Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Memorial Award Established at the Salmagundi Club's Annual Thumbox show!

At this years Salmagundi Club Annual Thumbox Show, usually held at the club the beginning first weekend of December, there will be an additional award! A $500.00 prize (Rusthy Stecher Memorial) will go to an oil or pastel work as chosen by the judges. Many thanks to all who made a contribution to this years award possible. This will be a perpetual award, so anyone who wished to make a tax- deductible contribution may send it to the Club directly with a memo referencing the Rusty Stecher Memorial.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

September 2008 PSA Exhibit

We would like to inform you that we will be exhibiting Rusty's work entitled "Still Life" at our annual exhibition in September. This is a work which your grandmother generously donated to the Pastel Society of America several years ago.

Should you have any questions, kindly let us know.

best regards,
Cindy Harisch
Office Manager
Pastel Society of America

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pastel Society of Tampa Bay - Merit Award

Ruth "Rusty" Stecher currently has 2 pastels in a local show: the 2nd Annual Possibilities in Pastel, A juried Pastel Exhibition, on Nov 30th, 2007 Through January 9th, 2008 at The Octagon Art Center Unitarian Universalist, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, Florida 33764.
Hours are weekdays 9:30am -1:pm and Sundays 10-11 am or noon -1pm.


Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Kiley Court Gallery

Ruth Stecher

Three Pears with Grapes$1,350
8" x 10"oil on canvas
Melon with Grapes$1,350
8" x 10"oil on canvas
8" x 10"oil on board
Oriental Pitcher with Fruit$2,200
11" x 14"oil on linen
Peaches and Cream #2$2,200
11" x 14"oil on board
Peaches and Cream #3$2,200
11" x 14"oil on board
Noritake with Fruit$2,200
11" x 14"oil on linen
Teapot with Fruit$2,200
11" x 14"oil on linen
Peaches in Chinese Bowl$1,350
8" x 10"oil on board
Pear with Turkish Shawl$1,450
9" x 12"oil on board
8" x 10"oil on board


Ruth Stecher (pronounced STEK-er), known as “Rusty” to her friends, was born in the State of Washington and currently resides in Palm Harbor, Florida. She attended schools in Oregon, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, California and New York, and has traveled to Mexico, England and throughout the United States extensively.

Her art education began with Harold Landaker in California in the 1950’s, and continued in New York in 1979 at The Art Students League where she studied with one of America’s foremost pastellists, Daniel Green, and also studied with David Leffel, serving as his class monitor for three years (1981-1983), going on to teach some classes herself. She then opened her studio on Union Square West in New York where she worked and taught privately for 15 years. She moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1994 and stayed for a dozen years before moving closer to family. She has conducted numerous workshops in New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania & Oregon.

In 1981 she became a member of the Pastel Society of America (P.S.A.), where she was a director for eight years and served as a co-chairperson for the annual juried shows. When she began entering national & international competitions she won numerous awards and gained status of “Master Pastellist” within the P.S.A., an honor bestowed on artists who have won three or more awards in the society’s Annual International Open Show.

Her other professional memberships include the American Artists Professional League, the National Association of Women Artists and the Hudson Valley Art Association She is also a life member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York, where she served as the first Vice President (a position she held until moving to Santa Fe) and on the Art Committee.

Ms. Stecher creates her pastels and oil paintings in the manner of the old masters, by north light and never from slides or photographs. She has been represented in galleries in New Mexico, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Arizona, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, and has shown her work in the Bergen Museum (1987-1989), the Monmouth Museum, the Queens Museum (1985), the Hermitage Museum (1984-1986), in the National Arts Club and Lincoln Center in New York, at an invitational show in France, in one man shows in N.Y., Connecticut & Long Island and in many group shows and exhibitions. Her work is in many private collections as far as France, Mexico & Saudi Arabia.

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