Ruth knew art. She had won a scholarship to college, unusual for Jewish girls at that time, where her gift for identifying fine art emerged. She opened a gallery in her small Manhattan apartment, traveling to Europe while her son was at summer camp, and becoming friends with many post-war artists including Magritte, Giacometti, Matta, and Picasso. She went on to earn her degree in the first MFA class offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also volunteered teaching art to children through the National Council of Jewish Women and at a prototype art therapy program for children at Hunter College. She later became executive director of the famed Paul Rosenberg Gallery. When her son Jeff went off to college, Ruth married Bill Fineshriber. Bill’s work involved a great deal of travel; Ruth retired from the art world, except for her lifelong commitment as a founding member of The Israel Museum, to accompany him around the world. Ruth’s private collection, the art she had not sold or refused to sell, remained in their apartment. Gradually, these works were forgotten outside of her immediate circle. Over 40 years later, their sale, to create the Fineshriber Family Foundation, created a stir in the art world.