhood on Harbor Island in San Diego, A Sculpture Art Affair in Escondido and many other non-profit organizations helping mentally challenged and physically challenged adult and children. Featured artist doing solo shows at local business, restaurants and events continues.
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