Ruby's Amanze-ing Week of Work

Ruby Amanze was only at Better Farm for one week as a betterArts resident, but managed to produce as much art she said as might normally take her a month or more. On Saturday, her last night here, she put her work up on display for us to take a peek at.

Her process is layered, she explained. First she does a color wash on the paper, then works with any combination of inks and pencils for detail. Her geometric shapes and styles lend a continuity to her pieces that we all love.

It was a busy week for Ruby. In spite of the inclement weather, she managed to squeeze in daily jogs, asparagus-planting in Better Farm's raised beds, puttings seeds of peas, lima beans, and onion bulbs into the ground in the main garden area, catching a Dawg Brothers concert at the Dancing Dog last Friday night, sunset-watching on Butterfield Lake Saturday, helping to host a Supper Club dinner party last Tuesday, and oh yeah, completing four huge pieces of art. Best of luck to Ruby on all her endeavors. She will be missed!

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.