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"Art In The Heart" ( 0 )

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  " ART IN THE HEART"

A group exhibition featuring Richard G. Eastman, Artist


WHEN:
Saturday, February 12th    6-9 p.m.

WHERE:
Betz Gallery1208 W. Gray   Houston, TX 77019
 

Betz Art Gallery will be featuring the works of contemporary, impressionistic artist Richard G. Eastman in an upcoming group exhibition, “Art in the Heart”on Feb 12, starting at 6pm.
The show focuses on Valentine’s Day and features multiple 2D and 3D pieces from a diverse group, The artists included in the show are: Ann McBride, Damien Fox, David Blackwell, Maria Vera and Vickie Neal.There will be many different styles and mediums, including sculpture

Eastman is known for his use of color to perfectly convey the internal emotion found in each of his paintings. Using primarily red and green, and he said he reaches inside himself to feel the color before selecting it. Eastman continued, “Red intensifies all emotions as it is a very active color; blue evokes peace and happiness, and green nurtures my soul”. Eastman, who always paints from an emotional level and considers himself a happy and motivated person, suggests that his art work is almost a diary of the events in his life.
Gallery owner Lori Betz, also a contemporary painter, works with and features the art of many Houston area artists, with this being the first exhibit of 2011.

"Artfull Hearts" ( 0 )

"Artfull Hearts"

 Friday, Febuary 10, 2012 6-9 p.m. Opening Artist Reception
• “Artfull Hearts” will be open until Febuary 14th




"ARTFUL HEARTS"
Friday, Febuary 10, 2012 6-9 p.m. Opening Artist Reception
On display until Febuary 14th


With special hours on sunday, Feb 12th and all day valentines day, Feb 14th . The exhibition features artists Randall Jobe and Jonatan Lopez.  Randall describes his work as "theatrically inspired whimsy".  Each image is a character with a story to tell. Sometimes he adds prose to assist the audience with the message. More often he leaves it to interpretation; hopefully one of frivolity and bemusement to the viewer. Jonatan Lopez welds steel and found objects together to make intricate and beautiful sculptures of heats and figures that are truely unique works
of art that fit in nicely with the holiday theme for Valentines Day.


• Betz Gallery1208 W. Gray Houston, TX 77019




• The opening reception will feature live music and refreshments

"HEART" BY JONATAN LOPEZ

"Back From Loveland" ( 0 )

 

“Back From Loveland”

Juried Exhibition, September 1, 2012


This weekend, Betz Gallery will host “Back From Loveland", a sculpture show to open with a reception held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 1.  The title for the show was chosen because artist Lori Betz has recently returned from the Loveland Sculptural Invitational in Colorado, where she was one of the artists chosen to participate. 

 

Loveland is the largest sculpture invitational in the country and artist and gallery owner Lori Betz wants to bring some of the excitement back with her to Houston. 

 

“I created some new sculptures specifically for this event and I am very excited about showcasing them for the first time in Houston at this exhibition," Betz said.  Also joining her are artists Brad Abrams, Sabine Senft, Chris Hunt, Jessica Jacobi and Sarah Roberts.

 

“We plan on breaking ground in a few months on a whole new show room and sculpture garden that will open in the spring of next year.  This new facility will combine the Betz Gallery Showroom with the Betz Art Foundry and be destination for lovers of sculptural art in Houston,” Betz said. “So the exhibition Back From Loveland will be our last show in the old location.”

The exhibition will run through September 15.

"Cowboys" A Photographic Journey ( 1 )

 

 

Take a visual journey through "Cowboys" at Betz Gallery on Thursday, March 10 through March 25th

See an amazing  Video of Skeeter Hagler by LorelleMedia.com http://www.lorellemedia.com/

 
 
As March ushers in the spring art season, Betz Art Gallery, located at 1208 W. Gray in the Montrose section of Houston, is the place to be when artists Kevin Vandivier and Skeeter Hagler invites art enthusiasts to take a visual journey through "Cowboys"
 
The exhibition, which opens with a public reception on Tursday, March 10, from 6-9 p.m., and continues through March 25th, includes a variety of photographs and mixed media works. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the reception, Kevin and Skeeter will give a demonstration and talk on creativity -- discussing the creative process through their photographs.
 
Photographer Skeeter Hagler is the recipient of photography's highest honor, The Pulitzer
Prize, for his documentary on the life of the West Texas cowboy. Skeeter has over 30 years of experience as a photographer and has traveled the world on assignments and projects.
As a freelance photographer, he is equally at ease photographing the West Texas Cowboy
driving a weather beaten herd of cattle as he is waiting hours for the light to get just right
to photograph a downtown building.

Skeeter has an eye for the details of a subject while at the same time seeing the overall
importance of the subject to society and the world. In the words of former Speaker of the U.S. House, the Honorable Jim Wright, "Skeeter gets the picture before he takes it...and makes you feel what you see." Recent projects include "Born To This Land", a photo book with Texas' best-loved cowboy poet Red Steagall, and a book in progress chronicling growth of the master plan
development of "Alliance, Texas".
 

