Reflecting on it in her book, Barbara recalls, “One evening, while carving late in the studio at home, I felt I needed another perspective to the piece I was working on. I turned off the lights and felt the work in the dark. It was as though a burst of light went off in my head.”
That sensation led to the “Touchables” exhibit, specifically designed for the visually impaired to physically engage in the appreciation of art.
Other highlights of her career Include being honored in 1997 by the State of Georgia, as “One of the Top Georgia Women in the Visual Arts,” and creating a 5-1/2 ton, monumental Carerra marble statuary tribute to the 1996 Olympic athletes. “Ovation” was dedicated on the site of the Athletes’ Village of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
In addition to her numerous Invitational exhibitions throughout the Atlanta area, her work has been shown at the “Mozart’s Art Festival,” in Babenhausen, Germany, and at the Sculpture Americane al Femminile Galleria D'Arte in Pisa, Italy. She has taught sculpting both privately and as a guest lecturer from Atlanta to Pietrasanta, Italy.
Over the years, the demand for Rheingrover’s work has increased considerably. Her corporate and private collections are found in places as diverse as The Hague, Holland, The Lucky Group in Seoul, Korea, the Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico, the Kentucky School for the Blind, Nebraska, Michigan, Washington, D.C., Colorado, Arkansas, and throughout the Southeast.
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