VARYA'S ART BIOGRAPHY

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Varya Witlin
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Memoir of Roy and Varya's Marriage,          A Comedy of Transcendence,  available  for purchase on Amazon Books
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QGB41JG

   SELECTED SOLO AND JOINT SHOWS

  •  Opera Central Gallery, St. Petersburg FL  (solo)

  •  Unitarian Universalist Church, Clearwater FL (group show)

  •  City Gallery,  Charleston SC (solo)

  •  Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC (joint with Roy)

  •  Piccolo Spoleto, KKBE, Charleston SC (solo)

  •  Jefferson University Common Art Gallery, Philadelphia PA (solo)

  •  Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia PA (solo) 

  •  Montezinos Gallery, Philadelphia PA, (Solo Show)  

 

 

    ART AND ART THERAPY ACCOMPLISHMENTS​​

  • Published: A Comedy of Transcendence, Memoir of the marriage of two artists. 

  • Founded and Joint Directed for nine years: Regional Children's Art Show, North Pinellas FL

  • Published: Five Research Articles and Two Case Studies, American Journal of Art Therapy

  • Taught: Art Therapy, Graduate  School, Hahnemann Medical University

  • M.S. Degree, Mental Health, Hahnemann Medical University

  • Registered Art Psychotherapist

  • ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS: In 1990, I was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.  I had been painting with acrylic paints, but  became so sensitized to  art materials that I could soon no longer do artwork at all. Even drawing with writing pencils caused a sensitivity reaction.   By avoiding those chemicals for a long time, I became stronger, and was eventually able to use children’s drawing sticks and school watercolors.  Today, after painstakingly avoiding and replacing sensitizing chemicals, I am able to use Sennelier oil pastels, Rembrandt colored pencils, guache and, most recently, Treehouse walnut oil paints. Work can be slow because I can easily be resensitized, but after years of not being able to paint, I now have immeasurable joy, expressing my ideas in the vibrant media available to me.