Artist: Mary Ruedig
Ruedig, a teacher at Dewey and Kimball for 30 years before retiring, has created something of a second career as a watercolor artist, joining forces with Merrimack River Painters, a group of about a dozen artists from New England who show in Concord and beyond. She has also been a regular contributor to the Friends Charity Auction.
“I love being able to be part of the auction,” Ruedig said. “I think the Friend’s Program is a really fantastic program. It’s great for Concord, and being able to help is great for me.”
Inspiration can come from anywhere, which is why she usually travels with sketchbook and camera in hand. "I saw a beautiful rose at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Ore. and this is my attempt to make it permanent." She has created hundreds of works over the years, painting several days a week.
“It’s all-encompassing,” Ruedig said of painting. “It’s not so much relaxing as it is like puzzle-solving for me. I put something down and then try to fix it. I think, what can I do to make this better?”
“For me, when people I respect say that they appreciate what I’m doing, that’s big,” Ruedig said. “It’s always nice when people want to buy or bid on something at auction. It makes you feel good.”