Awards & Recognition

Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Art Exhibition 2021 and 2022

Juried Works: “Guardians of Resilience” (2021) and “Remember, Hope from Our Ancestral Roots” (2022)
Award Winner: Judge’s Award
Submission Category: Two-Dimensional

Commissioned Works

Nisenan Heritage Days

Mountain Lion “Pekun”


The bear carries the stories of the people. From the dancing of the gray pines to the gold of the poppies and raven bringing messages to families are the symbols embedded into this painting.

Nisenan Heritage Days

Bear “Kapa”


Featured Artist Exhibition

Nevada City Winery

Featured Exhibition in July 2019

One Woman Exhibition: Unmasked, Becoming Visible

June 2021

Nevada City Winery’s featured Artist for the third year.

Raves & Reviews

Artist of the Month

January 2019

Deep gratitude to Jennifer Rugge for an amazingly wonderful mineral painting and gold leaf workshop yesterday!!  This piece is still in progress, but I absolutely loved making the mineral based paints/applying gold leaf….. and playing with them in that vast domain of creativity.  I have never considered myself a visual artist, but am having so much fun letting go into the world artists inhabit all the time.  How blessed I am!

Gaye Abbott, Goldleaf Workshop attendee
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My attempt! GA

The painting is absolutely wonderful! We picked it up on Weds., and put it up last night.  First, we studied your notes on the back and took it ALL in. We feel your generosity of spirit and your immense talent. I know I felt drawn to your work, but I think it has become even more fully realized in this piece. Jill (Collector)

Jen, It was so fun. I’m going out today to get a few supplies.

Lorena, Mineral Painting Workshop attendee

Thanks again Jennifer! Had so much fun.
Wow, you’re right about the seasons, how interesting. I showed my grandkids, I thought they would laugh but they really liked it, hmm who would of thought. I can do art!
Thank you!!!

Sarah, Mineral Painting Workshop attendee