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Pioneer Square artist charging $25 for portraits
August 30, 2013  |  Art, PI

After finding the article in the Stranger for my news roundup yesterday, I decided that I needed to go and check out Ruthie V and Shift Collaborative Studio.

It’s not every day that you can walk into a studio and get an impromptu painting for only $25. She used to be free, but the demand was so high, she started charging a nominal fee — and not nearly enough for how great her work is.

We walked into the light-filled studio and saw Ruthie at her desk, working feverishly to catch up with her stack of portraits.



Her artwork is as charming as her personality and it’s clear that she has a passion for what she does. Below are her paintings, in addition to some of her “fast” portraits:











Although her solo show at Shift Collaborative Studio ends tomorrow (august 31st), she says she is considering continuing the portraits for $25.

If you can’t make it during the 12 – 5pm hours today or tomorrow, you can contact her through her facebook page, her website, or by emailing her at


Shift Gallery Launch Party and Opening Reception
When: First Thursday, September 5th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Shift Gallery, 312 S. Washington St., in the Tashiro Kaplan Arts Complex

Shift Gallery officially opens its new space at 312 S. Washington with the “First Thursday” opening reception for its group show. Check out their website ( for more info!

1 Comment

  1. I had hoped to bring my granddaughter up for a portrait on Saturday but I don’t think those plans will work out. Hope to catch you sometime after your wedding.



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