Friday, May 30, 2014
Ruth Schmieder (1922-2011) , started painting in the early 1960's after her first art class at the YWCA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She studied later with Master painter, Robert Bauer, who lived in Amana a short time, now of Rhode Island and with the Forum Gallery in NYC. The daughter of a skilled, ameteur photographer and Dr.with a fine sense of composition, Ruth was born into artistic expression. Her talents were many but painting in oils and acrylics was her favorite. She painted on canvas presenting scenes of the Amanas and rural landscapes. Later in life she painted miniature paintings, mostly flowers, which she also meticulously painted on wooden and glass eggs. Ruth was also an avid knitter, quilter, did sewing and became a master bridge player. Ruth was one of several local female artists to share their Amana experience on the canvas. She attended several local art shows and fairs, where I bought the painting below. It is a scene behind what was the Young house on main street Amana, now a bakery.