Dear Friends and Family,

Real Art Ways depends on you. And we need you now.

In September, in years past, we’ve hosted fundraising events—at Real Art Ways. We’ve netted $100,000 each year.

This year we can’t be together in person. But we can be together in spirit. And we believe we can generate $100,000 to support our work.

We won’t be able to do it together in one night. So we’re taking 30 nights—the month of September—to meet our goal.

Thanks to our sponsors, the good news is... we’re nearly halfway there! And the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has agreed to match your contribution dollar for dollar.

You will make it possible for Real Art Ways to survive, and thrive. Please help us meet our goal.

With gratitude,

Will K. Wilkins and The Real Team

Athena Rigas at Real Art Ways

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Athena Rigas

Real Art Ways presents a solo exhibition by 2019 Real Art Awards recipient Athena Rigas.

Rigas’ vibrant paintings visualize her experience of synesthesia resulting in everyday domestic scenes becoming richly overloaded with color and patterns. The textiles and patterns that appear in her work blend cultures and recall her childhood surrounded by Greek immigrant communities.

About the Artist:

Athena Rigas is a painter and mixed media artist born and raised in New York City. She recently received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Parsons School of Design.  Her work has been exhibited among other places, at the SLEEPCENTER Gallery, NY, The MICA Decker Gallery, MD, and at The New School in NY.

To learn more about work, visit her website.

Image caption: A Less Big Splash, 24 in x 34 in, 2020, oil on canvas


The 2019 Real Art Awards is supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts.


Visual arts programming at Real Art Ways is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Welcoming You Back Safely:

Since the shutdown, we have been planning how to safely welcome people back to our space. Read about the steps we have taken HERE