Judith Kerrigan Ribbens
CREATIVITY UNLIMITED
ARTIST

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER​
Some years ago, I brought two paintings to my parents which I had done as gifts for them. To my surprise, my mother handed me my kindergarten report card. The teacher had written that I showed a talent for art and recommended that I be encouraged to become an artist. The next year I was enrolled in a private school where no art was taught and that was to continue for twelve years. By the time I reached my senior year in high school, I no longer even considered art as an option.​ 
Denied access to artistic training as a child and ​in much of my adult life, I rediscovered my talent when a friend asked me to enroll in her design class at a local technical school.  She needed another body for the class to ​be held. I surprised myself and had a wonderful time.  Years later I now work in watercolor, oils, acrylics, have two sculptures, numerous prints and particularly love mixed media/collage.

Here is a link to my other artist's web page:
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www.fineartamerica.com/​judyribbens​
CURRENT ART ACTIVITIES

 2016 I am currently working as a mental health counselor using Arts
T​​​​herapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and portions of other therapies such as Internal Family Systems, Brainspotting, and Gestalt.

 2017 My work as a counselor has taken most of my time. I am feeling the loss of creating art. But one day stands out. My great grandson, Myles Deutscher, was born with multiple heart defects and our family and his were catapulted into fund-raising for the many tests and operations he's had to undergo...at least 7 surgical procedures since his birth and more to come. One of those fundraiser was an auction and my collage, AFTERNOON BOUQUET garnered $140.00 with another on-the-spot painting I did adding another $40. It didn't seem like much but the people who donated for AFTERNOON BOUQUET then gave the picture to Myles' parents, Eric and Kelci Deutscher, for their home. A beautiful and kind gift! 

​Who knows what 2018 will bring? 

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THE OLD SENTINEL
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ISLAND SPIRITS
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WINTER FANTASY
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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER
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ARTS EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
I began to take classes at night and in summer, one per semester. This continued for some years. They included:
Sculpture, Ceramics,​​​​ Life Drawing, Oil Painting, Intaglio Printing, Serigraphy (screen printing), and Monoprinting.
Teachers included Wisconsin artist, Caroline Beckett, Nigerian artist Clary Nelson Cole, Tim Josephs, and Kurt Heuer.

     In the Green Bay community​​ I took my first watercolor class from Bridget Austin.
     At Northeast Wisconsin Technical Institute, I took Mary Curran's class where I discovered I really had undeveloped talent.
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​     I am privileged to have taken one watercolor workshop from international artist, Zoltan Szabo, may he rest in peace, and I have autographed copies of several of his books.

     I had dance training in Afro-Brazilian dance, Modern dance, Ballet from Nicolai Makaroff, and ballroom dance.​​

     I graduated with a B.S. degree in Human Development from UW-GB and combined that some years later with art to obtain post-graduate Art Therapy certification at Mt. Mary College, Milwaukee, and then followed that with​ further training at Lesley University, Cambridge MA, to obtain a master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapies. At Lesley and Mt. Mary I had the great privilege of being taught by some of the pioneers in the art, music, and dance and movement therapies, including Sean McNiff, Don Jones, Thomas Moore, Paolo Knill, Evadne McNeill, and many others. 

     I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin and have spent over twenty-five years in the mental health field. With additional training in trauma and EMDR counseling, I have had the opportunity and privilege to use the arts as healing tools with many clients and groups.

     I have healed myself from addiction, depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome using the arts--with guidance from counselors at times--but it was instinctive in me to do this. 

     In my experience, there has been nothing as emotionally healing as participation in the arts. This experience is replicated for people throughout the world again and again at art schools, galleries, ​​and programs which bring the arts to those who need and seek joy. 

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HIBISCUS
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BLUE IRIS
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An art essay on disappearing farms, this is a large multi-dimensional collage. It is currently not framed, but would look great in a simple frame of recycled barn wood.
FOLK SONG FOR AN OLD FARM
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GIFT FROM ZOLTAN
This in no way resembles Szabo's work, but his encouragement allowed me to work spontaneously, freely, and to enjoy abstraction. This was done in his workshop.

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WILLOW RIVER FLOWS
watercolor on watercolor board
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DANCE OF THE SUN SPIRITS
mixed media collage
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HIBISCUS
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LEAF TROPICALE
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WATER GREEN
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A GLAD CELEBRATION
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LEAF
mixed media/collage
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CARIBBEAN SUNSET
watercolor collage
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NIGHT WINGS
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CANYON SPIRITS
mixed media/collage
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MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY
watercolor/collage
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NEW MEXICO SUNRISE
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SEARCHING FOR CIBOLA
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THE OLD ORDER PASSETH
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AUTUMN NOCTURNE
mixed media/collage
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SONGS FROM A DISTANT UNIVERSE
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MCGILLICUDDY'S REEKS, IRELAND
watercolor
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OLD EDEN'S CALL
found object, collage, beading
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OPENING PANDORA'S BOX
watercolor and paper collage, stamping with batik designs​
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MRS. GOOD'S GARDEN
There really was a Mrs. Good and she really did have a garden in Indianapolis, IN. I was six years old.​
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Originally a hand-pulled print series of 25, this is the only one left.
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