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Deborah Frankel Reese
This past summer in Reno, NV, Ruth Adler Ruder won $1,000 from a local nursery in an annual drought-tolerant gardening competition sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. She and husband Phillip celebrated their 40th anniversary in August. Phillip has retired from teaching at the University of Nevada-Reno and two concertmaster positions for Reno orchestras. He has been playing violin for 62 years. In September the couple hiked in Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. They are looking forward to a happy new phase of life.
Lucretia Robbins (aka Chrissie Fueller) paints, gardens, and teaches art in Wyndmoor, PA, and visits her three grandchildren in California and Connecticut. Her abstract paintings are represented by Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, where they were part of a “Small Works” exhibit in December. She is about to celebrate her tenth year teaching “Art in the Garden” to young girls in her own garden. She still substitutes at Springside School in Chestnut Hill and teaches seniors at a retirement community. Husband Bill Siemering has slowed down his travel schedule for his job with National Public Radio.
Laura Young and husband Tom won dual residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in January. The center is an artists’ colony started by Bill Smart, who taught English at Skidmore and is still in touch with Arthur Anderson, who taught art. Laura remembers taking his excellent color-theory class and says, “It has had a tremendous influence on my own painting and teaching.”
Jane Finneman Hochman, along with a nice representation of classmates and Skidmore staff, participated in the first planning step for our 45th reunion at Skidmore in August. An additional meeting was held in NYC in November. Jane says she is “so impressed with Skidmore of today and grateful to Skidmore of yesteryear.” She is working with the committee to plan a wonderful, memorable reunion in May and encourages everyone to attend.
In October renovations on my house were completed, and life returned to normal after a very vagabond summer when we had to move out. I split my time between kids, grandkids, friends, and my studio. I had a December show at the Chaffee Art Gallery in Rutland, VT. For the third time in about seven years, John and I joined some very dear old high-school friends for New Year’s week 2007 in Paris, where one of our group has lived since 1964. I am very worried about our country, and our world, and urge everyone to work toward the betterment of something.