Tryon Painters and Sculptors remembers Bill Ryan

Published 9:46am Friday, March 15, 2013

At the opening of the Member Show in the gallery of TPS I spoke with a couple of members who told me things about Bill that I would like to pass along.  Gloria Owensby took classes with Bill at ICC several years ago and remembered how he would invite the whole class to come up to his studio in Saluda  at the end of the session and give them a tour of their lovely home and studio.

“ He and his partner Jim were so generous to share their time with us.  They even served refreshments,” said Owensby. Pat Ferullo also reminisced that she recalled Bill’s kindness and gentleness as a person as well as being a fine artist.

Tryon Painters and Sculptors Board has officially dedicated the present Members’ Show to the memory of Bill Ryan. As part of the show itself, two of Bill’s paintings are displayed in the exhibit with a bio about him.  We will miss one of our best and most revered TPS members and teachers.  Fortunately we have his beautiful paintings by which to remember him.

The Members’ Show will run until April 6 and will be open on Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- article submitted by Christine Mariotti

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