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About ruthoffen

Created by, Ruth Offen the founder/director of WaterWorks Gallery, a gallery opened in 1985 to showcase contemporary artists and jewellers that live and work in the Pacific Northwest. The gallery is on an San Juan Island in the Salish Sea.[ North Puget Sound] Pretty amazing place. While continuing to curate the gallery after 33 years, I'm decided to spend more time enjoying life by traveling, creating art with photography and dancing tango. Over many decades of amassing a personal art collection, now the process of downsizing is becoming a reality. How do we have more with less? Staying true to the motto, unencumbered by our possessions and not burdening our children with our stuff. This next process will take patience and courage.

After the show

Whew, yesterday’s opening was an amazing and wonderful experience. Thank you to everyone who traveled from near and far in the success of the day for Melinda and the gallery. Xoxox Advertisements

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OntheWalls: Melinda Hannigan – Boxing the Compass- Recent Paintings

The  invitations are out, the listing are done and now the paintings are hung. The work is amazing and the gallery looks great. These photos were shot on Friday, for those of you unable to make the opening,  more show … Continue reading

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A New Place for Sculpture

Last night, I went to Bellingham,  to attend the preview party at the newest  gallery space dedicated to showing regional sculpture. Located a few doors down, from the red brick building housing the Whatcom Museum, this simple, clean and airy … Continue reading

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30th Anniversary in Photos

Here’s the invitation wall, showing some of the invitations from the past 30 years. My Fabulous, Shop Girl #2, Carla, but unfortunately Shop Girl #1, Julie was unable to attend. She was missed. Wonderful to see both new friends and … Continue reading

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Inspiration

Anelecia Hannah Brooks & Ruth Offen Keeping Time opened on Saturday with lots of excitement. Family, friends, and fellow artists showed up to see Anelecia ‘ s long awaited show in the Pacific Northwest. People came from far away places … Continue reading

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AND Here we go…

Ahhh. Recently a friend of mine asked,  “Why do I like Opera?”  I was in Seattle to see Seattle Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss.  And the answer came to me. The idea of listening to something a hundred … Continue reading

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# Social Media at the Frye Museum

One of my favorite museums in Seattle is the Frye Museum, located up on Terry Ave near Cherry Ave. This museum has free parking, a fabulous little restaurant and free admission. A bit of history to share to appreciate the … Continue reading

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Installation: Tom Small

Walking by the gallery these past months, perhaps you noticed a steel plate pinned to the concrete. Yesterday, before the rains showed up,  Tom Small crained onto this spot, Mystery 800 pounds of carved basalt sculpture. Here’s a few images. … Continue reading

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Think RED…Holiday Show

Wow, the weather is so bloody cold out, and the sun shines with a high of 32…Do not feel any warmth from the sun. With power outages and the whipping wind, the best attended show of the gallery was a … Continue reading

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Studio

Stopped in at NK Build to pick up some  new work for the Holiday Show, and wow. The work of these men are awesome in design and construction. Pictured on the photo, left is Noah and right is Conan. We … Continue reading

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