CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT PAINTING
-Selected for ROCKINGHAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PERMANENT COLLECTION Harrisonburg, VA 2009
-Show at Middlebrook Gallery, Staunton, VA 2009
-Show at LFCC Atrium Gallery, Middletown, VA 2011
-Showing in sales gallery, Little Gallery, Montego, VA 2007--2015
-Gallery on the Square, Roanoke
-Dancing Fire Gallery, Winchester,VA 2010
-KSAW.., King St. Strasburg, VA.
-GALLERY ONE. Millwood Ave. Winchester, Va
- STUDIO GALLERY, 291 High St. Strasburg, VA
Ren has been a resident of the Shenandoah Valley for many years. Her first exhibits and sales were in Hawaii c. 1960. She has traveled widely and has exhibited her work in many countries, selling into collections in Australia, Great Britain, Japan and Mexico and the US.
Rachel Ren Crawford is listed in AMERICAN ARTISTS DIRECTORY 2006&2009, and in ART NEWS QUARTERLY ARTIST GALLERY DIRECTORY 2010.
In the 70s, Ren was an art teacher in North Carolina Public schools and was selected by the Cultural Arts program title Ill to begin a pilot program for the schools on the coast of North Carolina. She was at the same time president of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of National Pen Women's organization promoting both writing and visual art for women. St. John's Gallery in Wilmington, NC began her professional art career. After this she traveled to Japan, where she studied and where her paintings were exhibited.
She taught painting in Lexington, VA at the ROCKBRIDGE FINE ARTS WORKSHOP on the campus of W&L during the late 70s. In 1980s she became director and owner of the Danner House Art Gallery in Middletown, VA.
In the late 1990s, she was sponsored and shown by galleries in Santa Fe, N.M. (Fine Art, and Ridgeway Contemporary Art). In 2002, her paintings were included in a group show at Galleria Gora, Montreal, Canada
Each year Lord Fairfax Community hosts a showing of Abstracts by Ren in Middletown - Fauquier Co. Extension.
In 2000, she opened her own studio gallery in Strasburg, VA. where she works and displays her paintings, collages, and work in progress.