If “ all the world’s a stage for an actor”, then all the world’s a studio for KEVIN
VANDIVIER! Whether he’s chasing Hurricane Gilbert down in Mexico that generated a coveted LIFE cover and full two-page foldout in the magazine... or perched at the edge of a rumbling volcano on Mt. Kilahaua, Hawaii...whether he’s interfacing with presidents and kings, or befriending a lonely homeless child on the streets of Romania, Kevin’s keen eye for capturing life’s unfolding drama with richness of color and soul-piercing human emotion, has distinguished his work among peers and public alike.


For over 30 years, KEVIN VANDIVIER has traveled extensively throughout the U.S.
and the world, covering assignments for not only LIFE (cover), but also for TIME,
NEWSWEEK, USA TODAY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORLD & ADVENTURE,
TEXAS MONTHLY (also a cover), TEXAS HIGHWAYS and numerous other
publications. His published works also include books, calendars and posters. Kevin’s book titles have included “A MOTHER’S TOUCH”, “SUNDAY IN AMERICA’, “THUNDER IN
AMERICA: NASCAR’S 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY”, ”TEXAS”, “SMOKIN HOT a
Texas High School Football Photo Essay” and hot off the presses” TEXAS PUBLIC
GARDENS”. Vandivier continually seeks out opportunities to give a voice to the voiceless as he has done in chronicling the lives of the Romanian street children through his camera lens. Beyond the goal of just telling a story, he hopes to raise public awareness in America that will generate tangible, life-changing help for many of those in need in the world.
 In 2007, Kevin took a break from his freelance career to serve as Photography
Editor for TEXAS HIGHWAYS MAGAZINE. Though his time proved short it was a
very rich experience. As Photography Editor Kevin won multiple awards including an
Honorable Mention for “MAGAZINE PICTURE EDITOR OF THE YEAR” in the
coveted 2009 BEST OF PHOTOJOURNALISM competition. In January of 2009 Kevin started TEXAS PHOTO WORKSHOPS and has also enjoyed teaching excellence in photography to a
very good number of photographers.

 Betz Art Gallery is located at 1208 W. Gray in the Montrose section of Houston. For more information about the "Cowboys" exhibition, Betz Gallery's artists, or future events, contact Lori Betz at 888-755-0515, via e-mail at <info@betzgallery.com or by visiting the gallery's website <www.betzgallery.com .
 

"Fall Into Color" ( 0 )

LeeAnne Domangue was born in Philadelphia, PA.  She lived there and was educated there until receiving an Accounting Degree and moving to Houston at age 23.  LeeAnne currently resides in The Woodlands, TX.

LeeAnne always had a love for creative writing and poetry.  She began dabbling in painting about ten years ago.  LeeAnne is a self-trained artist and has been selling her artwork for  6 years.  Her pieces are generally contemporary, both abstract and figurative.  LeeAnne’s mediums are Oil and Acrylic, using traditional canvas as well as wood panel. She loves matte and glossy finishes, and is recognized for her use of texture. 


Experimenting with different application tools and resin coatings for some works have shown the nontraditional approach to art, and an updated look that can be eclectic, and a beautiful addition to any style of home décor.  Color is the key to the movement and feel of her work. Because of her love of writing, naming the paintings has been key to each piece to bring in to life.

LeeAnne is currently displaying work in the Betz Gallery in Houston.  Her paintings are also represented in the home staging of major Houston design groups such as the Jane Page Design Group, who also offer her work to their clients.  LeeAnne has done commissioned work which includes personal work for Houston art world consultant, Maura Pauro with the Laura Rathe Gallery in Houston. 

LeeAnne has showcased her paintings in several Houston and Woodlands area restaurants for over four years. Her work has been purchased for both residential and commercial enjoyment.

"Focus On Fiber" ( 0 )

Houston Area Fiber Artists
presents their
Annual Member Gallery Show
FOCUS ON FIBER 2011

Juror: Mari Omori, Professor of Art,
Lone Star College Kingwood

 

October 1 thru October 26, 2011

Opening reception Saturday, October 1, 2011

 6 to 9 PM

Includes  Silent Auction




Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Complimentary valet parking will be available

"Mixed Messages" ( 0 )

Mixed Messages is the most recent signature collaboration exhibition of many held since 1999 by Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA). WiVLA's mission is to provide a forum for women to explore and advance their creative development, promote their work in the marketplace, and infuse the community with their spirit of cooperation and invention.

This year thirty women artists formed collaborative partnerships, resulting in fifteen 2D and 3D art pieces in a wide variety of media, all based on the theme title. Nine of the visual pieces inspired accompanying literary works which will be read at the June 19 WiVlA meeting.

Participating partnerships are: Melba Lee & Peggy Sexton, Rebecca Kveton & Jo Ann Cantu, Kathy Farr & Janet Ruffin, Pattie Berg & Carol Watson, Amanda J. Sisk & Lane Devereux, Corry Austin & Donna Durbin, Marguerite A. Baldwin & Janice Smith, Rona Lesser & Linda Ann Stelljes, Piyali Sen Dasgupta & Karen A. Smith, Cindy Rasch & Nell Gottlieb, Marguerite A. Baldwin & Andrea Waugespak, Jane Mulholland & Elizabeth Lander, Lane Devereux & Cindy Rasche, Cookie Wells & Kathleen Merritt, Michele A. Zacks & Marcia Glickman.

