RRUUC supports art as an important component of the life of members, friends, and the broader local community. Art is an expression of the human spirit. Art often touches viewers in a deep and significant way and can provide experience of mystery and wonder, which is one source of insight for Unitarian Universalists.
The Fine Arts Committee organizes art exhibits at RRUUC for the benefit of area artists and the appreciation of those using the Fellowship Hall. Most art at these exhibits is for sale, with a portion of proceeds going to RRUUC. Click here for instructions for artists on how to apply to use our space.
Passion for Painting
September 10 – October 24, 2018
Opening Reception: September 16, 2018, 4pm – 6pm, RRUUC Fellowship Hall
After retiring from a career as a bank executive, Pauline Rakis found art classes rekindled an interest in painting that had lain dormant since high school. She now exhibits her abstract work at the Artists Gallery in Ellicott City and in group shows around Maryland.
Former homemaker, beautician, and banker Pauline Rakis is making up for lost painting time. It’s a pursuit she had put on hold for decades. At 74, she is now on a full brush-on-canvas schedule four days a week, at least six hours a day.
One of the 25 artists who own and operate the co-op Artists Gallery in Ellicott City, Rakis spent many earlier years styling the hair of other women, bringing up three children, and working as an executive vice president for Bank of America, PNC and M&T banks.
Abstracts and collages
Now the artist, who does most of her painting using acrylics, not only is attempting to put on canvas what is in front of her eyes, but that which arises within her when she confronts the object(s) and the canvas. “I don’t really like representational painting,” she said, adding that she was first drawn to the late 19th century style of the early Impressionists. “Now I think my best work is that which I produce intuitively,” she said, noting that her collages and abstracts are, for her, “both enlightening and freeing. They fulfill a need for me to create in a different way.”
A new chapter
Rakis sees her return to art as “Chapter Three” of her life. In 2012, Rakis “got tired of all the mergers, acquisitions” and other high finance shenanigans, and decided to retire from banking and return full-time to her love of art, for art’s sake. Rakis wants the art world, and others, to know that what she spends so many of her waking hours on now “is not a hobby. While I enjoy painting, I don’t paint just for the fun of it. I want to show my works in galleries. I want my paintings to be bought and to be recognized.” Rakis noted that while her works have not yet gotten a full review by any media critic, she still has time. “I plan to be painting into my 90s.” she said. “Painting is now my life.”