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Passion for art flows through generations
In “Generations,” a show by mother-daughter artists Ruth Money and Ann Goble, visitors can see two ways of interpreting still lifes, natural scenes and horses.
Oil paintings by mother and daughter Ruth Money and Ann Goble
When: Through June 7
Where: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville
How much: Free
More info: 770-536-2575

Some families pass traditions on to later generations.

It seems the opposite has happened in one Gainesville family — they’ve passed artistic influence back to earlier generations.

“Generations,” an exhibit on display through June 7 at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, features oil paintings by mother and daughter Ruth Money, 77, and Ann Goble, 47.

But Goble’s daughter Ava, 17, got the ball rolling when her interest in horses took her family on vacation to Rancho De Los Caballeros, a dude ranch in Wickenburg, Ariz.

“She is an equestrian and has been since the age of 5, and she’s 17 now, and one year when she was maybe 8 or 9 years old, we took a trip to a dude ranch in Wickenburg, Ariz., mostly because of her love of horses,” Goble said.

“I ended up taking hundreds of photographs of the wranglers and the horses and just fell in love with that whole part of the country and that environment,” she said.

Goble said the family continued to visit the ranch, so all of her Western art comes from photographs taken of the horses there and around the barn where Ava practices dressage, a precise form of English riding.

But it wasn’t until a few years later that she was able to translate the photos into oil paintings, some of which are on display in “Generations.”

“I had had a hand injury as a child that left my right hand limited in its use, and so that really kind of restricted what I could do as an artist. About eight years ago I had some surgery that made that better,” she said. “It’s still not great, but it made it so that I could hold a paintbrush and keep it in my hand, and so that was kind of the turning point for me, was to be able to really get into painting at that point.”

Goble continued painting, finding success locally and at a gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., recommended by occasional Quinlan instructor Rosita Santiago.

So when her parents moved to Gainesville’s Lanier Village Estates, Goble insisted that her mother follow her own desire to paint.

“She told me when we came here, she just said, ‘Mom, you’re going to focus on your painting,’ because I think she sensed that it was something I had always wanted to do, but never had quite the time or the opportunity,” Money said. “She even gave me a few paints for my birthday or Christmas or something.”

Money said she had taken a few art courses before and worked as a docent at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn., so she did have an artistic background. But moving to Gainesville and taking classes at the Quinlan helped her focus on painting full time.

Still lifes are the main focus of Money’s works, but she also includes “a few figures, and some landscapes” and she said she hopes to “elicit an emotion of some kind with my paintings.”

Money said her fruit still lifes are meant to do more than just display fruit.

“There, I tried to convey, tried to portray fruit as humans, as people, and the way we’re connected, the way we help each other, the way we’re different in color and size and everything,” Money said.

Another of her paintings features one of her husband’s caretakers.

“I live at Lanier Village and my husband’s in the nursing home here. One of my paintings is of an African-American woman who is one of his aides in the nursing home, and she has on a beautiful white head wrap, and that sort of really caught my attention,” Money said.

Also on display in the show, side by side, are two still lifes of the same subject, one by each of the artists.

“Sometimes we’ve set up a still life and both painted the same setup, and we had each a painting of this particular setup and Amanda (Kroll, director of the Quinlan) thought it would be interesting to show them side by side, which it is. I think it’s fascinating to see how people interpret the very same subject,” Goble said.