About the Artist

         Robin Brooks

Bio

Robin is a Tai Chi teacher & visual artist whose joy is helping people of all ages and abilities to grow and learn in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere. 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.

Robin works in a variety of media including collage, acrylic painting, and monotype printmaking.  Her thematic interests include exploring the landscape as a means of creating more empathy. She is also reflecting on her personal history through what is left behind–photos, artifacts, and stories. Robin is a grandchild and great-grandchild of Jewish immigrants from the Pale of Settlement in Europe. She continues to explore what it means for her family to have settled in this country. “What did my ancestors bring along and what did they leave behind? How does my ancestral past inform my present?  

Robin’s studio and home sit on traditional Wabanaki land.  “Acknowledging this this means I wish to understand the history and great tragedies that have befallen First Nations peoples across the globe. With understanding and compassion, I commit to living as an ally with my Wabanaki neighbors.” 

 Robin has offered numerous art and tai chi workshops for children and adults. Please contact her to plan your next workshop or seminar. She is also available for speaking engagements and consulting.. 

photo by Jonathan Riggleman, 2020

 

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 with Toshi

photo by Allison McKeen

Robin Brooks was born in Newark, New Jersey.  She graduated with honors from West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey and has always been active in her community, volunteering and donating time to causes she believes in.  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, 1984
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts – B.F.A., Art Education, 1979

Resume

Robin Brooks 2020 C.V/

Articles and External Links:

Harlow Gallery (Kennebec Valley Art Association)

Maine Art Education Association (MAEA)

Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE)

Union of Maine Visual Artists

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)