Ruth DeWilde-Major Paintings

Ruth Major
P.O. Box 1011
Vineyard Haven, MA  02568-1011
Phone: (508) 693-1829
daybreak777@verizon.net
ruthmajor.com

Art Resume

 

Education and Licensure:
      Master of Science in Art Education, MA College of Art, Boston, MA

      Specializing in Painting and Native New England Functional Art Forms
      Certified Art Instructor, (K-12,) MA Department of Education 
      Post Graduate Studies  (at Several Colleges and Universities)


      Certified Vocational Child Development and Guidance Instructor,(Gr. 9-12)  
      MA Department of Education, 
      Group Child Care License, Director II Certification and Lead Teacher 

      (Infant/Toddler, and Preschool, Pre-K) MA Department of Early 
      Education and Care.
      Bachelor of Fine Arts, MA College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.
     

List of Exhibits and Awards:

(Contact for current Resume)

2015
       
       Portrait "William Waterway, Ode to the Water Spirits," exhibited at the Featherstone 
       Center for the Arts, Nov 8-18. 3rd Place, People's Choice Awards

       "Dreams and Nightmares," Mixed Media Drawing on Paper, Featherstone Center for the Arts,
        October 18- Nov.4.

       Portrait "William Waterway, Ode to the Water Spirits," exhibited at the Martha's 
       Vineyard Museum in Edgartown, MA, part of their "Island Faces" exhibit, Sep 4-Oct.30.
       
       Solo Exhibit at "Cottage Haven Interiors" in Vineyard Haven, MA of Vineyard Land, 	
       Sea and Farm-scapes.
         
       Collaboration with Master Carver, Gary Demers of Woodfish Designs, Painting imagery on 
       his signs and carvings.

       Participant on MVTV's "Tank Talk" with Dr. Robert Tankard and Paul Bracy, an hour-long 
       discussion entitled, "Reparation, How Can We Help?" 

       MVCVA Grant Award, June, 2015, "for frames and materials for Reparation Portraits."

       "Gay Head Lighthouse Exhibit," Featherstone Center for the Arts, JUNE 21 - JULY 8,
       with the Gay Head Light Poetry Reading. My poem was included in the book which benefits 
       the preservation of the Gay Head light House.
 
       Painting included in Featherstone for the Arts "The Art of Flowers" exhibit, 
       opening May 10- May 27th.

       April 15  Completed my 3rd Reparation Portrait of Dock C. Bracy. Presented April 23, 2015.

       FEB 15 - MAR 11 "I Love Ewe," Year of the Sheep exhibit at Featherstone Center for the
       Arts, Oak Bluffs, MA.

       2015 Traveling Exhibit of Vineyard paintings sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Museum.          
  
       2014-15 academic year, oil portraits of Frederick Douglass, General Lafayette 
       and James Lafayette will be on loan to Illinois College Library where the portraits 
       will be exhibited and integrated into their curriculum focus on Justice. 
2014
       The Howlands Heading Home, Fall 1627, Oil Painting featured in the Nov issue of the 
       €œHowland Quarterly, along with my article on our experiences at Plimouth Plantation.

       Solo Exhibit at "Cottage Haven Interiors" in Vineyard Haven, MA (June,2014-Present)
       of Vineyard Land, Sea and Farm-scapes, and nautical paintings on antique boxes.

       Nov-Dec 2014 "Nancy Luce" Exhibit, oil portraits and painting, Martha's Vineyard Museum.
      
       "Frederick Douglass" portrait, after a photo chosen by Douglass descendants     
       and with the assistance of Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.Founder and President of the 
       Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.(fdfi.org) The exhibit will be held at the 
       Edgartown Public Library, N. Water Street Edgartown. Exhibit dates: July 7-17.

       July 2, 2014. Exhibit of "Frederick Douglass" portrait and brief talk during 
       the Edgartown Library and Friends Readings from Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech, 
       "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?, presented at the Federated Church 
       on S. Summer St. in Edgartown where Douglass spoke in November of 1857. 

       "Marquis de Lafayette, 28, After Jean Antoine Houdon's 1785 Life-Mask Bust at the 
       Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. The May 20, 2014 Lafayette 
       Day Celebration was held at the Boston Atheneum and the Union Club where the Portrait 
       was exhibited and I gave a talk. 

      "The Art of Flowers," Featherstone Center for the Arts, May 11 - 28




      "Poetry in Art," Featherstone Center for the Arts, (Poetry and Painting combined) 
       April 6-23.
      "18 x 18" Show, Featherstone Center for the Arts," (Landscape and Animal       
       Paintings) March 2 -19.
      "For Pet's Sake: For the Love of Animals and Pets," Featherstone Center for the 
       Arts, (Portraits of Roosters) February 9-26.
    
