Cathee vanRossem-St.Clair is a miniaturist who has earned national and international recognition for her paintings on eggshells. She began her art career in 1974 and won the highest award in New York City’s first Women In Design International Competition in 1981. Since then she has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, a national art publication that referred to her as “one of ten artists we can’t forget” and has been nominated for the American Artist Magazine Achievement Award for her lifetime work as an artist. She has been invited to showcase her work in special exhibitions in the Performing Arts Center of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Rosa, California, and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada. Her art has been featured in solo exhibits in galleries throughout the country and continues to be sought after by art collectors in the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. One of her painted eggs, commissioned by The White House, is now in the National Archives.
Cathee was one of ten artists selected to participate in collaboration between the California Arts Council and the California Arts Project to teach inner-city students about the relationship between fragility and caring in her Egg Painting Compassion Project. Since 1988 she has been offering this program to third and fourth graders in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and has worked with two generations of children (over 10,000 young minds and hearts). In 1999 The Rotary Club of Tahoe City named her an honorary Paul Harris Fellow for her artistic service to the community. Cathee vanRossem-St.Clair is also an award-winning poet and storyteller, an alumna of the prestigious Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and has been invited as a guest to teach storytelling at the University of Nevada Reno and the Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. She has been a returning artist, storyteller, and poet in Trails and Vistas, a Tahoe/Truckee art hike designed to create experiences of art in nature that inspire environmental awareness. In North Lake Tahoe she is simply known as “The Egg Lady.”