NOVEMBER 6-7, 2015


Featured artists: Ruth McCarty, Suzanne Rogers, Roger Pease, Kathleen Bleecker Hamlin, and Boris Ilyin.

Kathleen Bleeker Hamlin 1919 - 2013

Kathleen Hamlin is a native of Long Island, New York, where she began painting at a young age.  She was trained by Jay Connelly of Vermont and George Gach of New York and focused her passion for painting on landscapes throughout the Northeast US as well as with travels through Europe.  She taught numerous painting workshops in New York, Vermont,

Italy and France and held one woman shows in the Northeast as well as in galleries in Florida.  Her greatest final show was with her grandchildren as each chose their favorites paintings to inherit.  

Boris Ilyin 1918 – 2014

Oils, Acrylics and Watercolors

Boris Ilyin’s paintings of landscapes, figures and still life capture more that the subject itself – a mood, a point of view, a compositional statement – that will lead the mind’s eye inward and reflect the need for introspection and contemplative moments in one’s life.

Ruth B. Taylor McCarty 1919 - 2013

A resident of Mill Valley since 1943, Ruth was born in 1918 in Nome, Alaska, and raised in Southern California. Orphaned at age 15, Ruth attended Manual Arts High School, and graduated from Los Angeles City College and Berkeley University. She worked as a Dental Assistant for private practices for 20 years and taught dental assistance at College of Marin for 16 years. She served as both Chairman of Education and President of the Northern California Dental Assistants Association, and as President of the Marin County Dental Assistants Society.

Ruth began painting at the age of 60, working both in oil and watercolor. After retiring, she continued painting, hiking, gardening. She became an accomplished landscape and floral artist and was very involved with the local artist community. She was president of Terra Linda Art Association and the Marin Arts Guild. She eventually branched out, creating collages, hand-made books, and custom paper boxes. She learned film and digital photography to capture landscape and garden scenes for her paintings.

In 2002, Ruth moved to the Redwoods Retirement Home, where she continued her creative endeavors. She was actively involved in the community, volunteering at the thrift shops, teaching the residents to make paper beads, hosting ice cream socials and creating beautiful jewelry for fund raising events.

Suzanne Rogers

Suzanne Rogers was born in Northern California and was always drawn to art. She drew artistic inspiration largely from daily life, constructing intricate and fantastical representations of alternative realities, strangely running parallel to our own.

Her work has been exhibited in local settings throughout the Bay Area.