Cornelia Raring's interest in art began with early childhood private lessons with local artists. She graduated with honors from New York School of Interior Design. Over the years she continued her devotion to art by teaching classes at Glastonbury Art Society, contributed illustrations to the Nature Conservancy and had her works shown extensively.
In Northern Virginia, Cornelia was a member of the National League of American Pen Women, artist member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, the Vienna Art Society and the Springfield Art Guild.
When her husband Mike retired, they moved to Spotsylvania county and Cornelia became a member of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts.
Cornelia and Mike were avid library users and supporters. They made weekly visits to the Salem Church branch of the library and Cornelia often reserved multiple copies of books for the Summerlake book group.
Cornelia's death in July was felt not just by her family, but by friends and admirers. The Summerlake book group donated money to purchase art books for the Salem Church branch. Library staff miss stealing a few moments to discuss not just books, but art and current events with Cornelia.
Selected works from the exhibit:
"Cedars of Hanover"