Writing Ruess: Recent Museum Programs Explored Artist’s Literary Legacy

Desert vagabond and block printer Everett Ruess has long been well-known throughout canyon country for his art, writings, and mysterious disappearance. During his travels throughout the region in the 1930s, Ruess wrote numerous long, lyrical letters to his family and friends detailing his travels and conveying reverence for the landscapes he loved so dearly- letters that continue to resonate with readers nearly a century later since his disappearance. Over the winter, a collection of his prints have been on display at the Museum, and in association with this exhibit, a recent pair of writing workshops hosted by the Museum helped Moabites explore his legacy as a writer as well.

Over this two-part workshop held in February, Moab based writer and musician Brian Laidlaw shared with attendees how imagery and intention can enrich letter-writing style, and guided attendees through crafting their own thoughtful missives to friends and loved ones. 

Block Prints by Everett Ruess will be on display through the end of February – come visit Tuesday through Saturday from 10am through 6pm to explore the exhibit.