Lauren Rader is an artist and art educator whose works range from stark minimalist paintings to vibrant abstract pastels. Her works are in numerous private and corporate collections, have been exhibited at the White House and were selected by the Arts in Embassy Program for the U.S. Embassy in Fiji.

Rader’s earlier works include richly colored dream-like pastels, and abstract sculptures in clay and stone. She earned her bachelor of arts at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and studied painting as a Nieman affiliate at Harvard University. Rader taught art for 12 years in private schools in Oakland and Berkeley, California, spent 10 summers directing the art program at a sleep-away camp in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, and has been coaching and teaching adults since 2005.

In 2005 Rader opened her studio to the public for the first time, teaching classes called Releasing the Creative Powers Within. These popular classes have been life changing for many of her students.

Lauren’s book, Studio Stories, Illuminating Our Lives through Art, enjoys uniformly 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Published by Shanti Arts Publishing, Studio Stories relates the deeply personal, and true journeys of her students – women who venture together into the buried, revealing world of inner creativity, and discover that the creative path leads deep within, to hidden thoughts and memories, and, for some, to dramatic life changes.

Alongside the women’s stories, Rader offers her gleanings from a lifetime of teaching and artistry. She shares her philosophy of creativity as birthright, and through “river lessons” that precede each chapter, takes the reader along on daily walks by the Potomac River, where nature offers artistic inspiration and lessons for life.

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