Ruth and Dolph moved to Ridgecrest in 1977 when Dolph was named head of the Chemistry Dept at the Naval Weapons Center. Living in the Indian Wells Valley gave both of them access to the wide desert vistas and the grandeur of the Sierras as well as the unique flora of the Southwest. Their appreciation for the many moods of the desert and surrounding area was the focus of their artwork.

Ruth was recognized as an artist at an early age and attended the High School for Music and Arts in New York City where she studied multiple mediums including sculpture. Ruth had been an art docent at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Within a year of coming to Ridgecrest she founded the docent program and the first Sylvia Winslow Gallery at the Maturango Museum. The Museum was located on the base at that time.

Dolph was an avid conservationist and served many years with the Sierra Club leading numerous trips throughout the Sierras and the Southwest as well as Nepal and Russia. Dolph’s passion for photography began at age 5 when he was given a Brownie camera for his birthday. He carried a camera with him through his school years and WWII. Later in life he studied under many renowned photographers including Ansel Adams. He had his own photo lab where he developed the large format photographs.

Video courtesy of Mark Pahuta

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