The visual exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, May 5, from 6-9:00 PM. The exhibition continues through May 15.

"Queens of Creativity" ( 0 )

Art Exhibit and Benefit for the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston.  Opening Reception April 30th 6pm-10pm

 

Betz ARt Gallery

&
The Museum of Cultural Arts Presents:

The Queens of Creativity Debut Art Exhibit


 April 12, 2011 – On Saturday, April 30th from 6:00  to 9:00 pm


Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH) and Betz Art Gallery will host an art exhibit
at Betz Art Gallery located at 1208 W. Gray to introduce the Queens of Creativity.
Presented by MOCAH and the Art of Culture, this dynamic group of women is
comprised of talented artists whose mission is to use creativity to empower others. They
are donating half of the proceeds from the sale of their artwork at the event to the youth
based art programs of MOCAH.
Reginald Adams, founder of MOCAH said, “The Queens of Creativity have recognized
the need for more youth in urban communities to have access and exposure to the arts.
This needs is amplified as our public schools are faced with drastic funding shortfalls
which impact how the arts are reduced or eliminated in our schools.”
The exhibiting artists include MOCAH Co-Founder, Rhonda Radford Adams, Laneya
Jacob, Sam Turner, Cherry Meekins, and Elisabet Gonzalez-Barranco. These women
are also the original members of the Queens of Creativity and are each uniquely artistic,
eclectic and inspired by the goal in mind to support the community through the arts. The
QOC strive to become a global alliance of creative professionals that use art to support
outreach, community service, and professional development.
“This is an amazingly creative group of artists whose work brings awareness to issues
that affect our society as a whole,” said Branden Morris, Director of the Art of Culture.
The event sponsors are Bud Light and Dripping Springs Pure Texas Vodka. Expected
attendees include art enthusiasts, community leaders, political figures, friends and
board members of MOCAH. For more information about MOCAH visit www.mocah.org.
The event Twitter hashtag is #MOCAHQOC.

About MOCAH
MOCAH is Houston’s leading developer of community based public art and cultural
programming. As a nonprofit art organization we are dedicated to the mission of using
art and creativity as tools for social awareness and community development. We are
committed to engaging the public in the design, development, production and
celebration of site-specific public art projects and programs. We believe that public art
can transform civic spaces into cultural and artistic destinations. Public art is at its best
when the artwork reflects the culture and heritage of the people, communities or spaces
that it serves. MOCAH is putting the public back into public art.

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"The Art of Pride" ( 0 )


BETZ ART GALLERY PRESENTS

FUNDRAISING EVENT for AIDS FOUNDATION HOUSTON

"THE ART OF PRIDE", JUNE 16th, 6-9PM.

 


An Exhibition of local LGBT Artists and Supporters in conjunction with
Houston's PRIDE Celebration.

As June ushers in the summer season and Houston celebrates LGBT PRIDE.
June 18th - 25th with a variety of events, BETZ ART GALLERY, located at 1208 West Gray in Houston's Montrose district, is the place to be when LGBT Artists come together to present an art exhibition entitled "THE ART OF PRIDE."

The juried exhibition, which opens on June 16th with a public reception on June 16th, from 6pm until 9pm, includes a variety of contemporary, abstract and figurative mixed media works by local artists.

CHRISTOPHER  BACHERS

MICHELL HUFF

AIKE JAMAL

RANDALL JOBE

JOHNATHAN LOPEZ

DUANE NOWELL

MAXZANDAU

The reception starts promptly at 6pm with great   music from DJ Tad Dvorak and entertainment from the F Bar "Dreamgirls" and "Houston's newest musical venue, MUSIC BOX THEATRE" .

Gallery owner Lori Betz says, "We are pleased to present a second LGBT event. Last June's fundraiser for Bayou City Performing Arts was a huge success. We are committed to welcoming patrons and artists from all walks of life and offering incredible art at exceptionally reasonable costs."

"THE ART OF PRIDE" is sponsored by Enchanted Rock Vodka, El Tiempo Cantina and F Bar and offers complimentary refreshments and door prizes. Proceeds from the event, including a portion of Artist's sales, will be donated to AIDS Foundation Houston.



 

"Twelve By Twelve Show" ( 0 )

Betz Art Gallery Presents the “Twelve by Twelve Show” 2011



     What happens when you give artists a small format and tell them to create anything that they can concieve ?  You get an amazing collection of art work, litterally hundreds of works of art in every medium, color, style. Art patrons wait all year for the return of the “Twelve by Twelve Show”  

The “ Twelve by Twelve Show” is an exhibition of art work in a 12 inch by 12 inch format, and amazing things come in small packages.  Paintings so life like the images seem to lift of the canvas. Everything from vibrant abstracts by popular artists to small sculptures.


Betz Art Gallery, located in the Montrose section of Houston is the place to be on November 30th from 6pm-9pm for the opening reception of "The Twelve by Twelve Show" international juried exhibition to be
held from November 12, 2011, through December 1st , 2011.


