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In 1990, Virga was an art professor in her native Lithuania, then part of the Soviet Union. Invited to show her work in Santa Monica, she discovered American artistic freedom in 1990.  Since then, her range of work has expanded, though her specialty remains figure art.  
 
“I need to express human emotion.  Every brushstroke is important for me — light and color and movement.  I always seek light.” Virga's description of her approach can be as direct as her painting style:
 
Her works include oil on canvas, monoprints, watercolor and sanguine. She was represented for nine years by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art R&S Gallery with her original monoprints.  She has exhibited in 16 solo shows and over 200 group and juried exhibits in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is in private and corporate collections.

Virga's art is showcased at her gallery in the heart of the Laguna Beach arts district. It is directly across the street from Laguna Art Museum, at the portal of Gallery Row. Virga Gallery features the work of guest artists as well as Virga's distinctively expressive work. Virga is frequently at the gallery, and welcomes conversation with collectors, artists, and the general public.

 V I R G A    S I A U C I U N A I T E :     R e s u m e  
 
EDUCATION:
 

   MA, Fine Arts, Vilnius Art Academy, Lithuania, 1980
   HS, Najalis Art School, Kaunas, Lithuania, 1972
 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 

2015-16   Art Instructor, Laguna Beach
    Private art classes at Virga Gallery
2013-14   Art Instructor, Santa Susana
    Private art classes at Virga Art Studio
2006-13  Consulting Artist, Southern California
     Instructed established artists in figure drawing and oil painting
2006  Community Art Project Instructor, Santa Barbara
     Artist in Residence
2004   Portrait Drawing Art Instructor, Palos Verdes
     Art Center
2003-04   Water Color Instructor, Long Beach
     Alpert Jewish Community Center
1995-98   Watercolor / Portrait Drawing Instructor, Manhattan Beach
     South Bay Adult School
1995-98   Art Instructor, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes
     Water Color, Multi-Media Portrait, and Printmaking; Exhibitions Committee Member
1989-90   Applied Arts Instructor for Orphaned Teens, Siauliai, Lithuania 
    Pioneer Club 
1980-89    Art Professor,  Siauliai, Lithuania
     Preiksas Pedagogical University:  Specialties were figure drawing and printmaking.  Supervised graduate
     portfolio work; sat on board of student review and evaluation committees; sat of Board of Acceptance
     to the University.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

Virga has participated in close to 200 juried, group, and solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States from 1981 to present. The first of her 19 solo shows was at age 15. She has been featured in 8 museum shows. Her history includes the following key exhibitions:
    2015 -16   Virga Gallery, Laguna Beach
    2015         Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach 
    2014         Calabasas Commons
    2013         Linus Gallery, Pasadena
    2013         Museum of the Living Artist, Balboa Park, San Diego
    2013         Waterside Gallery, Westlake Village
    2010        Alex Gallery, Washington DC
    2009-10  Virga Art Gallery, Channel Islands Harbor
    2009      “DSN Wine and Art”,  national presentation on DirecTV
    2007      Alexandre Von Malte Gallery, London, UK
    2007      Diana Bottoms Fine Art Gallery, Santa Barbara
    2007      Adriana de Moura Gallery, Fisher Island, FL
    2006      Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara
    2006      OMMA Gallery, Santa Barbara
    2003-12  Watercolor Gallery, Laguna Beach
    2003      Kolibri Art Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates
    2000     Jacob Javits Center, New York City, NY
    1999        Los Angeles County Museum of Art, R&S Gallery, Los Angeles
    1998        Sixth International Miniature Art Show, Seaside Gallery, NC
    1998        Three Perspectives, TAS Gallery, Rancho Palos Verdes
    1996-7     Stewart Gallery, Palos Verdes
    1996        Gallery 825, Los Angeles
    1996        Perspectives, Three Artists Show, Rancho Palos Verdes
    1995-98   Malaga Cove Art Show, Rancho Palos Verdes
    1992-4    Ciurlionio Museum, Lithuanian Artist in North America, Chicago
    1992       Gallery in Motion, Glendale
    1988       House of Engineering, Siauliai, Lithuania
    1989       Ecology 89 Show, Vilnius, Lithuania
    1989       Sea Ecology Exhibition, Klaipeda, Lithuania
    1989       City Showroom, Siauliai, Lithuania
    1989       House of Creativity, Palanga, Lithuania
    1987       National Young Artists Show, Vilnius, Lithuania
    1986       National 750th Anniversary of Siauliai, Lithuania
    1985       National Young Artists Show, Siauliai, Lithuania
    1984       Revolutionary Museum National Exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania
    1984       National Visual Art Exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania
    1983       Ausros Museum Young Artist Exhibition, Siauliai, Lithuania
    1982       Siauliai’s Artists, Jelgava, Latvia
    1981, 89  National Young Artists Show, Kaunas, Lithuania
    1977       TSR Art Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania
    1976       Museum of Revolution, Vilnius, Lithuania
 
ARTWORK IN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:

K. Ciurlionis Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania
Ausros Museum of History and Art, Siauliai, Lithuania
 
SPECIAL COMMISSIONS:

1996     Mural “Vineyards”, Palos Verdes
1992     Scenography: “Karalius Vagis” play, Glendale
1991     Mural “Medieval Battle”, Culver City
1989     Illustrations, Book by M. Paleckis, Vilnius, Lithuania
1986     Illustrations, “A Child’s Book”, Kaunas, Lithuania, Pozeloos Press
1982    Leather Mural, City of Siauliai Mayor’s Office, Lithuania
 
PUBLICATIONS:

Virga’s work has been featured in numerous publications; to mention a few:
    Laguna Beach Art Magazine, "Welcoming Virga Gallery", 2015
    Laguna Beach Magazine, "Lured by Love and Landscape", 2015
    ArtLA: "Dancing with Paint", 2014
    Ventura County Star, “Artist Finds Freedom of Expression in US”, 2010
    Lithuanus, Vol. 3, Morkunas, Printing Co., Chicago, 1997
    Lithuanian Artists in North America, A. Kezys, Chicago, 1994
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