09 Jun Art Gallery
JOIE DE VIVRE
Fine Art by Ruth Levy-Franks
December 17-February 5
Vibrant and often abstract, Ruth draws on her South African Heritage and influences from First Nations art styles where the natural world is ever present, to produce bold, interpretative imagery alive with color and movement.
She earned her Fine Arts degree at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, where her senses were overwhelmed by the African landscape with its bright light and blazing color. She moved to Tokyo in the 60’s where she studied pottery and clay glazing in the workshops of local Japanese potters. Leaving Japan for the North of England and some years later, Montreal, Canada, Ruth was further influenced by local conditions and the many artists’ workshops in which she participated. After 12 years she left Canada, moving to Israel for a year and then to London where she lived for 25 years. Ruth retired to Florida some years ago and was immediately transported back to her South African childhood of intense light and color which she tries to infuse into her watercolor paintings.
“I like to think that my experience of living in so many countries and my passion for form and color is reflected in my art,” she said.
Ruth Levy-Franks is a resident of Deerfield Beech and a member of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been displayed in juried exhibitions at the Coral Springs Art Center, in the Gold Coast Watercolor Society and ArtServe. She has regularly exhibited and won prizes at the annual CVE art Show. Her paintings have also been exhibited in South Africa, London, and most recently in Parma, Italy.
ARTISTIC JOURNEYS Art Lecture with Ruth Levy-Franks
Wednesday, January 11 @ 5 pm – 7 pm