OPEN STUDIOS 2020

#19 Ruth Chase

A Free Self Guided Tour in Nevada City

October 10, 11, 17 & 18 

10AM – 5PM

VIEWING OPTIONS

In Person #19 on Tour, Schedule Private Viewing, Live CAM, or Pre Recorded Video.


Ruth Chase is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute whose work engages and activates community bridge-building. She created the West of Lincoln Project, which was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for Art in Action, as well as a grant to an individual artist from the Carl Jacobs Foundation. Granted a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in NY, published in Professional Artist Magazine, Catapult Art Magazine and Huffington Post, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum. Ruth was awarded an Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for BELONGING, I AM HERe, and most recently HOME. BELONGING screened at 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (AKA “Sundance of the Sierra”), and at Wild & Scenic Film Festival during 2019.


LIVE CAM DURING TOUR

Stop by Ruth’s Studio via Zoom Live CAM October 10 & 17 from 11AM – 3PM

Opening Reception | Center For The Arts Thursday, October 8, 5 – 7 PM. Show runs through October 25.

There will be a 25% (58 people) capacity for the gallery and masks will be required.

RSVP Open Reception: https://sforce.co/2QY9FrD 

Private Viewings:  Reserve time to privately view the show here: https://sforce.co/2EZAAAX 

The Granucci Gallery 
314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

SCHEDULE A PRIVATE STUDIO VISIT Optional

Choose a day and time that works for you.

October 10, 11, 17, 18

9:30 AM or at 6PM

Events


Opening Reception 

Center For The Arts  | The Granucci Gallery 
314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Open Studios 2020

Self Guided Tour
October 10 – 11 & 17 – 18 | 10AM – 5PM

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What Does It Mean To Be A Woman

A Solo Exhibition
Aug. 3 – Sept. 21, 2021
The Granucci Gallery, Grass Valley, CA

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ONGOING

Skill Share, an online class with Ruth Chase

Artist as Activist

Studio Visit

I invite you to visit my studio anytime. No worries, you don’t have to be an art collector to have a reason to visit. I’m located in Nevada City, CA.

For an in-person visit or a virtual tour via Zoom or Facetime, please feel free to schedule a day and time that works for you.

The Center For The Arts Presents
Open Studios 2020 Nevada County West

  • 2020 Tour: October 10 – 11 & 17 – 18 | 10AM – 5PM
  • Opening Reception: October 8 | 5PM – 7PM
  • FREE, self-guided art tour of Nevada County’s western region. 75+ Artists | 15 Galleries & Group Studios

SCHEDULE A STUDIO VISIT
Ruths Cell 530.409.2330


ART AND CAKE

PHOTO: From Art and Cake : Pandemic Art Studio Photo Essays for Art and Cake by Kristine Schomaker

What was once an inadequate space to work has become a dream come true studio-ette. With the need to work from home now, and a gratitude shift, I had to abandon a big sexy studio and turn our one-car garage into my workspace. Ruth Chase

Saturday Morning Question

Now in Year Three, Belonging manifests as HOME, and elicits perspectives on cultural identity from our less represented populations. Ideas of “home” are being explored through the lens of art salons, our gold country history, our recovering native population, and our recent immigrants. Critical bridge building tools are emerging through creative practices, as we meet. Saturday Morning Question ran from 2017 – 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOME is an initiative of Nevada County Arts Council led by Artist Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by the California Arts Council through its Artists in Communities Program.

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I AM HERe Installation

Women in a Rural County

Women are an essential part of any community, yet their sense of belonging is often tied into gender roles, not always satisfying their sense of belonging. Mother, sister, partner, we all have women in our lives. I AM HERe is intended to mirror the voices of how men and women view women’s unique sense of belonging against the backdrop of our rural community. Lead artist Ruth Chase has sought to examine her own sense of belonging over the course of a year by asking questions through social media and taking her personal journey alongside the community. Now, the public is invited to share their own stories about themselves or the women in their lives by participating in the public art installation.

Yes, SHE Persisted

SHE Persisted an event by YubaLit  |  Featuring Author Bridget Quinn

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Ruth Chase on May 31, 2018 at SHE Persisted

This is an essay I read at SHE Persisted about how I overcame a time in my life when I was the most discouraged and wanted to give up being an artist. It starts and ends with a self portrait I painted that changed my life and was the first step I took to create my own “rags to riches” journey. Well, not so much not riches in the form of money.

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Spring 2015: I’m on the back end of my 40s, and this time I’m going to really give up. Pursuing an art career feels hopeless, and the uphill battle I’m fighting right now is more than I can handle. It’s 4:00 am Monday morning—hot coffee, cell phone, Facebook app, and the dog. Every week my husband will be gone from Monday to Thursday or Friday. I’ve committed to homeschooling our only child; I feel lost, I feel alone. Every bit of my spiritual energy is being given to our beautiful daughter who will turn 10 in May. I had no idea that motherhood would take this long or be this hard, that I would feel so disconnected from my dreams and my art. I’ll be 50 before ya know it; I don’t have the time or energy to pick up a paintbrush. “Who am I kidding? Get a real job! I’ll never be a working artist.” I’ve been through this before, but this time it’s different.

I BELONG HERE Pop Up

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2017 ongoing

A pop-up installation where Ruth asks people if they want a hug and if she can take an instant photo of passers-byes, then encouraging them to hang the photo where it could be seen as a reminder of their importance and value to their community. The backdrop is a pop up photo booth intended to be a personal encounter with another human,  changing the roll of the selfie from an isolated “look at me” photo to a visceral experience that involved contact and purpose.

Sketch Artist for Dead Files

In 2015 Ruth Chase created sketches for No Vacancy”,  filmed at The Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, CA. for a TV reality program called The Dead Files on The Travel Channel.

Sketch Artist Ruth Chase on Dead Files

MEETING AMY ALLEN
Amy was freaking trip, in all the best ways. An incredibly interesting, strange, distant, focused person, the real deal. Sitting with her was like being with someone who was hallucinating, my guess is that she was reading spirits and energy the whole time. As we sat in a hotel room to film the scene, sitting across the table from each other, it felt like she was reading me, or the room around me, her eyes were darting back and forth, over and around me, but never looking at me, even when I spoke to her. I loved every minute of it. After our scene together, I then sat to draw what she described both on camera and off. Texting her photos of the progress to make sure the image was matching what she saw. The hardest thing about drawing a quality piece was all the distractions that took me away from being in my own place of channeling. Though I wouldn’t have wanted to mix in with the energy there, so I guess it worked out for the best.

NO VACANCY

Retired NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan investigate paranormal activity at a small-town hotel in Grass Valley, California. Their separate investigations take harrowing turns as Steve uncovers the hotel’s history of destructive fires and scandalous violence, while Amy comes face-to-face with the deranged dead during her overwhelming walk.

The Travel Channel

A brief clip from No Vacancy