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Education

1998    BSFA in Painting, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio


Awards

2017    First Prize, Keeseville Plein Air Festival, Keeseville, New York

2017    Artists Choice, Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland, Maryland

2017    3rd Place Quick Draw, Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland, Maryland (Juror Barbara Jaenicke)

2017    Best Architectural Scene, Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland, Maryland (Juror Barbara Jaenicke)

2017    Best In Show, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Canandaigua, New York (Juror Sara Linda Polly)

2016    Emerging Artist Best In Show, Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, Montgomery, New York (Juror Bob Bahr)

2016    2nd Place, Seneca Lake Plein Air Festival, Geneva, New York (Juror Wendy Harris)

2016    Artist’s Choice, Seneca Lake Plein Air Festival, Geneva, New York

2016    Saranac Lake Trustee Award, Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake, New York (Juror John MacDonald)

2016    Artists’ Choice, Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake, New York

2016    Best Nocturne, Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake, New York

2016    2nd Place, Quick Draw, Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake, New York

2016    2nd Place, Quick Draw, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Canandaigua, New York

2015    Juror’s Choice, Small Works Exhibition, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, New York (Juror Rebecca Rafferty)

2015    Richeson/Judson’s Award of Excellence, Ohio Plein Air Society Annual Competition, Alexandria, Ohio (Juror Shelby Keefe)

2015    Artist’s Choice, Ohio Plein Air Society Annual Competition, Alexandria, Ohio

2015    Artist’s Choice, Seneca Lake Plein Air Festival, Geneva, New York

2015    Outstanding Oil/Acrylic, Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake, New York (Juror Kirk Larsen)


Solo Exhibitions

2016    This year In The Finger Lakes, The Jewelbox, Ithaca, New York

2016    Adventures, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Lodi, New York

2016    Plein Air Between The Lakes, Hector Wine Company, Hector, New York

2015    At The Edge, Gallery at FOUND, Ithaca, New York

2015    Finding Home, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Lodi, New York

2015    Down Shift, Heavily Brewing Company, Montour Falls, New York


Group / Museum Exhibits

2017    Where In The World Is Plein Air?https://whereintheworldispleinair.com/2017-artist/kari-ganoung-ruiz/

2016    Root To Bloom, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2016    Parks En Plein Air, Ohio Plein Air Society Member Exhibit, Springfield Museum Of Art, Springfield, Ohio

2016    50 Landscapes, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, New York

2016,17    Little Gems, West End Gallery, Corning, New York

2015,16    Small Works, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, New York

2015    Director’s Choice, West End Gallery, Corning, New York

2015    Select Paintings from Ohio Plein Air Society Competition, Sunbear Studio & Gallery, Alexandria, Ohio   

2015    Ashland University Art Department Alumni Exhibit, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

2015    Plein Air Fest Exhibit, Damiani Wine Cellars, Burdett, New York

2014    Select Paintings from Sagamore Hill Painting Competition, Oyster Bay Historical Society, Oyster Bay, New York

2014,16    New York State Juried Exhibit, Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, New York

2014    All Things Cazenovia, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, New York


Plein Air Painting Competitions

2017    Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival, Cumberland, Maryland

2016    Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, Montgomery, New York

2014,15,16,17    Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Canandaigua, New York

2014,15,16    Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake, New York

2014,15,16    Damiani Plein Air Festival, Burdett, New York

2014,15,16    Seneca Lake Plein Air Festival, Geneva, New York

2015,16    Ohio Plein Air Society Annual Painting Competition,  Ohio

2014    En Plein Air at Olana Historic Site, Hudson, New York

2014    Sagamore Hill Painting Competition, Oyster Bay, New York


Represented by West End Gallery, Corning New York

 PleinAir Today   October 7, 2015
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 PleinAir Today   June 22, 2016 
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Kari Ganoung Ruiz

Bio:


Kari was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Fine Art from Ashland University in Ohio, she worked as a decorative painter, faux finisher, and occasional muralist. Kari and her husband Diego Ruiz opened a picture framing studio featuring fine art and gifts in 2007, and she began making studio paintings soon after. An encouraging local response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a much larger location. Due to the increased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut into studio hours. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. Diego was honing his craft as a stereo photographer, also needing to be outside during gallery hours.  A decision had to be made: push the business to the next level, or make a change which allowed both of them to be able to travel and move forward with their artistic careers. The choice was made and the plan set in motion to move their gallery online only to Copperesque.com. Kari and Diego have since moved back out to the finger lakes countryside where open fields, forests, lakes, streams, and farms can continue to inspire their work.


Artist Statement:


“I have recently found myself intrigued by small bits of the greater scene; the corner of a building, an edge of marsh, a little glimpse down that narrow path. I prefer to capture these moments en plein air - to represent the essence of that something which made me stop and go back.

This current body of work was created during several years of transition; trading in the commotion and energy of a small village for the peace and scholarly solitude of the woods. During this time, I find myself Finding Home in each painting; a quiet corner, solitary shadow, or sympathetic quality of light. Home seems to find me - in the mountains or in a tidal marsh- each place reveals its own slice of the familiar.”


Kari is an associate member of the Oil Painters Of America, the New York Plein Air Painters, and the Ohio Plein Air Society. Her works are held in public and private collections throughout the US.

 PleinAir Today   October 19, 2016 
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 Ithaca Journal   December 27, 2016 
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 PleinAir Today   June 19, 2017 
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