Olive Rush: Santa Fe's First Lady of the Arts

Bettina Raphael

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

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Olive Rush, a painter from Quaker roots in Indiana, arrived in Santa Fe in 1920. She played a significant role in the local community as an artist, teacher, activist, and neighbor. From the day Ms. Rush converted an adobe farmhouse on Canyon Road into her home/studio, she was a central player in Santa Fe life, among such notables as Gustav Baumann, Pablita Velarde, Mary Wheelwright, and John Gaw Meem.

Bettina Raphael moved to Santa Fe to work on preservation of the pottery collection at SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center. She has worked from Santa Fe for over thirty years, preserving and restoring objects for a wide range of museums, institutions, and collectors.

Sponsored by SAR President’s Council and The Historic Santa Fe Foundation

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