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 silkscreen 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 word craft. 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.

Where to buy in print


The Art and Adventure of Making Rubbings
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
Did you ever run the flat side of a pencil over paper and watch the image of Lincoln magically appear from the penny underneath? If so, you made a RUBBING! Using the easy-to-follow steps and ideas revealed in The Art and Adventure of Making Rubbings, kids and adults ca
The Wayfarers: Journeying through a Century of Change
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,930. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
Virginia Ames was born in the Deep South at the dawn of the twentieth century. In her hundredth year, Ames takes us back to the 1970 cross-country sojourn wherein she and daughter Mary poignantly and critically looked at a century of sociability and social change—including race relations, revolutionary politics, the auto, space exploration, and flight.

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