Check out SoJie 24!


On The Move
by Arla M. Ruggles


   Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 75000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 24. SoJie 24 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 24th one, ever, and 70 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on September 26th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhibitors. The works are shown “galler

Arla M. Ruggles Gallery in Host Hullaballoo


I am proud to have a Gallery featured in HOST HULLABALOO!,
celebrating the hosts of RedBubble. This 4th annual event
is produced and sponsored by the Solo Exhibition group.

Below is a clickable “tear sheet” from the Arla M. Ruggles Gallery at the 4th Annual Host Hullabaloo!
please click it to go straight to my gallery there.

View all of the galleries!

Visiting the host galleries at Host Hullabaloo is a great way to support participating hosts, who also support your work with their volunteered time and features. Thank you! If you’re not a member of the group, you are invited to visit the public show and comment here, in this journal.

THIS JOURNAL IS ALSO PART OF A WEB RING. You can follow other host photographer and artists involved, by clicking on the WEB RING BADGE below, wh

"This won't hurt a bit ... "

“This won’t hurt a bit ..”…

Please NOTE: I encourage unrestricted sharing of this image – especially with
press entities in Oklahoma, such as Oklahoma Bureau of Tourism, et al.

Despite outrage in Europe and elsewhere, over the discovery of misidentified HORSE MEAT in beef products, proponents of horse slaughter in the United States are rallying to support legislation to reopen slaughter houses in Oklahoma and New Mexico (and possibly in other states)

Pro-Slaughter industries include the horse racing industry, AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association), American Cattlemen’s Association, BLM (Bureau Of Land Management), United Horsemen (which intends to sponsor producing equines for meat — which is not currently done in the U.S.), and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, among others.

Groups that promo

Wild Horse Field Reports from Eastern Nevada

In partnership with GrassrootsHORSE I am charged with the task of providing field reports on the many small bands of mustangs that I customarily follow, anyway — plus some new ones. The objective being to develop a more comprehensive body of information about our native wild equids — both before, and following BLM roundups.…

I will add links to my blog as each report is made.

  1. Siegel Creek Band Of Wild Horses (2011.MAY.22)
    (Antelope Complex WHA – Post-Roundup)
  1. Long Valley Herds (2011.MAY.04)
    (Triple B’s WHA: targeted for round-up beginning July, 2011)
  1. Schellbourne Pass Band Of Wild Horses
    (Antelope Complex WHA – Post-Roundup)
  1. Kinsley Herds (2011.MAY.01)
    (Antelope Complex WHA – Post-Roundup)
  1. Cherry Creek Band Of Wild Horses (2011.APR.26)
    (Targeted for round-up beginning July, 2011)
  1. Butte Valley Band

Farewell to a Great Nevadan

My grandmother, Mathilde Fouquet (Ruggles) Collette passed away peacefully, just after midnight, this morning. She was 102, and had been on a steady decline for several weeks.…

In her prime, she taught elementary school in Cherry Creek, Eureka, and Ely, Nevada; was a columnist for the Ely Daily Times, and co-authored an historical account: Hurrah For My New Free Country, based on the journals of her grandfather, Leon Charles Fouquet, who immigrated from France after the War Between The States.

My father (her son), my sister, and I, were all able to spend time with her during her final days, and will ever be grateful for the many years we had together with her. She was the last of her immediate family (five sisters and a brother) she will be greatly missed, but will always remain as an ico

BLM to restrict PUBLIC OBSERVATION of Wild Horse Round-Ups

BLM to restrict PUBLIC OBSERVATION of Wild Horse Round-Ups

Ask Congress To Force BLM To Allow Public Observation
Of Wild Horse Program
In the face of public and Congressional outrage over the roundup of nearly 2,000 wild horses from Nevada’s Calico Mountains region, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced plans to control and minimize criticism by further restricting public viewing of its operations to a small group of cherry-picked organizations and individuals for limited viewing. The agency is ramping up its capture plans, with over 5,000 more wild horses targeted for roundup and removal over the next four months.

By its own admission, BLM’s crackdown on public observation of its roundup activities and wild horse holding facilities is designed to control images released on blogs,

S.V.P.A .... Rewind (2010.JUN.13)

I have been trying to decide whether to continue with the group Steptoe Valley Photographers’ Association or not … Participation has been disappointing, and our few active members tend to post the same work to NEVADA: The Silver State.

Last evening, I discovered that the other group host has left the group, without notice or explanation …. she helped me keep this little group going through a long and very quiet winter, and I definitely appreciate her efforts.

At this point, I think it might be more productive to shift the group’s focus, or become focused on something more specific … Like WILD HORSES, MUSTANGS, WILD BURROS, & BRUMBIES? The change is easy to make, and would negate the need to establish a NEW Bubble group; which takes 2 weeks, minimum.

For the moment, I am going to suspend

SVPA Meet & Shoot!

Steptoe Valley Photographers’ Association is making plans for our FIRST official group
MEET & SHOOT of 2010. The primary DESTINATION is the old mining camp of
GOLD HILL, UTAH – just beyond the Nevada-Utah line, about 30 miles
out of the two WENDOVERS.

A specific DATE has not been decided, but we are thinking the last week of this month
Anyone interested in participating, please send me a B-Mail — let me know what date(s) would be best for you. If traveling from a distance, we can help with accommodations.

Register for this EVENT on Facebook

US Department of Justice Postpones Wild Horse Round-Up

US Department of Justice postpones wild horse round-up…

(EWA) – The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) applauds the decision by the US Department of Justice to postpone the December 1 scheduled round-up of wild horses in the Calico Complex of Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received in excess of 10,000 public comments on this round-up alone. The announcement of the postponement was reported this morning in a press release from In Defense of Animals (IDA) and EWA adviser Craig Downer;

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced tonight that the massive roundup and removal of thousands of horses from public land in northwestern Nevada will be delayed until December 28 as a direct result of the filing of a lawsuit by In Defense of Animals and renowned ecologist Craig Dow

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