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Work of Newtown Artist Ruth Newquist to be Featured at The Art of Caring

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Ridgefield, CT

Newtown artist Ruth Newquist will be in the spotlight as the featured artist at The Art of Caring, on Friday, June 11, 2010. The event, which is hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation at company headquarters in Ridgefield, is a gala event featuring art, entertainment and exceptional cuisine, to benefit the patients and families served by Regional Hospice. Newquist is well-known for her New York SoHo cityscapes, New England architectural paintings and rural landscapes all of which will be available for sale at The Art of Caring.

Newquist became interested in capturing SoHo on canvas after her daughter took wonderful photos of street scenes. “There is so much material there. I just had to paint them,” she explains. Newquist loves the geometry of New York and visits the city to take her own reference photos. “I am drawn to structures and the people around the buildings,” she says.

“Ruth has been a part of The Art of Caring for many years and we are glad to showcase her exceptional paintings,” says Laura McCormick, chair of the art selection sub-committee. “We are fortunate to be able to feature such a talented artist who gives back so much to the art community,” explains McCormick.

Newquist knows the importance of Regional Hospice all too well. Her husband, Larry, died in 1997 and benefitted from hospice care. “I was glad that he could be at home,” she says. “The nurses were wonderful. Regional Hospice makes a difficult experience better.”

Newquist’s husband founded SCAN (Society of Creative Arts of Newtown) shortly after they moved to the area in 1967. Today the organization, in which Newquist is still very involved, offers 20 art demonstrations a year, with three annual exhibits, and has more than 300 members.

Ruth Newquist has received more than 30 awards including the 2008 Muriel Alvord Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the 2007 Kent Art Association President’s Show Medal of Merit & Solo Show Award for Best in Show. Her watercolors have been featured in American Artist Magazine, “The Best of Watercolor II,” and “Splash 9 Secrets of Watercolor.”

You can view and purchase Ms. Newquist’s artwork at The Art of Caring on June 11, 2010, hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim at 900 Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield. Admission is $150 per person, which includes a $25 credit towards art purchase. For reservations or more information, contact Regional Hospice at (203) 739-8312 or visit