Ruth Stimson Art On Display

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By Catherine Redden, Lane Library Director

Atlantic News, Thursday, November 25, 2004

Special to the Atlantic News

[The following article is courtesy of the Atlantic News]
MEMORABLE ART — North Hampton resident Carolyn Brooks, her daughter Susan Brooks and Betty and Wayne Elliot (all pictured) attended a reception at the Lane Memorial Library, which is currently hosting an exhibit featuring artwork by the late Ruth Stimson. [Atlantic News Courtesy Photo by Catherine Redden]
View a web gallery of Ruth's art works

HAMPTON -- It’s not too late to be able to see the current exhibit of the late Ruth Stimson’s paintings in the Wheaton Lane Room of the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton.

The opening reception on Wednesday, November 17 — what would have been Ruth’s 85th birthday — saw the illuminated paintings on display using the Stillman Hobbs Gallery track lighting. With soft classical music playing in the background, friends of Ruth gathered over cider and doughnuts to admire and exclaim over the body of her work, which ranged in dates from the late 1940s, to the 1960s and 70s, to more recent paintings.

Most of the works were landscapes, representing Amherst, the White Mountains, the fishing villages of Newfoundland, and Canada’s Lake Louise. There was speculation that Ruth visited these spots, took her detailed photographs, then painted her subjects from the photographs and her steel trap memory, at her leisure.

“Leisure” is not a word usually associated with Ruth. She is remembered by those who knew her as someone who utilized her time to the greatest advantage, with ongoing projects all the time. Most of those attending the exhibit were in awe of Ruth’s hidden talent. Few knew she painted at all, and even those people did not know the extent of her work.

The public is invited to come in over Thanksgiving weekend and be astonished — and don’t forget to sign the guest book.

The Lane Memorial Library is located on Academy Avenue in Hampton. For more information about the art exhibit, call (603) 926-3368.