CityView Racquet Club Brings the South of France to Their Gallery Wall with Paintings by Club Member Linda Vance

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Club member and painter displays works on the tennis and racquet club's gallery wall to bring summer scenery to wintertime in New York.

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It's a win-win situation: to have my paintings be recognized and to generate so much interest in the club because of the exhibit.

CityView Racquet Club, located in Long Island City, is pleased to bring the South of France to their gallery wall through the paintings of artist Linda Vance. Vance has been a member of CityView Racquet Club since early 2014 and has made a third career as a self-taught painter since 1990.

In France, Vance lives on a small road that offers scenic views of Mediterranean bays on both sides. The location serves as Vance's inspiration for her paintings, which contain colorful seascapes and other scenes around the shoreline and town.

"Many of my paintings are scenes from my life in France," Vance said. "The bays in particular are surrounded by pleasant walkways where there are plenty of flowers to paint."

CityView Racquet Club always has artworks on display on their gallery wall. Most of the works are by members and some of the paintings are also available for purchase.

Vance had knee trouble a few years ago and was told by her doctor to keep playing tennis while she was in Manhattan for the winter months. She set out to find some soft courts and get some health and fitness tips, which brought her to CityView Racquet Club.

"I like the club a lot," Vance said. "The staff and managers at the facility are friendly and helpful, the range and number of teaching [tennis] pros is impressive and the whole athletic department is headed by two very good tennis directors."

Vance's paintings got noticed after she sent a thank you note with her art on it to club staff members. "When I first joined the club last winter, I met with many people and sent them all a card as a thank you," she said.

Tennis co-director Joe Perez received one of her cards and told Vance that winter was the perfect time for CityView Racquet Club to display her depictions of the South of France.

Vance was first inspired to paint in 1990 after she and her husband took a vacation to the South of France. She prefers to use acrylic paint for her art, which she creates in her home in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the Côte d’Azur, which is a small town between Nice and Monte Carlo.

"I started painting because of the color and scenery there," said Vance. "I have my own style, and I paint what I see and paint in my own way -- and in that case I saw so much color and so many beautiful seascapes."

Vance and her husband, Michael Ridder, live five months of the year in Beaulieu and spend the remainder of the year in New York. In addition to painting, Vance has also worked as a journalist, editor and as a consultant.

So far, the reception to Vance's paintings, which went on display on Feb. 2, has been overwhelmingly positive.

"I appreciate the response that has come from the members and the staff," Vance said. So far, four of her paintings have been sold, and she expects a few more to sell by the end of the exhibit.

"I feel great about the appreciation I'm getting from the members of the club and certainly from the staff and managers," she said. "It's a win-win situation: to have my paintings be recognized and to generate so much interest in the club because of the exhibit."

As a result of this success, Vance has been offered to do another show elsewhere in Manhattan.

The paintings will be on display at CityView Racquet Club through March 31, 2015. Inquiries about the paintings can be made to lindasvance(at)yahoo(dot)com or at CityView Racquet Club's front desk.

About CityView Racquet Club

CityView Racquet Club offers top services to its members. A private facility, CityView Racquet Club is comprised of over 80,000 square feet, and uses state-of-the-art fitness equipment. To learn more, visit

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