 The opening reception for "The Twelve by Twelve Show" will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2011 so come and meet the artists. "Best of Show" awards will be judged by Jenni Rebecca Stephenson of spacetaker.org

Winners of the "Twelve by Twelve" Show are
"Best of Show"- Justin Dunford for "W.S.O."
Second Place- Troy Winscott for " Circus Girl"
Third Place- K. Henderson for " Flight of Fancy"
Honorable Mention-
Marlo Saucedo for " Muse"
Anita Nelson for "Not a Bird Bath"
Kyle Wright for " Untitled #2"

Curated by Karen Keeline, artist and gallerist.                                              Refreshments By:

Participating artists are:

Randall Jobe

Larry Sweich

Carol Watson

Taft McWhorten

Annette Palmer

Francie Baltazara

Kermit Eisenhut

Rod Ban

Frances Gonsoulin

Matt Rodgers

Jill rauchau

Joyce Dorn

Mike Bloom

David Blackwell

Lori Betz

Jason Jefferies

R.J.Pena

Bonnie Blue

Linda Hardy

Beverly Fritsch

Richard Eastman

Wade Grimes

Maxx Xandau

Troy Jullien

Barbara Harmer

Judy Dekan

Caroline Marcos

Dannye Jones

Tracey Bautista

Hope Wilmarth

Peter Janecke

Anita Nelson

Dinne Griebs

Scott Chui

Sue Donaldson

Albert Nash

Bob Shepherd

George Bibb

Cara Cansler

Lindsay Peyton

Justin Dunford

Shannon Steele

K. Henderson

Joy Beckler

Kyle Wright

Karen keeline

Ann Mcbride

Lori Miglioretti

Ron Gordon

Sergio Santos

George Bibb

Leeanne Domangue

Susan Rutledge

Margo Green

Jonatan Lopez

Lexi Perlaky

Ann Curtis

Corbett Kimball

Victoria Martinez

Laszlo Perlaky

Eileen McClellan

John Manes

Tamara McWhorten

Samantha McWhorten

Ron Masters

Ed Alba

Brenda Kerwin

Ann Curtis

Corbett Kimball

Victoria Martinez

Trish Klenow

Troy Winscott

Joy Beckler-Wren

Cynthia Babbitt

Margit Gergely

Darlene Besier

Susan Pena

Marlo Saucedo

Ann Armstrong

Eileen McClellen

About Betz Gallery ( 4 )

Betz Art Gallery, nestled in the heart of Houston, offered outstanding art exhibits for close to 15 years, and has earned critical acclaim as an art studio and gallery, making it a real Houston treasure. In 2013 Lori Betz moved the showroom and studio to the Summer Street Warehouse in the Houston Arts District at 2500 Summer St., Houston, Texas 77007

Each month, new and innovative exhibits are held, which help showcase local artists as well as some more prominent international artists. The Betz Art Foundry and Gallery holds its  Art Walks on the second saturday of each month and showcases many local and international artists. Art lovers can visit three large warehouses on the second saturday of each month and see hundreds of artists open studios.

Through the years, Betz Art Gallery and now Betz Art Foundry and Gallelry, has been a great source of fine art in Houston. With a diverse selection of artwork, ranging from contemporary to traditional, the Gallery offers multiple sizes and price ranges to the interior designer, art consultant, and the art lover alike. There is honestly something for everyone. The art offered by the gallery is featured in highly visible locations throughout Houston. Many of these locations are the finest hospitality, health care, corporate, and residential properties in the city.

The gallery offers a full complement of services as well, which include:

Art consulting
Art Installation
Commission of Original Artwork
Custom painted Ameiliore Giclees

And featuring:

Oil Painting
Acrylic Paintings
Abstract Art
Figurative Art
Landscape Paintings
Bronze Sculptures
Metal Sculptures
Artistic Jewelry
Ceramics
Custom Framing

Gallery owner and artist Lori Betz has over 25 years experience to make sure each visitor is amazed and delighted with results. “Our works of art will impress clients, and enhance properties. With each piece of art, we strive to maintain our reputation as a premier art studio and gallery in Houston,” Betz said. She continued, “For a decade we have successfully served the needs of the interior designers, galleries, and art consultants. Each year, our talented group of artists create extraordinary collections of original works of art in an array of styles and mediums.”
Betz, herself an accomplished artist, has pieces as far away as the Shigaraki Cultural Institute in Japan, but also has a large bronze which was commissioned by the city of Pearland, TX, and a painting in the Cultural Art Museum of Houston.
She has studied under artist Alan Bain in Procopia, Greece and Alex Deya in Cortona, Italy, as well as famous artists Paul Soldner in Anderson, Colorado. In addition she has numerous grants and honors that span the globe.

"If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams....."  Yann Martel

The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 3pm.

