Many know Sister Rita Schmidt, SSJ-TOSF as a dedicated teacher and as a caring hospital chaplain, but many may not know that Sister Rita is also a talented watercolor artist. Now that she is enjoying her retirement at the St. Joseph Motherhouse in Stevens Point, WI, she has been able to spend more time painting, a hobby she began about twenty years ago.
When Sister Rita isn't praying or helping her fellow Sisters, she can be found on the 4th floor of the Motherhouse in a previously unused room that has been converted to a small artist studio. In her studio, she is able to create her artworks, which most often are beautiful floral scenes.
Recently, one of Sister Rita's paintings was accepted into the "Winter's Garden" juried exhibit at the Dale and Annette Schuh Riverfront Arts Center in Stevens Point, WI. The painting, titled "Natures Bouquet" was selected for the exhibition which featured 90 works of art by about 65 artists. The "Winter's Garden" exhibit features works that are all botanical or garden related. The show includes paintings, photographs, jewelry, sculpture and fused glass.
"As a hospital chaplain I learned the importance of having a creative outlet, everyone needs this kind of opportunity to enrich their spirit" states Sister Rita.
The "Winter's Garden" exhibit runs through February 22, 2015.