Vienna Arts Society Meeting

Collage artist demo open to the public

Join us November 14 at 7:30 pm to see Ronni Jolles demonstrate her method for creating colorful “paintings” by layering cut and ripped paper from around the world. 

Jolles will present a program on “Painting with Paper,” her new and innovative art form, following the Vienna Arts Society’s membership meeting at the Vienna Art Center, Windover Building, 243 Church St., NW, Vienna, VA 22180.
Tel. 703-319-3971

Jolles, whose primary medium is paper, will share examples of the papers she has gathered from places such as Thailand, Japan, Nepal, Tibet, Mexico and Egypt.  In addition to discussing her background and her motivation for creating this new art form, Jolles will share finished and in-process examples of her work.

A graduate of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, and Cornell University, Jolles continued her studies at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC.   After working as an art educator for 18 years, Jolles became a full-time artist and began to use layered paper to create textural paintings.

“Paper is an amazing material and is highly respected in other cultures as a thing of beauty,” says Jolles.  “It is unusual in this country to think of paper as more than just the surface to put the artwork on.  I rip, cut and manipulate the papers as I glue them to stretched canvas and the papers become the art.  Each paper has its own color and texture, and I use acrylics paint and sealants on top of the papers to accent the textures, add variation of color and make the work archival.”

For more information about Ronni Jolles, visit

Vienna Art Center, Windover Building, 243 Church St., NW, Suite 100 LL, Vienna.  Open to the public. Free.; 703-319-3971.

Attached images: 

“Pink Reflections,” layered paper and acrylics, 20” x 38”, by Ronni Jolles

“Autumn Sky,” layered paper and acrylics, 20” x 30”, by Ronni Jolles

Ronni Jolles

“Winter Blues,” layered paper, colored pencil and acrylics, 24” x 24”, by Ronni Jolles