About the Artist

         Robin Brooks

Robin selfie June 26 2014

Bio

Robin is a Tai Chi teacher & visual artist whose joy is helping people of all ages and abilities. By skillfully combining age-old forms and improvising, she helps young and old to reduce stress, improve inner and outer balance, and develop their Chi (energy) for health and well-being. She works in a variety of media including collage, oils and acrylics, and monotype printmaking.  Her interests include the Maine landscape and our relationship to the natural world.

Robin is active in the field of art education both as a teacher and consultant. She currently works at Williams-Cone School in Topsham as the Elementary Art Specialist. As a teaching artist, she has offered numerous workshops for children and adults including “Authentic Art in Early Childhood” for preschool programs and collage workshops at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine.  She is an artist member of Union of Maine Visual Artists

My favorite place to swim is beautiful in all seasons.

My favorite place to swim is beautiful in all seasons.

and Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner, Maine.  Her primary studio is at home in Topsham.

Robin Brooks speaking at the opening of the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust Plein Air Exhibit, Thornton Oaks, June 2014

Robin Brooks speaking at the opening of the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust Plein Air Exhibit, Thornton Oaks, June 2014

Personal

Robin Brooks was born in Newark, New Jersey.  She graduated with honors from West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey.  A resident of Maine since 1987, Robin lives in Topsham with her husband Jon Riggleman, a high school English teacher and their cat Toshi.

Education

Parsons School of Design, New York , N.Y. – M.F.A., Painting
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts – B.F.A., Art Education

C.V.: Robin Brooks Artist resume 2014

Organizational Memberships

Harlow Gallery (Kennebec Valley Art Association)
Maine Art Education Association (MAEA)
Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE)
North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)

Articles and External Links:

Plein air painting in the Katahdin Woods and Waters Park(video)

Intersecting Planes: The Collages of Robin Brooks (article)

Maine Magazine Poetry Page (Apple Tree Autumn)

Circling the Square Press, Gardiner, Maine (website)