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Often I feel like language brings me closer to thought and art brings me into a vast and intimate land of rhythm and feeling, color, texture, and music.

Listening for the New Music

monoprint, 26 x 19


acrylic on canvas, 36 x 12

J. Ruth Gendler is an artist, educator, and the author of the best-selling The Book of Qualities, the award-winning Notes on the Need for Beauty and the anthology Changing Light: The Eternal Cycle of Night and Day. ​Gendler’s art work, including paintings, drawings, and monotypes, have been exhibited nationally and featured in her books as well as on the covers of several books in the United States and Asia.


A long time poet-in-the school, Gendler has taught writing and art to adults and children for thirty-five years.  The City of Berkeley recognized Gendler’s contributions to the arts by declaring January 30, 2018, J. Ruth Gendler Day.

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