About

Artist Statement

Reality is not always pretty and art need not be either. However, I do believe that the highest Truth is beautiful. I want my work to express a core worldview of hope. I believe we were designed by the Creator to participate in his creative nature, revealing aspects of his beauty and mystery, and discovering his heart toward us. Painting does this for me.

As I see the world, color is glory. This results in revealing and emboldening of color. In my work I attempt to combine elements of realism with elements of abstraction. In this way I give context to the abstract and the color, and attempt to express deeper realities than surface objects. Sometimes I am sending a message through symbolism; sometimes I am merely celebrating what is. Because we celebrate a God who is.

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Gallery Representation:

Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas. July 2014- June 2015. Owners: Clarke & Cindy Huisman, Helen Scott. 8206 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR, 72227

Four Winds Gallery, Bozeman, Montana. March 2013- present. Owners/Curators: Donna Wolslagel and Mark Noyes. The

The EDGE Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas. June 2013- Fall 2013. 301B President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201.

 

Solo/2-Artist Shows:

Portfolio Gallery Exhibit 2, Nov.-Dec., 2011. Solo Show. Midnight Oil, Searcy, AR. Nashville Culture Exhibit, Spring 2011. Solo Show. Nero’s Grill, Nashville TN. Portfolio Gallery Exhibit 1, May-July, 2009. Solo show. Midnight Oil, Searcy, AR. Seeing Windows, April, 2009. Two-artist Show. Stephens Art Gallery, Harding University; Searcy, AR.

 

Juried Shows:

Hot Springs Regional Art Competition, March, 2013. The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Hot Springs, AR.

Argenta Art Walk, November 16, 2012. Argenta District, Little Rock, AR.

Faculty and Alumni Exhibition, October, 2012. Stephens Art Gallery, Harding University, October 2012.

Facing Out, Portrait Show. August, 2011. Crossroads Community Church, Portland, OR.

Faces in Time, Portrait Show, April, 2010. Searcy Art Gallery, Searcy, AR.

Annual Fall Lectureship Art Exhibit, March, 2007. Stevens Art Gallery, Harding University, Searcy, AR.

 

Other Events:

Think Advertising 10 Year Anniversary Banquet, Oct.8 2013. Live Painting and Auction to benefit Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette 2012 Fall Bridal Show, August 19, 2012. Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, AR.

Race to Remember 5K, June 23, 2012. Live painting and painting donation to the Mamies Poppies charity in benefit of parents experiencing child loss. Little Rock, AR.

ReTune Nashville Art Auction, May 3rd, 2011. Artwork donation to ReTune Nashville, a Tennessee Non-Profit organization helping provide relief for uninsured musicians through the sale of artwork created from flood damaged musical instruments.

Children’s Safety Center Dinner and Auction, October 2008. Painting donation. Searcy, AR.

 

Experience:

Vice President and Visual Arts Chairperson of the Searcy Arts Council. Fall 2013-Present. Coordinating and curating for the Searcy Art Gallery.

Member of the Mid-Southern Watercolor Society and the Arkansas Arts Counsil Private and group art lessons to children and adults, ages 5 and up. Summer 2009-Present.

Painting sales and commissions to over 55 different private collectors and businesses.

Graphic design freelance and various home design and event design advising.

 

Biographical: Bethany was born in Calgary, Canada, then moved around the United States with active duty military parents. She received an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design in 2009 from Harding University. After graduating Bethany spent one year in Togo, west Africa learning culture, caring for children, and teaching art. After a brief time in Nashville, she moved back to Searcy, Arkansas and has been doing art and teaching art lessons ever since.