Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Open Studio*************
MAY 26th and 27th (Memorial Day Weekend)

Join me at my studio, Ink In The Blood Press

LOCATION : Taraden 183 Park St, North Bennington, VT 05257  

10- 5 Saturday and Sunday statewide 179 Studios and Exhibits!!

Call to artists

For the month of June, The Left Bank in North Bennington will celebrate the legacy of Shirley Jackson through a show inspired by her words "Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?"

 Submission deadline May 25th. Send images with relevant information and proposals to or Show opens June 1st

Monday, March 5, 2018

Shadow Show

Shadow problems, Rhonda Ratray 2018 

SHADOW SHOW: Spotlighting
artwork that explores the many manifestations of shadows.
“Maybe the only thing each of us can see is our own shadow.
Carl Jung called this his shadow work. He said we never see others.
Instead we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows.
Projections. Our associations.
The same way old painters would sit in a tiny dark room and trace
the image of what stood
outside a tiny window, in the bright sunlight.
The camera obscura.
Not the exact image, but everything reversed or upside down.”
Chuck Palahniuk

TW Collins
Cara DeAngelo
Tom Longtin
Rhonda Ratray
Chris Sobolowski
Greg Winterhalter
Susan Smereka
Including vintage and contemporary works from private
collections. Join us at the opening when
we will be screening several of the films of Lottie Reiniger.

Opening 6:00 -7:30pm March 9th
On View till April 20th
The Left Bank Gallery is open Mondays 11-6pm and
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday by appointment.

The Left Bank, 5 Bank Street North Bennington, Vt 05257

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Raise the Spirits

Corpse Reviver #2
Rhonda Ratray

Raise the Spirits Opening reception

Presented by Harvest Brewing 

FRIDAY Feb. 9th 6pm-9pm

  Artwork by Rhonda Ratray an ongoing series exploring the botanical,social-historical and spiritual influence of Alcohol

201 South Street// Bennington VT//

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Leather Postcard circa 1910

Hearts on Fire:

 Valentine Ephemera and Tokens of Love

This show features local artists work as well as Valentines and tokens of affection from private collections.

Please join us for a reception at The Left Bank in North Bennington,  Jan 27th 4-6pm On view till Feb 17th

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tempus Fugitive

Each year the Bennington Museum’s Festival draws its inspiration from one of the objects in the Museum’s outstanding collection. For 2017, the annual festival of the season celebrates the creativity of a wide range of regional artists as they respond to Nichols Goddard’s Musical Tall Case Clock, ca. 1810, one of the centerpieces of the Museum’s newest exhibition, Early Vermont.
When I was in elementary school I had a watch that belonged to my grandfather that played the song “Yesterday” by the Beetles. After I heard the lyrics...I was struck, it was both funny and tragic, a watch that played a song about another time.

My Piece Tempus Fugitive, incorporates technology from the early 1800’s. The Phenakistoscope was developed in the 1830’s, the name comes from the Greek root word 'phenakisticos' , meaning "to deceive" or "to cheat", and- √≥ps, meaning "eye" or "face.  
It was invented simultaneously by a physicist and a mathematician independently observing optical illusions created by moving cogs when viewed through an aperture. Their successful prototypes were marketed as novelties that created fluid illusion of motion in the form of looped animations. These were mass produced on paper in several iterations. This concept is known to be the precursor to motion pictures. These optical studies remind us that our eyes can be tricked.

Tempus Fugit comes from the latin verse Georgica, written by the Roman poet Virgil: fugit irreparabile tempus, translates as ”but it flees irretrievable time” or simply put, “time flies”  This notion is often portrayed as the winged hourglass which has been used as a memento mori
(remember that you have to die) and is used here as a front and is the main static image of the piece. It is through our mortality that we embrace the illusion of time.

The images on the large wheel of my phenakistoscope are directly inspired by the Nichols Goddard Musical Tall case clock, ca.1810. The Nichols Clock face features a rotating image dial that shifts slowly from a glowing full smiling moon to a burning ship on the water. The song (Heathen Mythology or Hunting the Hare) was surreptitiously buffed from the clock face, and is brought to life here through a section of it’s own on the phenakistoscope. Hounds hunting a hare morph into Diana Goddess of the Hunt, Cupid riding Pegasus and Pan looking mischievous. By turning the handle and spinning the image wheel then spinning the “frame” wheel the viewer can speed up and slow down the animations  watching the quickening of the moon in it’s 28 day cycle, the hopping hare swarmed by gods and dogs, and observing the endless cycle of the ship igniting, raging and immolated. The viewer can be a time flier, a tempus fugitive.

Excerpt from the Lyrics of
Heathen Mythology or
Hunting the Hare
A Favorite Song
Songs of Shepherds in rustical roundelays,
Form’d in fancy, or whistled on reeds,
Sung to Solace young nymphs upon holidays, Are too unworthy for wonderful deeds,
Sottish Silenus
To Phoebus the genius
Was sent by dame Venus a song to prepare,
In phrase nicely coin’d.
And verse quite refin’d,
How the states divine hunted the hare.
Stars quite tired with pastimes Olympical,Stars and planets that beautiful shone,
Could no longer endure, that men only shall swim in pleasures, and they but look on,
Round about horned
Lucina they swarmed
And her informed how minded they were,
Each god and Goddess
To take human bodies,
As lords and ladies to follow the Hare

Reading the Signs

This body of work is currently on view at the Bennington Free Library  as part of the Wall works program, till Jan 2018

This show features a combination of prints and paintings that present  messages that seem direct and others that are are warnings if you only know where to look for them.

The Canary Warnings are a series of paintings inspired by the practice of keeping a canary in a coal mine as an early warning system for miners. When the bird dies the air will soon be too toxic for humans as well. The canary serves a kind of guardian, like a life force monitor. This series considers a myriad of possibilities about the ways in which one could be warned of tragedies or other dangerous situations.