David Stone
Until July 14th, Color & Connection, Toshiko Kitano Groner at Gallery RIVAA

For the last ten years, I’ve watched Toshiko Kitano Groner evolve as an artist. With each season of group shows and occasional solos at her home base, Gallery RIVAA on Roosevelt Island, she’s surprised with fresh variations on her colorist esthetic. Solo exhibits, like Color & Connection, coming up in June, are delightful demonstrations of the current state of her enthusiasms.

On June 15th, the public’s invited to an opening reception for Color & Connection at Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street. Artist Toshiko Kitano Groner will be on hand from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to introduce her work and discuss what makes her creative blood flow.

Toshiko Kitano Groner

Groner left Japan to pursue a career in music. She loved writing songs, singing her songs at clubs in Greenwich Village, New York City and the immediacy of music. Soon, she became a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and saw three of her songs performed by an opera company in Carnegie Hall.

Motherhood interrupted her musical progression, and when she was ready to unleash her creative impulses again, it was the visual arts to which she turned.

Until July 14th, Color & Connection, Toshiko Kitano Groner at Gallery RIVAA

Her brother, still in Japan, was an abstract expressionist painter, and a fortuitous attempt to promote his work here led to her meeting Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association co-founder Arlene Jacoby and being invited to join the collective herself.

The rest is history as Toshiko has spent the last twenty years honing her craft. Color has never left the central focus of her work, even as she’s moved away from figuration into abstractions, tones and hues serving as her language.

Art lovers look forward to seeing what this naturally passionate painter has done recently.

Join her at the opening reception and see for yourself.