Peter and Donna Thomas are a couple of wandering artists who chronicle their adventures in their handmade books. Donna and her friend, Katy McLaughlin, trekked the John Muir Trail in 2002, which spans approximately 210 miles through California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. Their 29-day trip inspired several artists' books in which they hike from Yosemite Valley, through the High Sierras, and summit Mt. Whitney. [slideshow_deploy id='3105'] Peter makes the paper by hand, while Donna hand paints and binds the books.
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Dance & Performance
In an earlier post, we introduced our efforts to provide researchers with access to unprocessed collections. We recently completed the project, which surfaced 219 previously hidden archival collections to the public, comprising over 1,250 linear feet of material. We will continue to share brief information about recently “exposed” collections here in the “New & Noteworthy Collections” blog. Below is information about a group of collections related to the Performing Arts and Art History.
Not too much is known about the life of Verena Ruegg. The things we know can be counted in one hand, perhaps two, but definitely no more than three: She was born in San Francisco, CA. She attended Chouinard Art institute, and then Otis Art Institute. She participated in the 1932 Summer Olympics, competing in the Art Competitions for the United States. Her house was destroyed in a fire in 1939, but her husband, Fred Robinson, made every effort to save her paintings. The next year, her husband was killed by a car while out walking the family dog, Rags. She died in 1973.