Bill Ritchie's art in California
Kenneth and Mary Auvil Collection
Provenance: 1966. Intaglio, printed from etched, engraved metal plate - probably zinc. Black ink. Image 18 3/4 X 13 3/4 on 24 X 18 5/8 in Rives BFK. Number unknown. Signed lower right. Also in the Dona and Bob Anderson, GaryVesoja, Sally Day, Mary Stamper Lynam, and the collection of the Woodinville School District, Washingtno State.
About Kenneth and Mary Auvil: Kenneth Auvil was teaching at San Jose State University, and Mary Auvil was a 1964 graduate of San José State University and married Professor Auvil. As his widow, she established a bequest intention for $1.6 million to be called The Kenneth and Mary Auvil Fund in Printmaking will be used to establish a permanent endowment that will provide the resources for a faculty chair or visiting professor in printmaking, as well as a scholarship in printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History. Bill Ritchie was Auvil's student in 1965-66.
Bill Ritchie 's comment: Both in images, symbols and technique, I collected these on to one plate as we resolved our stay in San Jose and began our move north to Seattle and the continuation of my chosen career. A little dead bird hung outside my window--it seems perverse, but it held a message for me and I etched it's image into my plate. Engraving came easier now, as playing an instrument must become for a musician, and printing it was like repeated performances.
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