About Lori Betz ( 3 )

 

Meet Lori Betz

 

I began my study of art at the age of eight with art lessons in pastel.  I loved sketching and exploring color, even at a young age I could reproduce any image almost perfectly. When I was in high school a wonderful art teacher introduced me to sculpture and it felt like a natural progression to pursue the discipline. I have studied with as many different instructors from all over the world as possible so that I can learn  something unique from each of them. A few instructors I have studied with would include artist Alan Bain in Procopia , Greece and in Cortona, Italy with artist Alex Deya and  I was fortunate enough to have studied raku with the famous artist, Paul Soldner, in Anderson, Colorado.  I spent a year in Japan at the Shigaraki Cultural Institute as an artist in residence and one of my pieces is part of their permanent collection. I came back to the United States to pursue a masters degree in studio art but part way through I decided that institutionalized study could only take me so far and I decided to open my own gallery and to immerse myself in the process.  Betz Art Gallery was located in the heart of Houston and was a successful gallery for 15yrs until I moved my showroom and studio over into the Arts District near downtown Houston

The Betz Art Foundry is located at 23614 Hickory Drive, in Porter Texas. The studio and showroom can be visited by appointment and visitors can see artists creating art work live and also view the latest exhibitions on display. Patrons can also visit the art foundry to ask about possible commission work. Call 713-576-6954 for appointments or email lori@betzartfoundry.com

Every year I participate in several group and solo exhibitions and my work has been included in many public and private collections. Join our email to find out up coming art walks and exhibitions. click here

Abstract Paintings ( 4 )

Abstract paintings continue to grow in popularity, yet they have a long history that dates back to ancient civilizations.   As the evolution of the abstract continues today, it can be argued that early paintings that lacked a visual reference could be classified as such.


By definition, an abstract painting uses form, color and line, but lacks a visual reference or marker to help define what the painting is about, leaving it open to interpretation.  Conversely, from the Renaissance though the 19th century impressionist movement; art had a frame of references and captured scenes and events. Everything was more figurative in nature. 


This type art and shift was primarily based in Europe. Other cultures were already experimenting with nonfigurative art, but it took through the end of the 19th century for artists to begin looking for alternative ways to express themselves through their art.  The Impressionist movement came to personify this shift from a nonfigurative, nonrepresentational, and non-objective form of art. This also became a move away from what a reality is.


Abstract paintings can be slight variations on reality, what is really seen, or they can be as most people think of them, a total rejection of reality. The changes can be in color, to try and convey a message. It can be in form, which holds no geometric reference to what is really being depicted.  Most modern day works of this nature are total, meaning they bear no resemblance to anything the viewer can visually identify with. Geometric abstracts for the most part are considered total abstracts.


Although early in the 21st century, abstracts continue to evolve, and with the advent of computer and digital art, it adds more dimension to the abstraction process.  The modern abstract paintings also continue to be more contemplative in nature. Oddly however, there is no consensus among artists in the modern age.  The prevailing attitude is there are no fences, no boundaries, and anything goes in the modern age. The beginning of the 21st century has been jam packed with art, which allows the consumer to take their pick and be the art critic.


Maybe there is an irony within this. Abstract intrinsically means to lack form and a reference for reality. It seems very appropriate to apply that to the 21st century, because in the past there was a consensus among artists and there were people doing the same type thing. The Wild West approach to the early 21st century seems to appropriately fit ever-growing popularity of the abstract painting. The modern day movement itself is abstract in nature, and almost defines putting labels on it.  Figurative art does try to re-emerge, as seen in the pop art of the 1950’s, but the battle between the two art styles always seems to be won by the abstract art, where as it leaves a wide open playing field for the artist to convey and offer as their perspective on how they see the world.


The list of artists that do abstracts continues to grow, and it is now one of the more sought after forms of art. It offers more style, color and less structure, allowing it to fit into any décor scene.

 

Allen Brother Sculptures ( 0 )

Allen Brother Sculptures installed in front of City Hall Downtown Houston, Texas

By Artist Lori Betz

 

Founders' statues are 76 years in the making after budget cuts in '39. Artist Lori Betz was chosen to create the founding fathers of the city of Houston.  Betz sought to include details that viewers might find interesting as well as historically accurate. For instance, Augustus Allen is holding in hand surveying tools from the 1830's , which is the time period that the two brothers lived in and founded Houston. She also did research on each of the brothers to find out details about their personalities to use in how she represented them.  Augustus Allen was a surveyor so he is dressed in tall boots because Houston would have been muddy back then.  Where as his brother Kirby Allen was more the salesman and he is holding a map of the future city and also dressed in more formal attire. Both sculptures have the seal of Texas carved into their buttons and since Houston was once called the magnolia city, Kirby Allen has a magnolia flower carved into his watch fob.


It's this attention to detail that makes artist Lori Betz's work so wonderful and a great asset to the city of Houston. Creating Public works of art is what I love to do and commission work is the bulk of my business.

  Austus Allen is life sized and stands on the left of the doors to City Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirby Allen stands to the right of the doors to City Hall

Andy Thomas ( 1 )

At one time, artistry was something that Andy Thomas loved to do but it was not his profession.  He earned a degree in Marketing Management and went on to work in advertising for most of two decades.  Once he made it to the level of Vice President of Marketing Services of a large corporation, he decided to quit and make artistry his one and only occupation and profession. 

His impressive line of works includes woodworking and ink pieces as well as charcoal pieces.  He also has done some sculptures.  Because he has a great fondness for history, many of his paintings and pieces are based on historical places with special emphasis with those that were involved in the Civil War. 

