Virginia Wade Ames

Centenarian Virginia Wade Ames has led a life of creativity, using the arts to express her love of life, people and beauty. While rearing her family, needle, thread, fabric and food were her media. Friends and neighbors became the players on her stage as she and her husband choreographed social gatherings with unsung heroes, characters of the times, movers, shakers and invisible makers of history. With children educated and off on their own, she perfected her passions for silk-screen printing, watercolor, acrylic and pastel painting. When a friend ran for office, her elegant paper hat-making events successfully threw his hat into the ring.

Ames is a cultural catalyst, not only bringing interesting people together but also seeing potentials for bringing about good -- her work to get the Torpedo Factory Center for the Arts established in Alexandria is a prime example.

In her "retirement" to Arizona she has enriched lives with her artful teaching at the University of Arizona's lifelong learning SAGE/OLLI Society. As macular degeneration began taking its visual toll on her artist's eye she turned her energies to wordcraft. At ninety-nine, she has four more manuscripts ready for publication and four great-grandchildren who will especially enjoy them. Her genteel wit and seasoned thoughts on how to treat each other can touch us all.

The Wayfarers, Journeying through a Century of Time
History / Biography
September 2014
ISBN 9781499387865
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

The Art and Adventure of making Rubbings
Fine Arts / Photography
April 2016
ISBN 9781523284016
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

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Tucson Medical Center

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Friends of the Festival
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William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Marshall Foundation
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