Join artist and social activist Ruth Chase for an intimate workshop designed for community-minded artists of all mediums wanting to expand their use of narrative and enhance storytelling in their artistic practice. Ruth will provide useful tools in this part lecture and part informal group interaction that will be engaging and honest.

I was following my souls calling and passion for community. In the end my wallet was empty and my heart was full. I learned a lot and now I am teaching a class on the process that changed my life. – Chase

Ruth Chase

Blue Line Arts – $25/$30
405 Vernon Street #100, Roseville
Thu, January 9, 2020 / 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
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This two hour workshop will benefit you in many ways! It will include the following:IMG_3317

  • Using art in service to others
  • Integrating symbology and storytelling
  • Responsibilities of sensitive subject matter
  • How to interview people for the purpose of creating art
  • Taking your social passion to your art practice
  • Why this isn’t a commissions
  • Using narrative
  • Gain an understanding of symbolism for storytelling
  • Develop fresh ideas for expanding your medium
  • Developing a connection with your subject
  • Make connections with like-minded artists
  • Receive a list of interview tips and questions


Biographical Portraiture: A title coined for the West of Lincoln Project to describe a process used to create work based on an individual’s life story.  An interview process where collaborating with the subject of the work and being in service to another is part of the creation of a biographical portrait.

Attendees will learn how to engage with individuals to provide content for their work based on an interview process. Topics covered are the interview process, the concept of using art to be in service to others, integrating symbology in storytelling, and working with sensitive subject matter and the responsibility that goes with it.

My focus is on positive social change, working with concepts that reflect identity and the value of people to their community. I have been fortunate to use my work to be in service to the Nisenan people of Nevada City and in my home town of Venice. I use biographical portraiture to raise the visibility of people who are valuable and vulnerable members in their communities. Ruth has taught art since 1995 and most recently at the Crocker Art Museum. The West of Lincoln Project received a Certificate of Appreciation from the city of Los Angeles in 2017.

I was privileged to be a part of several of these projects with Ruth, our community is enriched by this amazing woman!  -Dee Anne Dinelli | Grass Valley

Real deal Venice artist with great heart, skill, and representation in her artwork. Definitely a dope and genuine artist. – Mike Bravo | Venice

I feel so honored to have been apart of the West of Lincoln Project.Thank you for always growing and sharing and inspiring.  -Rhonda Lynn Wise | Los Angeles 

Ruth teaches with passion, expertise, inquiry, and honesty, all these traits combine for a compelling and invigorating experience any artist wanting to expand their work will appreciate – Mira Clark | North San Juan

It was an honor and privilege to be part of the West of Lincoln Project.-Monica Leyva | Venice 

Ruth is such a gifted and inspirational true artist and teacher!. I am so blessed by her influence. – Sherri Dauphinais |  Auburn

Contact Ruth about WORKSHOP – Life Story as Content

Ruth’s Work

BELONGING 48 x 48 by Ruth Chase
“Where Do We Go From Here” 48 x 48″

This painting was created by Ruth Chase and donated to CHIRP. “Where Do We Go From Here” expresses the significance of the Nisenan to their community. How the American dream has played a roll in their development as a tribe externally an internally. ‘nisei humwa’a’ is Nisenan for > My family is from my heart or, my heart is drawn to my family (exact translation is difficult).

Venice Arts Gallery Left Wall West of Lincoln Project by Ruth Chase copy
West of Lincoln Project at Venice Arts

Painter Ruth Chase traces the history of Venice through the life stories of people who grew up in Venice, California, as told through paintings and audio interviews by Chase and accompanying biographical texts written by Gena Lasko. There are 12 featured portraits and one painting with audio in the “West of Lincoln Project” installation.