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Ruth Morgan Arietta

  • 1515 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA
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About The Artist

Artist Statement

I have always been interested in narrative paintings and  the whimsical sculptures of animals and machines that you would find in amusement parks. I am interested in the stories of human life that are reflected in these paintings and sculptures. I love the images that reveal themselves out of my  scrapings of acrylic off of  canvas.  I love the changes of color and pattern.  My work is influenced by the abundance of garden and animal life that surround our house


I grew up near Detroit, Michigan, and was the oldest of 5 children.  As a child I was fascinated by birds and was one of those odd little kids that kept a notebook about my sightings of them since I was 8.  I was always interested in drawing birds, other animals, and people.  I went to art school at Eastern Michigan University, studying painting and printmaking, and earned a BFA in 1972.  I became interested in printing books from etchings and fancied that it would help my career as an artist if I moved to the Bay Area, which I did in 1976.  I continued painting and selling my work and also went to trade school to learn drafting, which I did along with painting when I wasn’t drafting.  I got married in 1988 and my husband (a tile contractor) and I had 2 children. We lived in rural Middletown, CA.   I  stayed home with the children  in a house he helped build  (a mile down a rough dirt road in the middle of nowhere) .  I painted in my spare time.  We had an abundant garden and an abundance of wild birds. Sadly, my husband died in 2014.  My children were grown.  Three years later I met my current husband (who is  also an artist) and we live in San Anselmo, CA where  I continue to paint because I cannot “not” paint.

Art Medium(s)

Acrylic Paint, Drawing, Mixed Media, Sculpture

Studio Information

Building Name

Marin Society of Artists, 1515 3rd Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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Special Location Or Visiting Instructions

Marin Society of Artiists, 1515 3rd Street, San Rafael, Space 1, both weekends (main floor, far SE corner near the stairs)

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Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions


1989:      Sonoma’s Own Quicksilver Mine Company, Guerneville, CA –  “Narrative Paintings”

2012, 2015, 2018 :  Lake County Wine Studio, Upper Lake, CA – “Narrative Paintings and Sculptures”

August, September 2023: Morris Graves Museum of Art, Knight Gallery “Narrative Paintings, Sculptures”


4/20/19    “Expressions”, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA.   Selected: “Mickey in La La Land”

4/20/20  “Expressions 2020”, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA. Selected: “Julupa Hills”

7/28/20  “Celebration of Art”, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA.  Selected: “Still, We Have          Everything We Need’

6/21/21  “Expressions 2021”, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA.  Selected: “Down Time”


6/22       “Summertime 2022”, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA.-“When the Muse Speaks”- Second place

2/10/23     “2 x 2”, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA- “Arranging Flowers”, “Still, We Have Everything We Need”- Second Place

3/23       “Art + Words”, Marin Society of Artists. San Rafael. CA-  “Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal” – Second Place


5/98  “Spring Show,”  Jessel Gallery, Napa, CA


1989-2020  Jessel Gallery, Napa, CA



1978  “Ester, The Story of a Small Ghost”  Woodcock Press, Oakland, CA.  Printed by Platypus Press


5/24/19  Show: “ARTISTS VIEW”,    Marin Society of Artists,  Third Place – “Home Sweet Home”

5/24/19  Show: “ARTISTS VIEW”,   Marin Society of Artists,  Honorable Mention- “Lime Green Car”

1/9/20  Show:  “A MOMENT IN TIME”,   Marine Society of Artists,  Honorable Mention- “Abbodanza”

10/16/21  Show:                                          , Marin Society of Artists,  Third Place-  “Simple Gifts”




North Coast Journal, Eureka, CA  Archives, August 2023,  review: “Ruth Arietta’s Illusory Interiors at    Morris Graves Museum of Art” p. 14



1972 BFA   Eastern Michigan University,  Painting and Printmaking

1974  Post Graduate work,  Kent State University, Painting and Printmaking


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