Public Unveiling of the Bust of Ellis Walter Ruley

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    Public Unveiling of the Bust of Ellis Walter Ruley

    November 12, 2015 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


    Please join us for the public unveiling of the Ellis Walter Ruley Bust created and presented by Glenn Palmedo-Smith. This event is free and open to the public.

    “Using common house paint, self-taught artist Ellis Ruley created colorful works that transcended his artistic inexperience. Art collector and author of Discovering Ellis Ruley Glenn Smith wrote, “[Ruley’s paintings] possess an undeniable power, a strange spell that lingers in the viewer’s mind as persistently as certain dreams.” In the latter decades of his life, Ruley worked furiously, creating hundreds of paintings. Sadly, though, following his mysterious death in 1959, Ruley and his art slunk into oblivion. His house burned to the ground soon after his death and with it went most of his work. Less than a month later, his only daughter was committed to an insane asylum.

    If Ruley’s life sounds like the plot for a movie, it is. In 2002, Smith was working on a documentary also entitled Discovering Ellis Ruley. Not only will the film show Ruley’s enigmatic life, but it will recount Smith’s investigation into that life after discovering one of Ruley’s paintings at a flea market. The result of Smith’s research was the aforementioned book and a traveling exhibition of the same name. More importantly, this exposure has brought Ruley and his art to the world’s attention. After decades of obscurity, Ruley has finally taken his rightful place among America’s most important folk artists.” –


    November 12, 2015
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


    Norwich City Hall
    100 Broadway
    Norwich , CT United States
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