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Artists of the Month - August

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Patricia K. (Burns) Riegle, of West Branch, Michigan, for the month of August.

Patricia K. (Burns) Riegle is married with five children, twenty-six grandchildren, thirty plus great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  Yes, that makes five generations!

She was born in Saginaw Michigan, graduating from Durand High School.  After her marriage, she lived in Midland County for a few years and presently resides in Ogemaw County.  Past employment includes Probate Court, Township Clerk and Accountant for a private firm.

Self-taught, Patricia completed the Famous Artists School Correspondence course, but was unable to pursue her passion for art until her children were grown.  In 1992, she joined the West Branch Creative Arts Association.  With the help and guidance of her new artist friends, she began painting.  After a few years, she created “Journey of Love”, a watercolor painting of her newly adopted daughter from China.  A year later, she painted “Lovely Reveal” and decided not to sell it.  However, people were interested in purchasing these pieces, so she began a search for someone to make prints.  Quite by chance, she found Peter O’Neil in St. Augustine, Florida while on vacation.  Peter introduced her to the Giclee print process.  For the next few years, Peter mentored her.  The most encouraging statement he made was “you are not a hobby artist”!  This statement inspired her to continue to paint.  He also said, “never give up”.   Peter himself is a self-taught successful artist, so that was the common bond.  Other studies include summer art classes at Kirtland Community College.

Patricia has won numerous awards in art shows throughout Michigan, including the Rehmann Purchase Award at the Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2019.

Patricia’s art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., August 5 through August 31st