Rachel Avenia is an award-winning artist whose work has been collected and featured in exhibits nationally as well as in Europe.  She nurtures a lifelong love of rivers, bays, and oceans along the Northeast coast. Much of her work depicts the peace and often overlooked beauty found at the fringes of popular, well-traveled urban areas. Rachel’s work invokes musings about light, texture, and color as well as the meditative qualities of where earth, sky, and water meet.

Rachel Avenia studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League in New York City.  She considers Tonalism and American Impressionism to be her stylistic influences.  Just as influential on her style is her time spent working in rustic shacks and remote villages in the Northeast.

Rachel has taught art history at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ and has presented workshops on digital images for fine artists.

Recent group shows include:

  • Northeast National Pastel Exhibit at View Arts, Old Forge, NY
  • The Degas Pastel Society Eighteenth Membership Exhibition at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
  • The National at the Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
  • For Pastels Only atthe Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA
  • The 34th Annual Regional Juried Show at the Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ

Awards include:

  • 2014 Copper Beech Award, Ridgewood Art Institute
  • 2013 Award of Excellence, Degas Pastel Society Eighteenth Membership Exhibition
  • 2013 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Award, 33rd Annual Regional Juried Show, Ridgewood Art Institute
  • 2012 Honorable Mention, Salmagundi Non-Member’s Show

Rachel is a juried artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association, an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Degas Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She lives with her husband, two cats and several hundred thousand honey bees in East Sandwich, MA.