Bill Ritchie's art in Washington State
  
in the

"Spike" Henderson Collection

"Bridge's Heart 7"

Provenance: 1973. Print. Mixed media. Blue, yellow, black, red. Printed on Van Gelder Zonen natural with Japanese etching chine colle. 18 X 24 image. T/P. Signed lower right: Bill H. Ritchie, Jr. pr731013rit. Also in the collections of Robert J. Adams, Lee Altman, Billie Bryan, Spence Guerin, Henry Art Gallery, Philadelphia Art Museum, Rainier Bank, Lynda Ritchie, Carolyn Scheve, Carolyn Schwendiman, Nellie Sunderland, Donnie Wilburn

Exhibitions and Awards: Puyallup Art Exhibition, "Best in Show," juried by Gervais Reid, et. al., September, 1973. Puyallup WA; Lubbock Invitational, Purchase Prize (State Proof), 1973. Lubbock, TX; Philadelphia Print Club Open Competition. Stewart M. Egnal Prize Purchase Award. Sylvan Cole, Andrew Stasik, Janet Flint, jurors. 1973. Philadelphia PA; Jane Haslem Gallery, 1974. Washington, DC.; National Print Invitational , Georgia Southern College, 1973, Statesboro, GA; 20th Annual Print Exhibition, 1973, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; 1st Annual Images on Paper, Purchase Award. Feb-Mar, 1973. Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

About "Spike" Henderson: I recall Spike as being one of the founders of Plasteel Frames, along with Tom Blue and others. The shop was on the street level of the Journal of Commerce building, where Triangle Studios relocated. Spike and Tom were big supporters of my work, sometimes trading artwork for custom framing.

Bill Ritchie 's Comment: "The Henry Gallery Association wanted new members and, as an incentive to join, offered a print. Commissioned to produce the print, I was excited and worked hard, eager to please. It went badly. The harder I worked the uglier the print became. I made plates and pulled many states. Finally I threw out the design entirely. Then it came all at once! A lithograph, from a different series, and using corduroy and soft ground to get the effect of raster lines (from my video work) made for an entirely new direction. Things fell into place and “Bridges Heart” was one of my most successful prints. It’s the only print of mine that the Henry Gallery has in its permanent collection."


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