Ruthven holds open house

Local artist John Ruthven held an open house on May 6 and 7 at the Thompson House Gallery on Grant Avenue in Georgetown.
Ruthven invited seven other of his fellow Masterworks for Nature artist to share the open house and display some of their own art pieces.
Masterworks for Nature is a group of Cincinnati area artists dedicated to raising awareness and funds for conservation. The group partners with conservation and nature education organizations to hold exhibitions and raise money through sales and auction events.
To date, the group has raised over $1.3 million in gross receipts for various conservation organizations in the Cincinnati tri-state area.
John A. Ruthven is considered a naturalist, an author, a lecturer and is internationally acknowledged a master of wildlife art, often called the “20th Century Audubon.” He uses the same techniques as his famous predecessor.
Museums featuring Ruthven’s work include the Smithsonian Institution’s Preservation and Research Center, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, and the Cincinnati Museum Center.
During his recent Open House Masterworks for Nature artists Linda Howard Bittner, DeVere Burt, Gary Denzler, Ann Geise, Mary Louise Holt, Debbie Lentz and Chris Walten were on hand to meet and greet visitors.
Linda Howard Bittner has dedicated her career as an artist and illustrator to promote wildlife appreciation and conservation concepts to children and adults.
Some of Bittner’s clients include National Geographic Books, National Arbor Day Foundation, Oxford University Press, MacMillan/McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Golden Books and the Wildlife Research Institute.
DeVere Burt is on an artistic journey exploring nature’s infinite possibilities. He is an award winning artist specializing in landscapes and animal subjects. A former research biologist, science museum director and founder of Masterworks for Nature, he has created a collection of Audubon themed paintings and is currently lecturing and exhibiting his works.
Gary Denzler’s interest is in birds, particularly hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. He has trained birds and directed the Great American Wings of Wonder show at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. He was also selected to design and sculpture the birds that are in the Ice Age portion at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Ann Geise is a Cincinnati Artist who worked as Artist and Exhibits Manager for the Cincinnati Nature Center for 19 years. Her illustrations have appeared in several books including “A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines” and “In Ohio’s Backyard: Bats.” She owns a studio in Batavia. (
Mary Louise Holt  began her career as a graphic designer, illustrator and courtroom artist for local and national television. She has created exhibits for nature centers, museums and other institutions involved in environmental education both here and abroad.
Her historical paintings as well as her portraits, landscapes and wildlife art can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. Her works have been exhibited in several prestigious museums in the U.S. and Europe. (
Debbie Lentz is former owner/operator of Wombat Art Works Gallery in Waynesville, and has now dedicated her artistic career to producing and promoting her own works of wildlife and nature subjects. Her early experience as a volunteer for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens helped to fuel her passion to creat her realistic wildlife art, particularly her big cats.
Through her art work, she has helped raise money for the Cincinnati Zoo, the Center for Endangered Wildlife, the Angel Fund, the Hamilton County Parks, Raptor Inc., the international Society of Endangered Cats and the Fishing Cat Species Survival Program. (
Christopher Walden came to America from New Zealand over 30 years ago and has become a nationally known wildlife artist. He helps raise money and awareness to preserve the habitats, that are in danger. Through donations of artwork in the past 25 years, he has helped raise over $28 million for conservation. (