Andy Thomas maintains a home studio and work shop.  In 1996 there was an explosion in his work shop and the result was massive injury to both of his hands.  He tried to hurry the healing process and further injured his right hand.  This, however, did not stop him.  He went on to paint a very famous painting of the battle at Little Big Horn using primarily his still healing left hand. 

Andy Thomas has done unique paintings of United States Presidents as well.  These depict many different U.S. Presidents from many different time periods all together around the table playing cards.  While many of these people were born generations apart, the depictions are so realistic that one might be led to believe that the painting was of an actual event that took place rather than a fictional story that is being told through the eyes of Andy Thomas. 

That is this artist’s main emphasis which is to tell a story with each and every painting that he offers to the art connoisseurs that gather to view his work or to purchase it.  He has said that whether the scene that is being presented is an actual event, a historical moment or a fictional figure, it still has to tell a story to the person who is viewing it.  As one gazes at the paintings that he has offered of the Wild West and the historical places that were significant during the Civil War, they cannot help but begin to hear a silent story being told from the brush strokes that were placed on the canvas. 

Andy Thomas found a great marriage in history and art.  His interest in history and his love of artistry merged together nicely to give him an outlet to create beauty to share with the many passionate followers that love his work.  His attempt at story telling is very authentic, and he gives new meaning to the thought that a picture is worth more than a thousand words.  The story that each person takes away from one of his paintings is as unique and differential as the interpretation that each person takes away from reading the same book as others.  He paints his story and then offers it to be interpreted and enjoyed by everyone who can read between the brush strokes.

Andy Warhol ( 1 )

Andy Warhol was a key element to the birth of the pop art movement.  From his well known and even scandalous paintings to his sculptures and films, this “Pope of Pop” as he was often called, lived an eventful life until his untimely death.  The successes of Andy Warhol are immense with many of his works of art highly sought after even to this day.

Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1928, he was the fourth child for his Russian immigrant parents.  His social label as being an outsider began at an early age when he developed chorea during the 3rd grade due to complications from scarlet fever.  He was frequently confined to bed, which allowed his artistic abilities to take flight.  He began to familiarize himself with various artistic mediums including radio, movies, and drawing.  His early creativity and talents continued to expand as he studied at the Carnegie Institute and later graduated with a degree in pictorial design from what is now known as Carnegie Melon University.  He relocated to New York City soon after to launch what would be a long, successful career.

The 1950’s and 1960’s proved to be pivotal to the career of Andy Warhol.  Over the course of his artistic life, he gained fame through a wide array of outlets.  During these years, he tried his hand at painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film making, and even writing.  The true beginning of his career began with his unusual ink blot drawings that were ultimately used for commercial advertising.  He used this style of painting in a large portion of his early artwork, which was mainly inspired by the cartoon media.  During the 1950’s, he launched himself into the exhibition world in both New York City and Los Angeles.  On display were many of his pop art pieces at the time including 100 Soup Cans, 100 Coke Bottles, and the beginnings of his many celebrity inspired paintings such as those of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor.  While his shows were widely popular, his art became the center of much controversy due to his focus on consumerism.  His work had a great impact on the future of pop culture as well as the art world, which was evident in the flourishing business he received at his own studio, “The Factory”.  His popularity led to many other artistic opportunities including the designing of various album covers for such highly visible artists as the Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, and years later for Michael Jackson’s Thriller album.

This period of his life was a time of many other artistic ventures as well.  In the early 1950’s, he began to write and ultimately self-publish numerous books and compilations of his artwork.  During the mid to late 1960’s, Andy Warhol became an extremely productive filmmaker.  His work included hundreds of black and white shorts as well as over sixty films including Sleep and Chelsea Girls.  This artistic legend took on the music world by managing and producing the band Velvet Underground.  His creative works of art later gave artistic influence to such musical talents as David Bowie and Devo.  Additionally, he gained fame for numerous sculptures, including many made out of grocery store cartons.

From an early age until his unfortunate death in early 1987, Andy Warhol made his mark in many aspects of the art world as well as pop culture.  This remains evident through the continued popularity in his work and the foundation for the Visual Arts that his estate created.

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ART CONSULTING

We promise to bring your project in on budget and give you excellent customer service.

Betz Gallery works with your interior designer, architect, art consultant, or facility manager to evaluate and create a plan to meet your project's art needs. We work with both residential projects and large scale corporate environments. 

Betz Gallery has established a variety of contacts and resources that allow us to satisfy a varied spectrum of client purposes and aesthetics. We partner with galleries in cities across the country, art brokers across the globe, as well as freelance artists in the city of Houston. Betz Art Gallery also represents and develops the careers of 10 in-house artists and has contacts with numerous artists world wide .

Our purpose is to determine your environmental and personal goals and help you establish an art installation program that best fits your requirements, time considerations and budget. We will find for you excellent quality work and save you money on your project.

