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Loretta Rolison

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Loretta K. Rolison was raised in Ionia, Michigan. She studied at Massachusetts College of Art and received her BS in Advertising and Public Relations from Ferris State University. She paints primarily in oils in high key colors focusing on light and shadow celebrating that moment of delight she saw on her walks, visits to neighboring local farms or day trips to the city or lake shores of Michigan. In 1996 Rolison was struck with Guilian Barre' Syndrome and was hospitalized on a ventilator from November until early March of 1997 when she entered Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for therapy. She learned to drive an electric wheelchair with her chin maneuvering up and down the halls during the Mary Free Bed Art Guild's annual art exhibit. By the spring of 1999 she recovered to being ambulatory with leg braces and entered MFB's exhibit for the first time. She exhibits with them yearly and was their artist of the year in 2014. She entered ArtPrize in 2012 with her oil painting "Elder Saint" and in 2013 with her yarn doll sculpture "She's My Sister", sponsored by Artists Creating Together (ACT). She was one of ACT's featured artists in 2015 with her exhibition "All That is Good" at Keller Williams Realty in Grandville, MI. She has taken workshops with Kathleen Kainowski, Margo Burian and Eric Bowman.

Loretta's ArtPrize Entries

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    By the Fish Ladder

    2017 ArtPrize Entry Loretta Rolison
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Loretta's Past Work

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