Beverly and her daughter Leslie Rasporich make up White Rabbit Studios.
Beverly Rasporich (PhD) is a professor emeritus from the University of Calgary where she taught the Arts in Canada and held administrative positions. She has written numerous books and articles on Canadian Culture including Dance of the Sexes: Art and Gender in the Fiction of Alice Munro. Her compact disc, Western Place/Women’s Space highlights the visual art of painters Irene McCaugherty, Susan Ross and Esther Warkov. Recently she has turned her attention to fiction writing and the ceramic arts. In 2007, she won first prize in the Freefall Literary Magazine and in 2009, honorable mention.
She has been a lifetime supporter of the visual arts, participating in committees for the Stampede Arts Show and for Pynelogs in Invermere. Over the years, as a practicing artist she has taken a number of courses in monoprinting, life drawing, and visual expression. In retirement, she was gifted with a kiln from a colleague, allowing her the opportunity to experiment with painting on clay. She particularly enjoys creating individual clay medallions, a delight to her, and hopefully to others. She believes that art is essential to a fulfilling life whether one is an active participant or an appreciative observer.
Leslie Rasporich, BFA, graduated in drawing from the Fine Arts Program at the University of Calgary. She has taken a number of courses in the Red Deer Summer Art Series including hat making and icon painting and many creative art workshops at Spiritual Directions in Calgary. She has only recently taken up designing on clay, working out of the White Rabbit Studio in Invermere. She considers clay to be her canvas, a medium for bold and colorful motifs that are playful, decorative and textured. Her images of shoes express her longstanding interest in women’s fashion illustration. Others like sea horses and sun faces illustrate her view that art should express the joy and fun of life. Whether creating a design for a bowl or dish, decorating a hand stained box with an original ceramic lid or expressing her unique design talents through small objects, Leslie is excited to be working in a new medium. All of her pieces are one of a kind.
Artist’s Statement: My inspiration comes from a variety of visual arts. My love of drawing, painting, photography and fashion illustration inspire me on a daily basis. I have always loved the work of Edward Hopper, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Manolo Blahnik.”