Mary Ruth Maggard
Hours by Appointment Only
Dislike of discarding leads artist to
by Scott Gowers
Local Danville artist Mary Ruth Maggard hasn't been an artist long --
since the middle of December, 2002 to be exact -- but her pieces are now
moving like hotcakes.
"Tutu" is Maggard's nickname and the name that close
friends and family use to refer to her. She considers her art to
be "outsider art," or folk art. She began as many folk
artists do, by using materials she found lying around her home.
The materials happened to be paint chips or paint samples.
Her distaste for discarding inspired her to create collages with
strips cut from the paint samples.
"Well, I had all these paint chips, so I started putting them
together in little pictures just to suit myself," says
In the process of creating pictures, Maggard then found herself
entered into the world of folk art, where she could bring childish,
fantastical places to life. Those imaginative places are where
pajamas grow from little stems in the pajama garden, where one can pick
whichever pair is wanted.
Arranging the collages for a show was an inspiration that came from a
friend. The friend saw one of her pieces and told her, "It's
good enough, people would pay money for that."
A week later, someone else inquired if her pieces were for
sale. At that time, the answer was "yes".
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UK Center for Rural Health opened a
Pediatric Section with a ribbon cutting on August 19, 2004.
In attendance was Kentucky Govenor Ernie Fletcher and University
of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. Featured in the
lobby of the Pediatric Section is "One Trick Pony with Barnyard
Friends", a work by artist Mary Ruth Maggard.
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