HAVE YOUR EVENT IN AN ART GALLERY       

At Betz Art Gallery, we pride ourselves in helping you create the perfect memorable event. Our staff will partner with your caterer, event planner and other vendors to help you create your perfect event.  We also offer full-service packages.
The spacious gallery and courtyard is an ideal location  for you to host your event, with gallery space that can accommodate 50 - 200 guests. The artwork displayed in the gallery will make great conversation pieces for you and your guest. 
                                                                                                                                                                  
Betz Art Gallery has the experience and talent to assist in specialty projects designed to enhance an environment's functional aesthetic. Betz Gallery is positioned as a complete source and solution for aesthetic and specialty art projects designed to establish a complete and cohesive aesthetic for your organization. These projects include the installation of marketing display walls, lobby displays, and installations, photography printing, framing and installation, indoor and outdoor sculpture, light boxes as well as Multi Family/Hospitality art specific projects. 

Please call Lori at 888-755-0515 or email lori@betzgallery.com

with a brief description of your project to schedule a consultation at the gallery or on site. We are here to assist you.

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Giclee to be generally scrutinized in the art community.  Over time the method and definition became more accepted in spite of artists who still had their minds wrapped around the IRIS printing method. With these disagreements developing over time, the Giclee Printers Association was created in 2001. The GPA had nine standards to be met by its members in order to avoid confusion on what a true Giclee was. Quickly finding that not all artists could meet the standards, the GPA then created a lower form of standards, which applied to true decor.
 
Although art on metal has been around for some time now, it still has some artists reluctant to the idea. Some feel the process might not give the picture the desired value, or that the final print will not capture the creator's original work. Some artists think that the final print will have shade alterations and that it will take away from the intended feel that an illustrator wishes to project. Other artists that are more accepting of this process think that the method will give a certain edge and actually enhance their work.  The use of the metal can bring another dimension to certain works of art and actually enhance them, creating a whole new form.  When used with the right piece, this form can add luminosity and volume. It can highlight and add depth to areas in the painting or photograph that would otherwise look flat.  It is also very durable and can even be hung outdoors on patios or walls and will not weather, adding a nice addition to an outdoor kitchen or garden wall.

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"CLEAR OUT YOUR STUDIO ART SALE"

OPEN UNTIL DEC 22ND    WED     FINAL DAY WE WILL BE OPEN IN 2010

THERE WILL BE GIVE A WAYS and GOODY BAGS FROM KUHF RADIO 88.7,  HOLIDAY TREATS AND AMAZING DEALS


I also want to  "THANK" everyone for their support this past year.  We had a great year, even in this economy. 
We managed to also give back to our community in many ways, like hosting the OSITO FOUNDATIONS' teddy bear art auction for sick children and raising money at the ART WALK AND SCAVENGER HUNT  to buy art supplies for the childrens art class at the HOUSTON AREA WOMENS' CENTER. Just to name a few

We could not have done any of this with out you. 

By supporting your local artists you are also supporting your local
community and helping to make this a better world.

"If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our  imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in  
nothing and having worthless dreams."
 - YAN MARTEL

 


"The Event"

  The collaboration unveiling between John Palmer and Randall Jobe 

CLOSING DEC 22 ND

Dont Miss It!

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Art sculpture has become a mainframe in public places and in homes throughout the world with each piece being carefully crafted by its creator.  Purchasing a piece of art sculpture is done, many times, by the heart rather than by the mind.  This is how this type of art attracts people to it.  It is often constructed by the creator with emotion and therefore, one is drawn to it by the heart.

There are so many pieces of art sculpture around that many times it gets looked past or even taken for granted.  Some pieces are abstract, where the subject is simplified, and it is not an actual representation of something in nature.  Many times the subject is altered or distorted.  Some pieces are considered to be nonobjective.  This means that the artist didn't use any subject in nature, and they are done purely from ideas.  They create using lines, colors, textures, and spatial relations.  Others are considered to be installation.  This type of piece is not a piece that can be transferred or moved in most cases.  It is specifically designed for that particular space or location.  Most often, it includes an assortment of mediums such as sound, video, water, or lights.  These are just a few examples of different types of art sculpture.

To define an art sculpture would be to define the word sculpture itself.  Many times it can feel like an overused word and that it represents so many things.  That would be because it does.  A true definition of the word is a three-dimensional piece of art work that is created by shaping a singular or multiple mediums.  These can be, quite literally, anything that can be shaped or molded.  They may be clay, plastic, soft metals, ice, or sand to list a few.  The definition may seem broad, but it encompasses many different types of sculpture work.

This is an extremely expressive type of work as well.  Many artists enjoy doing this type of work because it can really be interpreted by the people who view it.  The creators of these pieces have their own ideas of how it should look or be represented and viewed.  But really, their true intent is to draw people in and make them think about the piece.  Some of the most inspiring pieces are ones that would be considered installation pieces.  They are there to transport people into another realm so to speak.

What is so amazing and wonderful about this type of work is that one doesn't have to be an expert to gain something from these pieces.  They can be viewed and enjoyed by even a layperson.  Probably a great example of that is the “LOVE” sculpture.  It is made from cor-ten steel.  It has been on exhibit since 1970 in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Versions of it are also on display in New York City, Scottsdale's Civic Center,”LOVE Park” in Philadelphia, as well as dozens of other places throughout the United States and the world.  It is also done in other languages like Hebrew and Italian.  This is a great example because each person that views this piece will come away with a different feeling or a different emotion.  Each individual has their own definition of love.  This piece doesn't try to define the word.  It just makes us think, as most pieces do.

