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See local artist's paintings at River Hills

LAKE WYLIE -- Rita Golder is the featured artist at River Hills Country Club. Her paintings will be on display through Aug. 10.

Golder became interested in painting while taking high school and college art painting classes. Subsequently, after her marriage to Tom Golder in 1954, she had little time for painting while raising her family.

Once the children were grown, Golder started painting again with the Princeton Art Association and several of her paintings were on display at that time at the McCarter Theater at Princeton University.

Golder moved to Chicago and worked at the Sales and Rental Gallery in the Art Institute of Chicago. After leaving the Art Institute, she opened a shop in Woodstock, Ill., where she sold her designed silk scarves, hand-painted baskets and handbags.

In 1989, the Golders left Barrington, Ill., and retired to River Hills. She started painting again after taking lessons from Andy Braitman in Matthews, N.C.

She has always enjoyed doing abstract paintings but recently has concentrated in landscapes of scenes from her travels in Provence and Tuscany, as well as the Hudson River Valley and mountains near her hometown of Cold Springs, N.Y.

Oil and acrylics are her favorite medium. Golder finds enjoyment in creating colorful abstract designs.