Service: Website TLC
Rita Bolla is a mixed-media artist (mostly oil on canvas) who lives in Kingston, NY. I was introduced virtually by my dear high school friend Christopher, who also happens to be her husband as well as occasional collaborator. A hands-on artist, Rita had an existing WordPress website which she maintained on her own, but it reached the point where she wanted a refresh and some help with making that happen.
We talked about a minimalist solution which would reflect her aesthetic while allowing her art to shine, and chose a template which she’d feel comfortable supporting on her own post-launch. One of my favorite features is the search menu which slides in on the left (desktop version) and features her Gallery by collection as well as a 4-column Instagram feed integration.
When launched, to save time Rita requested we continue using a gallery plug-in she chose while building her previous site. Unfortunately about 3 months later her new site unexpectedly crashed. After a quick assessment, I figured out it was due to the gallery. Unfortunately the developers of that plug-in had not updated their product alongside WordPress updates, and in that time the plug-in became dysfunctional enough to take out Rita’s entire site. So I backed files up via her site host, researched new gallery options, removed the plug-in, and began rebuilding Rita’s entire gallery using a new, reputable gallery plug-in.
Rita still continues to make her own site updates and changes, while making art (both self-inspired and commissioned), creating and attending gallery shows of her work, promoting the publication of her first book (learn more about The Story of How I Found You), teaching art as therapy at local community centers and tending to her beautiful son…while anxiously awaiting her second child!
It has been a pleasure to help Rita develop her site while honoring her desire to remain hands-on in its growth.