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Local Calligrapher and Eckerd Alumna Ruth Pettis '78 Premieres Shakespeare's 154 Sonnets

posted on 01/24/2013

Local calligrapher and Eckerd alumna Ruth Pettis '78 presents the complete writings of all of William Shakespeare's sonnets in an art exhibition at Eckerd College. "Full Many a Glorious Morning Have I Seen... 154 Sonnets of Shakespeare, 10 Years of Calligraphy by Ruth Pettis '78" will be on display in Eckerd's Cobb Gallery from January 27 to March 15. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 27, from 3-5 p.m.; a gallery talk is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 at 3:15 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ruth Pettis Shakespeare Sonnet 24

Ruth has spent the last ten years completing all of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. While some of the sonnets have been displayed in previous shows, this exhibit is the world premiere of the full project.

Ruth Pettis Sonnets Sample
She attributes her experiences provided by Eckerd for her interest in her art form. "I was first introduced to Western calligraphy by Professor Margaret "Peg" Rigg as a freshman student at Eckerd College. Influences encountered during the fall semester of my junior year in London were pivotal in my calligraphic development."

Tampa Bay Times art critic Lennie Bennett spoke with Ruth about the sonnets project when she had completed more than three-fourths of the sonnets. Click here to read the September 10, 2009 interview, "The art form of calligraphy on display in the bay area."

Ruth Pettis Sonnets Sample 2

Ruth's fellow alumni will have the opportunity to enjoy her work during Eckerd's Alumni Reunion Weekend. A special Alumni Weekend reception and talk will be scheduled for Friday, March 8, from 6-7 p.m. (please note the updated time change).

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