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Clark College News and Events

For immediate release
September 10, 2008
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Marjorie Hirsch, Archer Gallery
Telephone: 360-992-2701


The Apple Pickers, charcoal on paper, 7' x 10.5', Proposal for Mural, 1939
The Apple Pickers, charcoal on paper, 7' x 10.5',
Proposal for Mural, 1939     Photo credit: Loren Nelson

A retrospective by Ruth Patterson Hart will be the premiere exhibit
in the 2008-2009 season at Clark College's Archer Gallery


VANCOUVER, Wash. –  Clark College's Archer Gallery presents a retrospective viewing of work by Ruth Patterson Hart curated by Trisha and Craig Kauffman. The exhibit will be on display from September 30 – October 25, 2008 with a special reception from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, October 5.

The exhibit, the first in the year in which Clark College celebrates its 75th anniversary, is free and open to the public. 

The Archer Gallery is located in the Penguin Union Building at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.  The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays.  The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

While Hart’s productive studio period was brief (from 1928 into the 1940s), she was an active participant in the art community of the time and a friend of significant individuals of the region.  They included curator Rachael Griffin; artists William Givler, Louis Bunce and Jack McLarty; and architects Pietro Belluschi and John Yeon.

Although a few individuals were aware of her early academic training and exhibitions, Hart quietly set her work aside in the family attic for 50 years and devoted her life to family and friends. Discovered by her children after her recent death, Hart’s paintings, drawings, and mural studies illuminate a keen and well-developed talent. 

"Ruth Patterson Hart – Retrospective" continues the rediscovery, initiated with a 2007 exhibition at ArtSpace Gallery in Bay City, Ore., of a heretofore unknown artist and expands our understanding of an exciting period of artmaking in the region.

The Archer Gallery exhibition is held in conjunction with “Ruth Patterson Hart – Works on Paper,” September 20 – November 8, 2008, at the Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, Ore.

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