Friday, June 22, 2012
ATC for Ruth Walters
Ruth has moved to Santa Fe to be closer to her family as her health has become a challenge and she will certainly be missed. She's a delightful woman and an extremely talented artist and it has been a pleasure and privilege to know her. When I first moved to Santa Barbara in 1985, Ruth had a store in the downtown area that featured beautiful hand-made objects. You could buy locally made art in price ranges from $10 to $5,000. It was a wonderful store and, being mostly broke at the time, I loved that I could go there when it was time to buy a gift for some occasion and be sure to find something fantastic in my price range. The quality and creativity of the merchandise was a direct reflection of Ruth's artist eye.
I didn't know Ruth then, but was fortunate to get to know her later in her fiber-arts years and have always been in awe of her talent. I can remember several well-know art quilt teachers who would wander by her table during a workshop and make suggestions, not knowing that she had her own clear vision and would end up with a work that would blow the rest of us out of the water.
Happy trails, Ruth! Your unique energy and talent will be missed around here.