Ruth Gendler

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Ruth Gendler ArtistCalifornia artist J. Ruth Gendler has been involved with the intersection between writing and art and interdisciplinary collaboration for much of her life.

She is the author of three books: the bestselling The Book of Qualities, the award-winning, Notes on the Need for Beauty, and the anthology, Changing Light. Both Qualities and Notes on the Need for Beauty include her line drawings. Her art work has been featured on the covers of books in the US and Asia.

Gendler’s paintings and prints have been exhibited nationally. Recent shows include the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, the Normandy Park City Hall (near Seattle), the Dream Institute, Oakopolis Gallery, and the O’Hanlon Center for Art.

A long time poet-in-the school, Gendler has taught writing and art to adults and children for twenty-five years. Her current workshops include “Befriending the Imagination,” “The Wisdom of Beauty,” and “Writing for Artists.”

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