Watercolor of tulips by Sylvia Ryder

"Tulips" (watercolor, 13x10) is one of the many charming florals in this exhibit.

Autumn oil painting by Sylvia Ryder

"Autumn in New England" (oil, 24x36) is a balance of brilliant blues and oranges.

Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder: Watercolors, Oils & Fabric Art at All Souls

Wave and rocks by Sylvia Ryder

"Seashore," a recent 24x48 oil painting, beckons the viewer to step right in....

Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder's summer show at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church is entitled "Bitter & Sweet: An Artist's Journey." The exhibit includes nearly thirty of Ryder's watercolors and oils, as well as a few of her one-of-a-kind hand-painted shirts. The artist will be at the church from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. during Gallery Walk on August 2 to greet the public, so consider stopping by for a tour of the exhibit and light refreshments.

A native of Taiwan with a wide array of creative interests, Sylvia initially chose Fine Arts for her major at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei. Soon after, however, she decided to pursue ballet as a career. While this choice didn't fully blossom as she had hoped, she did share her skills with aspiring young dancers as a part-time teacher for awhile.

In 1999, another dramatic change of direction pushed her into yet a third area of artistic expression, that of pianist and composer. After raising two children in New York City, she remarried and now lives in West Chesterfield, N.H., with her husband Joe Ryder. She returns to The Big Apple frequently to play piano in a restaurant setting and appears at both ends of the line in residential facilities for the elderly.

A painted shirt by Sylvia Ryder

Sylvia's painted tees, available in a wide range of color combinations on a white cotton shirt, are created using a variety of techniques including stencil, spatter, drip, and freehand.

It was only in 2006 that Sylvia returned to her first love, drawing and painting. The work in this show includes watercolors and oils, a few in large-format sizes. Most are floral still-lifes, landscapes in a range of seasons, and recent seascapes expressed in the many tones that bring trees, rocks, sand, and water to life on paper and canvas. A selection of Sylvia's hand-painted tee shirts, created using a variety of techniques, are also offered for sale.

Sylvia says an innate sense of responsibility and an unbridled enthusiasm for life combine to feed her creative spirit—and besides, she loves to make people smile! Keeping busy in the art studio, working in the garden, or immersing herself in the music that seems to flow effortlessly through her fingers are all ways to follow her personal joy.

The All Souls gallery is otherwise open weekday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 and during worship services or other public events in the building, as well as by appointment—call the church office at (802) 254-9377 for further information.

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, also known as West Village Meeting House, is at 29 South St., about 1.2 mi. west of Exit 2 off I-91. Turn at the triangular West Brattleboro common and pass the new fire station to head up the wooded church driveway. At the top of the drive is a large parking area. To reach a few handicapped parking spaces near access ramps, take the paved lane at right just as you crest the hill.

For more information about her artwork and hand-painted shirts, contact Sylvia at spinninggoldfish@aol.com or by cell phone at (718) 640-6915.

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