oil on board
9 x 12 inches
Kansas native Ruby Newby, educator, painter and printmaker, has been dubbed one of the “Founding Mothers” of Florida art. She moved to Florida in the 1920s and, “having caught the Florida spirit,” as one newspaper put it, was active in art leagues in Kissimmee, Pensacola, St. Augustine and Orlando. She was instrumental in the founding of the Florida Federation of Art in 1927. She helped in the development of the art program at Rollins College in Winter Park and worked at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota in1933.
She studied art in Kansas City, in New York, in the Berkshires in Massachusetts and in Chicago, Illinois. Among her teachers were Everett Warner, Kathryn Cherry, Ernest Watson and Gustave Cimiotti.
In 1946 she moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she taught school. Two years later, she opened the 261 Gallery there, which featured local artists. She ran the gallery until her death.
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