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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Betsy Wolfston Shows at Passionflower

Here's a pic of fellow Eugenean, ceramic artist Betsy Wolfston in her studio. You may not know Betsy but if you live here, you've probably seen some of her public art's projects which grace Kesey Square and the Amtrak station.......They have made our town a more magical and inspired place to live. I would show you some photos here of them but there is nothing out there that does them justice...

I have been loving Betsy's work for a long time. Below a piece of hers I bought several years ago at Karin Clarke Gallery.....it's from a series she did inspired by William Blake's Proverbs......This one is #26 - Excess of sorrow laughs / Excess of joy weeps. I call him Bunny Boy.

I think Betsy likes to work in series (dang how do you spell the plural of series? serieses?). Her work also has a dual nature....it is both approachable and enigmatic - She takes us to a mysterious place by clearly showing us the way.

She mostly shows her work at Opus VII Gallery but last year (and coming up this year too!!!) she did a three person Valentine's show with Rogene Manas and Bev Soasey upstairs at the store. They call it Objects of Desire. Betsy made a series of 64 pieces based on the pentagrams of the I Ching.

And this year she gave me just a sneak peek at what she's working on.

She calls them "floaters" and was almost apologetic about their dark nature.....you know, not what people really expect from her, maybe less "saleable" than other work etc...etc.... I say it's pretty exciting to watch an artist push up against difficult personal questions into uncharted territory.

Really I'm very excited to see what Betsy has been dreaming up for the "Objects of Desire" show which opens first Friday Feb 4 at Passionflower.

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