Sarah Riley strongly believes in the therapeutic properties of the creative process, and this is evident in her work. She works with a variety of mediums, with an emphasis in expressive portraiture.
Her portraits consist both of faces that she has imagined, and people whom she knows and admires for their giving personalities, artistic endeavors, and overall significance in her life and in this world.
When she creates a portrait of someone, she strives to not only capture a physical likeness, but to also incorporate elements of the subject's personality and demeanor; it proves to be a unique challenge every time, and she absolutely loves it.
INTERNSHIPS, DONATIONS, VOLUNTEER AND FIELD WORK
2010-present- “Safe Haven Art Groups” currently leading healing arts groups for women and children residing at Safe Haven Shelter
2012-present- “NCWP” Holiday Fundraiser” donate multiple pieces, annually, of art (ceramics, jewelry and oil paintings) to raise money for NCWP which runs art groups for survivors of domestic and sexual violence
2013-present- “PAVSA Art Auction” donate multiple ceramics pieces, annually, to help raise money for survivors of sexual abuse and violence
2015- “Live Painting” for Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball created a painted work of art, in front of an audience, for auction to raise funding for art programs for vulnerable adults
2015- “Her Body, Her Choice” at the Women’s Building in Duluth donated several paintings to help raise money for women’s reproductive health programs
2015- “The Valentine’s Issue” of The Reader commissioned to design the cover page of the February issue of The Reader; chosen theme of “Equal Love”
2014- “Expressive Multi-Media Portraiture Class” at Pineapple Arts Duluth directed art group which utilized art therapy techniques as well as teaching skill-based creative arts techniques to render portraits with collage and acrylic paints
2014- “Healing Arts Creative Activities” at Pineapple Arts Duluth facilitating free expressive visual art activities for individual clients and customers of Pineapple Arts
2014- “Humane Society Art Auction” at Superior Humane Society donated multiple pieces of ceramics and hand-made jewelry to help raise money for shelter animals
2013- “Art Auction” for Duluth Family Visitation Center donated multiple oil paintings to help raise money for the family visitation center
2012-2013- “NCWP Art Enrichment Groups” leading and/or assisting with healing arts groups for women and children from DV backgrounds
2012- “Arts and Crafts Hour” at St. Francis facilitated and directed expressive arts group activities for older adults
2012- “Tea Time at Duluth Family Visitation Center” donated several paintings to raise money for housing and resources for victims of domestic abuse
2012- “Art for ARF” donated 20+ pieces of handmade jewelry to raise money for shelter animals
2011- “Tast the Wine, Toast the Arts” donated 16 pairs of handmade earrings to raise money for the Choice, Unlimited Art Dept.
2009- “Rock the Block” face-painting to raise money for the IDF (Immune Deficiency Foundation)
2006-2008 “Relay for Life” face-painting and relay walking to raise money for cancer research