The theme at Collington for this year’s Black History Month is “Productive and Active.” Arts and crafts are now on display showing many products of being active. The glass cases in the Clock Tower contain work of residents including stained glass and needle point. Other products organized by Delores Hawkins are hung in the auditorium corridor. They include a jigsaw puzzle completed by Ron Hawkins and the picture, Fields to Factory, loaned by the Hawkinses. Students of SAGE classes may recognize work of the teacher, Albert Hurley, whose portraits are in the corridor. Pictures created by resident Madeline Wilson are scheduled for the exhibit. Von Willingham loaned her picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. The general effect of the displays is a demonstration of production contributed by the Collington community.
The work of Ruth Schrock now on display in the library corridor is distinctive for several reasons. For one, she shows her work in both painting and photography. That her photography is film-based is significant in this day of digital work. The pieces now displayed come from her work while a student, and most of the subjects resulted from course assignments as she majored in fine arts. Painting and photography were favorite media, and both required seeing and interpreting.
The painting “Space Form Puzzle III” was inspired by a particularly interesting tree bark and was part of a three-part series. The first two were totally abstract, and the third evolved into this more representational form. “After Braque” and “After Pollack” came after studies of their work then selecting stylistic elements for interpretation in her own painting. The photographic series “Passages, as Metaphors for Life” resulted from a semester-long study on a singular subject. Doorways, hallways, and windows all speak to the mystery and unknowns we experience as humans. During the 70’s and 80’s she was included in juried exhibitions in Indiana, Michigan, and Virginia.
While Ruth’s career path was circuitous, from early childhood on she enjoyed visual stimulation, long before she knew what “fine arts” meant. She first received a BS in Nursing and spent several years in psychiatric nursing before becoming a “stay at home mom.” It was during that time that she began her art studies. After completion of her fine arts program, she worked as a free-lance photographer for a time, but found long hours in the dark room too isolating. She then found her way into the interior design field, which she has enjoyed for the last 30 years. In her interior design, she sees rooms as giant canvases waiting to be filled with form and color.
Ruth’s show will be up through February.
Contributed by Don Collins
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society of Washington, DC, is celebrating its 84th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature at the historic Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda. This year 292 artists are participating in this juried exhibit. Among them is Clarita Ricketts, one of Collington’s resident artists, who has been a member of the Society for the past eight years.
To further celebrate this event, the Interiors Group is honoring Clarita with her own one-woman show here at Collington. 53 of her original works are featured, many framed by the Collington frame shop!
From upper left, clockwise – Grouping 1-6, Aspects of Collington, Untitled, and stamp-sized Country Garden.
For the first time, Clarita will offer some of her originals for purchase. Please walk down the auditorium hallway and enjoy this unique and beautiful exhibit. And be sure to bring a magnifier or reading glasses!