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Ruth H Nomura

April 9, 1932 - April 15, 2020

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Posted by:
Michelle

Posted on:
April 28, 2020

My sincere condolences to Ruth's loved ones. She will be remembered, many happy memories be with you all. Losing a family member to death is so hard, may the God of all comfort help you endure the tears. (23rd Psalms) Sincerely, Michelle

Posted by:
Matthew Kangas

Posted on:
April 28, 2020

Ruth is probably responsible for me not only becoming an art collector, but also an art critic. as a jejune 16-year-old she let me buy ceramics on time, paying as little as $10 per month! she would listen to everyone she liked; that was one of her many great qualities: a listener! gradually, she encouraged my interest in writing about ceramics. as a teenager, I was able to see many of the big shows she curated of the UW ceramics mafia including howard kottler, Robert sperry and patti warashina, the latter two are blamed for me being the first artists who invited me to visit their studios, thereby encouraging me to become an art critic! ruth was cultivated and all the rage when she returned to NYC to visit, among others, the legendary LEE NORDNESS who was living in George gershwn's penthouse apt., where she stayed with lee. these trips also gave her a chance to wear her mink coat--unthinkable in seattle. she may have had a bigger following in NYC than in seattle. her early collaborations with SCOTT HATORI were more than an import shop. scott would design tight-fitting clothing ruth wore to the Orpheum theatre when the symphony performed. they stopped traffic! because she re-created a memory of youth for herself after WWII, young people loved her and considered her one of their clique. I shall never forget ruth and will forever be grateful to her for her encouragement. matthew kangas