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Riva Brown: Calligrapher and Watercolor Artist
Riva and her husband Bill are co-owners of Living Letters Studio, at 1815 W 13 St., Suite 5 in Wilmington, Delaware, where they provide a full range of hand and computer lettering, custom framing, and where Riva 's paintings are on regular display.
"Prepare, then risk. Whether the project at hand is a Calligraphic Document, a Watercolor Painting or a combination of the two, the dynamic stroke is the holy grail of my work. Somewhere in every composition look for that courageous stroke. "Hopefully, the proverbial "Stroke of Genius". Bravery in handling the pen and brush yields power. Much preliminary work goes into laying down the master stroke.! practice until the stroke is ready and then execute confidently and fearlessly. "While a subject may be quiet, this is not the same as uncertainty and even calm pieces must be executed bravely."
Like many artists, Riva Brown began to apply herself seriously to her art at the age of3. Her parents recognized the potential and made sure that Riva had plenty of paper and crayons, paint by numbers, sketch books etc. Critically, it was always OK to use as much as she wanted. Throughout public school (Lore, Shortlidge, Harlan, P.S. DuPont) Riva continued to draw and paint, a lot. At the University of Delaware, Riva graduated with a degree in Art with a minor in Art History.
Since 1976, Riva has been a professional Calligrapher, specializing in high-end documents such as Retirement Scrolls, Board of Directors Resolutions and Marriage Certificates.
Founding Member and Signature Satus in Delaware Watercolor Society and Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts (DFVA), Riva has shown in a variety of shows both locally and in the surrounding area. Including Evening of Art, Immaculata College, the Rittenhouse Fine Arts Festival, Ronald McDonald House, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, The Brandywine Festival ofthe Arts, Hagley Art and Antiques.
Since Riva has been creating documents and paintings daily since 1976, the list of her clients and collectors is long. Here are a few:
The Office of the Governor: Two Governors have used her services, including the Order of the First State. The awards certificate designs for the newly re-instated Governor's Awards for the Arts. The typography for the State of Delaware on the tourist posters and State Highway map which many consider to be the informal state logo.
The Office of the Mayor of Wilmington: Various awards.
The Delaware Judiciary: The Delaware Supreme Court, The Delaware Family Court, Judge Sue Robinson, The Delaware Bar Association, The Board of Bar Examiners.
Christ Church, Grace Church, Temple AI Ha'Tzor, Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth, Beth Emeth, Beth Shalom, Church of the Holy City, Unitarian (Concord Pike).
Christiana Care Health System, St. Francis Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield.
DuPont, MBNA, Bank of Delaware, Marts & Lundy, Everfast, Bell Atlantic Delaware, AAA, Brandywine Country Club, LPGA, ALICO.
United Way of Delaware, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Jefferson Awards for Public Service, Opera Delaware, The Coordinating Council for Children, The Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International, People to People International, The Girl Scouts, The Nature Conservancy of Delaware, Delaware Pastoral Institute, Children and Families First, Delaware Nature Society, Delaware State chamber of Commerce.
Salesianum, Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington University, The University of Delaware, The Independence School, The First State School.
Marriage Documents for hundreds of couples looking for a significant way to commemorate their wedding, including Jewish Ketubahs, Quaker, interfaith, same gender, and non-traditional marriage documents. She was the recipient of a State of Delaware Fellowship Grant as an Established Professional in the category of Folk Artist for the creation of these pieces and has been described as a State Treasure. She is an approved wedding document creator for the Society of Friends.