      "William's Street, John's Towne, Winter, 1772/3" was unveiled at the 
       Johnstown Fulton County Courthouse, NY on New Year's Eve. The Historical 
       painting is on a year long tour of the Johnstown Library, a hotel, 5 
       Johnstown banks, Wells, Nursing Home, City Hall, Johnstown Court House 
       and the Johnstown Public Schools through December, 2014 when it will return 
       to the library and the old 1773 Johntown Court House depicted in the painting.   
2013 -
     "I Love Art," Group Mixed Media Exhibit, at Featherstone Center for 
      the Arts, Oak Bluffs, MA, February 10-27. Opening Reception, Sunday, 
      Feb. 10, 4-6:00. (Portraits of Frederick Douglass and Isaiah Bernstein.)
     "Lucy Vincent Beach," Group Mixed Media Exhibit, at Featherstone Center
      for the Arts, Opening April 21 - May 8th. (Two Seascape Oil Paintings)
     "Spring Flower Show," Holly Alaimo, Guest Curator, Featherstone center 
      for the arts, Opening May 12 - 29th.(Portrait of boy with tulips)
     "Friends of Family Planning Art Show," Oil Paintings, group mixed media 
       show, May 30 - June 3.
     Grant Award, for "Prominent Players" Historical painting Project, Martha's        
       Vineyard Center for the Visual Arts, MVCVA. 
     * "Awe and Wonder," Group Show at Featherstone Center for the Arts,
      Opening June 2 - 19. (Two Oil paintings of trees and sea ghosts)
     "Prominent Players, NY, 1750-80" One Woman Show of Historical Paintings 
      done in collaboration with historians and museum librarians and curators. 
      Mabee Farm Historic Site, Schenectady County Historical Society, Rotterdam 
      Junction, NY, July 13 - August 24,2013, Opening Reception, July 13th. 
     Power of Art, Featherston Center for the Arts, Oil Painting of Itzick Niznick
     Nov. 9 - 20.
     "MVCVA Grant Recipients' Show," Banana's in Vineyard Haven.MA

      December 8, 2013.
2012 - 
      "Fort Halifax, 1755," Historical Oil Painting, 24 x 30," to be included in 

       Presentations and Written Report by Archaeologist Leon Cranmer, Augusta, ME. 
      "Winter into Spring," Group Painting Exhibit, Featherstone Center for the Arts

       Oak Bluffs, MA. March 18-30.
      "Spring Flower Show," Group Painting Exhibit, Featherstone Center for the Arts

       May 13 - 25.
       Grant Award, for "Prominent Players" Historical painting Project, Martha's 

       Vineyard Center for the Visual Arts, MVCVA.
       Arts, Oak Bluffs, MA. 
      "Digital Photography Show," Featherstone Center for the Arts, June 10 - 27.  

       "Old Fort Johnson: Sir William Johnson's Northern Plantation," completed with

       the help of Jim Sparks and the staff of Fort Johnson Museum.
       "Vineyard Paintings," Solo Show, Oil Paintings by Ruth Major, Martha's Vineyard 

       National Bank, Chilmark, MA, July 27 - Aug 3.
       "Island Faces Portrait Show," Featherstone Center for the Arts, October 14-31.

       "4 Historical Paintings and Talk," Fort Johnson, Amsterdam, NY. October, 2012.

       "MVCVA Grant Recipients' Show," Featherstone Center for the Arts, Pebble Gallery

       December 15-16. 
2011 Exhibits (Spring-Fall)
       "Spring Flower Show," Curated by Holly Alaimo, Featherstone Center for the Arts

       Opening: May 8, 2011. 

       Commissioned painting "Harvest Time at the John Howland Homestead, 1650," 
       Kingston, MA. The image was created with archaeologists Derek Wheeler and 
       Craig Chartier. This painting was commissioned by the John Howland Society
       installation Spring, 2011 at the Jabez Howland House Museum, Plymouth MA.
       Mixed Media Show, Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library, June 6-18th.
 
       15 x15" Show, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Opening August 6th.

       Agricultural Fair and Show, Oil Painting and drawing, August 18-21. 

       Huckleberry Hill Studio by Appointment

2010 
      "The Art of Fall Colors," Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs, MA

      (October 17 - November 14)
      "Gifts of the Sea," Oil Paintings by Ruth Major with Sculptures by Janet Messineo

      Martha's Vineyard Bank, Chilmark, MA (October 1 - 15)
     "Art Invitational," Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs, MA
     (September 26 - October 6)
     "Martha's Mineyard Agricultural Show," Portrait of Polly Hill, West Tisbury, MA
      (August 18 - 22)
      Vineyardvoice.org (On-line magazine for the Arts and Ideas) Artists' Gallery Page," 

      with links to web site and facebook.
      "Martha's Vineyard On-line Journal for Arts and Ideas," vineyardvoice.org.
      "Gallery Group Exhibition," Carol Craven Gallery, West Tisbury, MA

      (June 9 - July 23) 
      "Group Show Mixed Media," Vineyard Haven Library, Tisbury, MA

      (June 7 - 19)
      "The Art of Flowers" at Featherstone Center for the Arts, with Guest Curator,

      Holly Alaimo. (May 9 - 19th) 
      "Oceans: Forms and Visions I and II, Conversations Across the Arts and Writings," 

      (April 11 - 21) Pathways Projects Institutes at the The Chilmark Tavern. 
      Detailed Pen and Ink Drawing of the 44' Trade House at Cushnoc published in 

      the 2009-2010 Winter issue of "Fort Western Dispatch," Old Fort Western Museum, 
      Augusta, ME.
 
2009
    "An Exhibition of Paintings" One Woman Show, Chilmark, MA
    "Art in the Gardens," Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity,
     Designer Show House and Gardens in Edgartown, MA 
     Paintings of Animals at Carol Craven Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA  

    "Putting the Art Before the Horse," Featherstone Center for the Arts
    "Vineyard Landscape Show", Featherstone Center for the Arts 
    "Faces and Figures," Featherstone Center for the Arts
    Installation of "Plymouth Trade House at Cushnoc, 1628" at the Jabez Howland House 
    in Plymouth, MA.