Have you visited the first floor studio of Ruth Ann Stephens? The space is a treasure trove of mixed media creations by an artist who loves the process of discovery. No material is too unusual or impractical for Ruth Ann. Her richly colored encaustic wax is just as likely to be found on a bundle of rusty fencing as it is a canvas. Her beautiful and inventive dresses are made not from designer fabrics, but packing paper, found objects, and various oddball bric-a-brac. Even Ruth Ann’s more traditional canvas paintings are true to her spirit of fun exploration, merging abstract design, and representational imagery into thickly-layered jumbles of earthy colors and still earthier textures.

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