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August 16, 2016


SANTA ANA, Calif. - From August 16 through October 13, "Wired," a series of industrial-themed paintings by Ruth Yuhas will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program (CFS). The paintings can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

"Ruth Yuhas’ talent for blending different styles of painting gives us an original perspective on how we should view art," said Board Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. "Her natural curiosity shines through in her work and it is very clear that her relationship with her craft is very honest and pure."

Ruth Yuhas explains her inspiration for her newest series of paintings, and how one of her most recognizable landscapes came to be: "With the sun quickly setting, I was driving around San Clemente, CA, looking for something to paint. As I drove up an alley and checked my rearview mirror, I saw an amazing painting behind me." With what little sunlight she had left, Ruth quickly parked her car and began painting what she saw: a soft orange sky, veiled in streaks of power lines. "The wires seemed to create a rhythm and the poles appeared to dance. Something mundane and industrial was suddenly drenched in beauty and intrigue."

"Pole Dance #2" by Ruth Yuhas

"Pole Dance #2" by Ruth Yuhas

More images can be seen here.

Ruth’s experimental work is always in a state of evolution. Her unique use of acrylic paints and a clear urethane finish have made her style of painting a trademark. In 2012, she created the Ruth Yuhas 5x5x5 Art Challenge, in which she painted 125 paintings in 25 days.

Yuhas, a San Clemente native, offers a dreamlike and fresh perspective to otherwise bland facets of landscapes, such as power lines and telephone poles. Yuhas’ background in architecture studies at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga allows her to combine a talented eye for detail and the abstract themes produced by one gifted with a vivid imagination.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Lawrence Armstrong (October 13 - November 14) and Jessica Cardelucci (November 14 - December 14).

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