Etchings by Ruth Wilson Sutro '46

Friday, November 3, 2017 to Monday, January 29, 2018
Lyman Plant House

Intro | Exhibit Information Panels | Exhibit Etchings

In 1942-44, plants in the Lyman Conservatory were a frequent subject matter for watercolor painting studies in Priscilla Paine Van der Poel’s and George Cohen’s classes. Ruth B. Wilson ’46 majored in English literature with as much studio art as was then allowed, before there was a studio art major at Smith. Her time spent in the Botanic Garden ignited a love of plants and flowers that continues to this day. Some twenty years after her time at Smith, Ruth Wilson Sutro began studying etching. For her, the etchings presented in this display bring back the memory of those afternoons at Smith when the greenhouses were a welcome source of entertainment and wonder.