Paintings by Anne Ennis and Ruth Ann Laster on display through October at Umass Medical School

September 14, 2000

WORCESTER, Mass. - Noted local artists Anne Ennis and Ruth Ann Laster will display their latest paintings in the Medical School lobby from Oct. 2 - Oct. 25.

An elementary school art instructor, as well as a painter, Ennis of Shrewsbury calls her experience teaching "impressionable and open minds the stimulus in my search to portray the beauty of simple and elegant designs in my paintings." She is a graduate of Emmanuel College, holds a master's degree from Boston University, and has studied at the Massachusetts College of Art, Pratt School of Art in Brooklyn, the John Cass School of Art in London and the Worcester Art Museum. She has shown her work in numerous venues - including Biotech II, a research building adjacent to the Medical School - and currently has paintings hung in private collections in Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and London.

A resident of Woods Hole, Laster is deeply interested in the clarity and beauty of "Cape Cod light" and this fascination is reflected in her latest works. "Cape light lends haunting mysterious qualities to the landscapes and its interplay with water creates symphonies of color. Each painting leads to a new problem to be solved and a new feeling to be explored. My hope is that the end result forges an esthetic bond with the viewer."

Laster received her bachelor's degree in fine arts from Goucher College and her master's in education from Harvard University. Her professional training includes the New Hope School of Art, Bucks County, Penn., Falmouth Artists' Guild and Worcester Art Museum School.

Laster is the former president of ARTSWorcester, and has participated in numerous group and private exhibitions, including past exhibits at the Medical School. Currently, she has paintings hung in private collections in Massachusetts, Oregon, New York and Florida.

Paintings will run through Oct. 25 in the Medical School lobby, and be open for viewing 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Three additional exhibits on display through Oct. 30 include: paintings by Mary S. Keefe in Clinic III, Level I of the University hospital; paintings by Benjamin Adewetewa-Badu Level I of the Benedict Building; and "Works on Paper" by Dana Kim Wolfson in Levels II and III of Two Biotech. These exhibits are open for viewing during regular business hours.

"What's on View at UMMS Galleries" is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Committee for Arts & Humanities. Exhibits featured in the Benedict Building, Clinic II and Biotech II are also made possible in collaboration with ARTSWorcester.