For your consideration, a figure study in pencil by the noted Bay Area artist Mary R. Rudge (1928-2014), the “Poet Laureate of Alameda” . The unframed graphite drawing, circa 1960-1970’s, measures 14” x 11” (matted 50cm x 39cm) and is in excellent vintage condition. Rudge was a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, and had one-woman shows of drawings and paintings in several states and Mexico, while attending Instituto Allende, San Miguel Allende, GTO, Mexico Mary Rudge was born in 1928 in Los Angeles and grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. Rudge taught art and history at schools in Oakland and Alameda, she studied in Mexico and attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Even as a child she loved art, and spent hours drawing, writing poetry, and dreaming of traveling throughout the world with her poetry. Friends described Rudge as a woman who gave tirelessly to her community of Alameda, California (Jim Morrison of the Doors lived on Alameda Avenue and went to Alameda High). Rudge raised a family and practiced her art in the face of incredible personal obstacles, traveling the world to spread her message of peace and working locally to boost literacy and access to her chosen form of expression. Throughout her life, she was an advocate for the homeless, artists, poets and social change. Through her poetry, she encouraged multicultural understanding and acceptance of diversity. "We Who Are Luminous" was her signature poem, presented at the World Congress of Poets in San Francisco in 1985. She was officially designated “The Poet Laureate of Alameda”.
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