Marilyn Ruseckas' Blog

August is art

The Vermont Festival of the Arts is taking place now in the Mad River Valley. It has been a great time to get excited about working with my pastels in the landscape. The mountains have that summer haze that gives them the blue and purple colors that are so much fun to incorporate into the artwork. I have had a lot of visitors to my Studio Gallery located on Route 100 in Warren this month. (Call for an appointment, 802-496-9975, unless there's an Open Studio sign at the end of the driveway.) Adam and I had our house on the garden tour this year. It was fun to have a big group of people milling about checking out the gardens, my studio, and the home of Whitney Tree Service. Before everyone got back on the bus, it was requested that Timber perform her driveway sliding talents! What a ham.

Champlain's Lake Rediscovered- Warm Waters

 Warm Waters, 2009, a pastel on paper (22"x30") has been selected to travel in the exhibit called Champlain's Lake Rediscovered.

pastel on paper


Champlain's Lake Rediscovered-Opens in Boston

The exhibit travels to Boston. I have one pastel landscape in the show included with the work of 40+ other Vermont artists.

Learn more at

JUNE 29 - AUGUST 3 ~ THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Boylston St. , Boston , MA 02116 contact phone number: (617) 859-2212


Martha's Vineyard visit

I had the privilege to have my show open in the same week that Mike and Mary came home for a break from their racing schedule. As well as being great cycling friends, Mike Broderick and Mary McConneloug race mountain bikes at World Cup level all over the globe. Mary is also a 2-time Olympian, having raced in Athens and Beijing. They graciously came to the opening on Friday night and we loaded my bike in their van afterwards. Being somewhat early in the season, we got to stay in Mike's father's rental that was vacant for the weekend. It sits on the Moshup Trail in Aquinnah, right across the road from a very exclusive beach, a beautiful place.

The next day, Mike, Mary, and I went for a mountain bike ride. I was pleasantly surprised at the myriad of single track on the island. We rode for hours at a fast pace and still didn't see all of it. 

Susi and Matt from Seven Cycles joined us the following day. They came over on their Seven tandem. We had dinner and they stayed one night in Aquinnah as well. We all had a nice visit.

In the morning I went for a walk along the beach. I was alone and had no camera. I came across a basking shark on shore. Sadly it was dead, but it was a good 20' long and fascinating to observe. They are the 2nd largest fish in the ocean; it was enormous!

Later, Mary and I rode back to Vineyard Haven so I could catch a ferry home. By the time I got back to my car, I had ridden nearly 30 miles. Between that and mountain biking, I got in a lot of riding that weekend.


Dragonfly Gallery

This summer I will be showing artwork on Martha's Vineyard. The Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs is under new ownership and the new owners, Don and Susan, are very enthusiastic about a busy summer season.  Adam and I brought a car load of pastels to the island in May and I had work in a 3-person show called "Interpretations" in June. The gallery will continue to show a few pieces there throughout the summer. Going to the island for the opening was a lot of fun. I left my car in Falmouth and took my bike over on the ferry. It is unusual for me to only have a bike for transportation and a backpack of belongings. I met many nice clients from the gallery and also saw some old friends from my hometown whom I hadn't seen in decades! 


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