“Day Blink” (moment at dawn where a lookout can see above low lying mist)
I try to express in my new waterscape paintings the peace and tranquility I derive from my love of water—whether it be in the mountains of WNC or the coast.
Summers spent on Fontana Lake are a part of me. The mirrored surface of the lake is perfect for water skiing and skinny-dipping beneath a full moon is an experience I don’t pass up. I’ve seen helicopters scoop up huge buckets of water to fight blazes and I’ve seen the spillways opened spewing water hundreds of feet into the air to prevent flooding.
I’ve played in the surf of Carolina beaches and dug for shells in tide pools with my toes. I’ve enjoyed the gentle relaxing ocean waves but also know first hand what a force of nature its currents can be. Still, there is such a beauty in my coastal memories.
I have enjoyed my return to incorporating photographs into my encaustic paintings. This new work is a series of photographs of waterlilies that are printed on silk and embedded into beeswax. Each is 20′ x 20″ x 2.5″ on cradled wooden panel. Available for sale.
This series can be seen at the Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB) in downtown Asheville December 11 – January 15. I hope you can stop in to see my art, have a great lunch or dinner and enjoy a brew.
Wax, Watercolor and Alcohol Ink
October 14 | 10 – 4 | $185
$185 includes all materials. Create 4 works of art using watercolor, alcohol ink and encaustic. Paint loose watercolor art in guided lessons. Then encapsulate and protect your work in luminous encaustic layers, embellish with ephemera and add finally add the “IT” factor. Alcohol inks add dimension and vibrant color to this mixed media artwork. Your work will need no protective glass and will be ready to hang! No experience necessary.
310 Art | 191 Lyman St. | Asheville, NC 28801
For class descriptions and directions use the registration link.
Bet’s work will be on exhibit October 6 – 14, 2014 at the Bakehouse Art Center, Audrey Love Gallery, Miami, FL. The pieces juried into the show are encaustic collagraphs. “The Devil In The Straight Line” is an international juried show sponsored by International Encaustic Artists and jurored by Henning Haupt. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 10 from 7 – 10 pm. The gallery reception on Friday is a kickoff to the larger Wynwood Art Crawl on Saturday Night, a separate event which draws approximately 4600 people every month to the Wynwood Arts district.
This exhibit is inspired by Austrian Friedensreich Hundertwasser, one of the best-known late 20th century artists. He created zany masterpieces of unruly shapes and vibrant color and considered straight lines “the devil’s tools.”
Encaustic painting lends itself beautifully to Hundertwasser’s ideals.
Several pieces of Bet’s have been selected for the “Hot and Cold” exhibition of works in encaustic and cold wax. This curated show can be seen at 310 Art in the River Arts District of Asheville during the month of June. Also available is a beautiful catalog of works in the exhibition.
In conjunction with the show, Bet will be teaching Encaustic Comprehensive on Saturday/Sunday–June 28/29. Other classes taught during the week: Gina Louthian–Intro to Encaustic Monotypes; Cindy Taylor–Abstraction in Cold Wax; Erin Keane–Bookarts/Encaustic covers. Information and registration form is here.
To commemorate Women’s History Month, Bet is having a solo exhibit of photographs and encaustic paintings at the UNC-Asheville Highsmith Intercultural Art Center. Her show depicts challenges and triumphs of the female journey. Be intrigued with such works as “Atomic Chocolate” and “Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down.”
Bet is delighted to be exhibiting concurrently with her life-long friend, Mary Alice Ramsey. Ramsey’s show is in the adjoining Highsmith Art Gallery and is titled “Faces, Flowers, and Super Powers.” It portrays the sensitivity, savvy and super strength of women.
The exhibitions will run through March and a dual opening reception will be 5-6:30 p.m. March 6.