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This October President’s Palette isn’t by me, but is co-authored by several BWS members of a devoted, weekly watercolor group. One of the group’s members is a very special and treasured lady who comes faithfully and paints... well, I’m not going to tell the story, they are...
Interview Text: Deborah Cohan and Susan Bradley
Images supplied by: Angela Lacy
Ruth, at 101 years, is the oldest of our BWS members. She was born in Oregon but has travelled the world. She started drawing when she was about 4 years old. She clearly remembers drawing a cat and a fish. Her mother, also an artist, thought they were exceptional and put them in her baby book. Ruth always found a way to create art with whatever was near at hand. This was her outlet. She took art classes in high school, and those started her painting career. She attended University of Oregon, where she majored in Art. Her first exhibition was at about age 18, when she had a painting exhibited in a Portland art museum.
Ruth has lived in the US as well as in Vienna. She traveled with her husband, who was with the International Atomic Energy Association, and her 3 children. Her paintings often reflect those travels, especially those of Japan.
Her 90th year was particularly exciting for Ruth. Her work was recognized by Frank Webb, and he awarded her the Gold Medal at the Mid-Atlantic Exhibition that year. She also had a solo show at the National Eye Institute at NIH. They have retained 3 of her paintings. This was to highlight how someone with macular degeneration and who is legally blind could produce such remarkable work.
Ruth credits Susan Herron (BWS, NWS) for bringing artists of like mind together. Susan taught watercolor at the retirement home where she resides. It is out of those who participated, both residents and nonresidents, that her present painting group evolved. Ruth continues to paint with the group every Tuesday and she serves as inspiration for all of us. She says that in addition to painting together, she loves hearing the conversation and getting the support of others.
She currently is working on a series she calls "Cloud Paintings" and is influenced by memories, especially of her beloved Oregon and happy times with her sisters, now 103 and 99. She says, “Keep going, don’t stop”. It is with that in mind that her doctor recently told her she would probably live to 120.
To read more about several of our other fabulous "over 90" BWS Life Members, click on the link to our November 2020 newsletter
“What’s a Life Member?” www.baltimorewatercolorsociety.org/november2020newsletter/
Recently BWS sent an email to Life Members asking for a donation to help BWS cover the cost of the beautiful full-color catalog of the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition. This is just one of the many BWS membership benefits our Life Members receive to ensure they are aware of the results of this wonderful exhibition. Did you know BWS spends over $10/catalog just for the cost of producing and bulk mailing the Mid-Atlantic Catalog, and it would be more if not for reduced costs due to the design and production by a BWS member.
As our President, Sharon Morell, stated in the solicitation email, “I love being a BWS Life Member because, instead of paying “Dues”, I can designate a voluntary “Donation” that benefits the whole community as well as our BWS organization – such as Scholarships/Awards for the next generation of Watercolor Artists and/or for Exhibits in new locations.”
We want to thank the quick response by nearly 20 Life Members. We so appreciate your thoughtfulness and are delighted to see donations from new and continuing Life Members. Your support gives us confidence that our programs, workshops, exhibitions and other initiatives are resounding with you. If you have not yet donated and want to contribute you may make a donation online - use the following link:
To donate by check, make your check out to BWS, note as Donation, and mail to:
103 Avondale Circle
Severna Park, MD 21146
Donations to BWS are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the current financial statement of Baltimore Watercolor Society, Inc. is available at www.BaltimoreWatercolorSociety.org or by writing BWS, 14032 Howard Road, Dayton, MD 21036-1020 or by calling (443) 766-0148. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.
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Secretary: Deborah Cohan, 301-977-6212
Treasurer: April Rimpo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-766-0148
Assistant Treasurer: Ruth Lampi, email@example.com 240-515-0552
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Membership/Jurying: Kathleen Gardiner, 410-991-1183
Mid-Atlantic Awards: Janet Arsenault, 410-713-0248
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Exhibits Chair: David Drown, 410-971-9769
Exhibits: Kathy Daywalt, 410-507-1662
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