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THE ARTISTS OF EAST MONTROSE  Art Walk and Home Tour

At Betz ARt Gallery  The studio of artist Lori Betz will be open for art enthusiasts to view works in progress. Artist Lori Betz is currently working on sculptures of the dancers of the Dominci Walsh Dance Theatre. You can view the sculptures in progress and also visit the artists in the main gallery

 



Art Walk
Saturday, April 16 from 10 to 4
In conjunction with the East Montrose Home Tour

1   •  Betz Art Gallery
1208 W. Gray  /  Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Sculpture, Jewelry 

Gallery owner and artist Lori Betz’s art gallery and studio will feature her current Sculptures of dancers from the Dominic Walsh Dance Studio.
www.betzgallery.com   888-755-0515

2  •  Constance Braden & Mike Reed
920 Damon Court / Charcoal drawings, Furniture   •   Large charcoal drawings by Constance taken from dreams, fairy tales and religious imagery. New sculpture from Mike.
 
3   •  Anderson Fair
2007 Grant at Welch  /  Music, Refreshment / Cookie Wells Art
•  This historic Houston music landmark is one of the oldest folk/original music venues in continuous operation in the United States.  Open today with an exhibit of art by Cookie Wells... a master of the aqua media. Inside and outside seating for those who need a rest.  Take a break and enjoy the heart of our neighborhood.   

 
4   •  Welch Street Studio
915 Welch  /  Sculpture / Paintings / Stuff  •  Gerida Brown opens up her historic Montrose corner studio to exhibit her paintings and sculpture.
•   Dr. Bruce joins Gerida with torsos and stuff!

5   •  Joan Son
904 Welch  /  Paper Art, Origami, Jewelry, Gifts  •  With her first exhibit in the windows of Tiffany & Co. and a current exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Joan opens her Montrose studio with her artist friends:
Lee Benner, metal art / Nanci Engle, quotable cards / Marguerite Belkin, origami jewelry / Kay Nguyen, ceramics / Jan VanLiere, body butter.
 
 
6   • Gloria and Richard Stamper
1904 Whitney  /  Art Photography  •
The artist's personal art gallery, featuing portraits, wedding mages and landscapes will be on display in her charming 1920's home/studio. Richard will have cacti and succulents for sale. His extensive collection of plants will also be available for viewing.

7   •  Penny Cerling
419 Willard  /  Drawings, Printmaking
•  Penny is known for her pen and ink drawings, as well as her collaborative work in printmaking with many Texas artists. Work she has done, her own or in collaboration with other artists, is in many museum
collections.
 

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It can be argued that at the core of all art is the artist. It is their eye and interpretation that has driven the evolution of art.  From its earliest form of cave drawings to the pop art and postmodern periods, there are many artists that have helped mold and form the period.

From the early days of the Paleolithic period, cave drawings were the first recorded art form. These early artists were unaccredited. The same held true for most early art forms including the Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Greeks, Romans and even Chinese concentrated more on figures, as well as the humanizing of their deities.

 As art evolved through time, before the artists came to the forefront, spirituality and a way to convey the Word of God was frequently the subject of most art, up until the early 1300’s, where the Italians started to lead the way.   They added perspective and depth to their works of art. But in 1430 there was a major event for artists, the invention of oil paints.  By 1490, Leonardo Di Vinci’s “Last Supper” and “Vitruvian Man” became prominent works from this period, with Di Vinci still considered a master. Additionally the advent of the printing press also provided another turning point in art history.

By the 1500’s well known artists like Michelangelo Buonarroti not only were known for statue work but also works such as the “Creation of Adam” in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Di Vinci also created his famous work “Mona Lisa”. This period, The Renaissance, is a well-known period which highlighted many famous artists.

The 1600-1700’s ushered in the Baroque period and saw a shift from the Italian artists to those of French and Dutch Painters such as Rembrandt, among others.

The invention of photography in the 1800’s helped change the face of art.  Edgar Degas portraiture “The Bellelli Family” features the more realistic feature of a photograph. Masters such as Edouard Manet embraced realism, which started the impressionist movement with Claude Monet and Renior.

The post Impressionism period saw the immergence of Vincent Van Gogh who took the work of the impressionist to a new level. Other contemporaries include Paul Gauguin, among others.

In the early 1900’s cubism gained favor, and it saw the immergence of Pablo Picasso, and this changed the way art was viewed. Picasso was considered the master of cubism. Surrealism came into favor in the 1930’s with Spanish notable Salvador Dali defining the style. Additionally, expressionism also gained favor with Wassily Kandinsky, who later went on to refine the new art form of abstract art with his painting “Landscape”. Kandinsky is considered the father of abstract art by many.  Jackson Pollack rose to prominence in the late 1940’s and blended Abstract art and Expressionism with his famous “Full Fathom Five”

Since the 1960’s, artist have been far less restricted.  Andy Warhol is a prime example of the pop art movement. Contemporaries such as Felix Mas, G. Harvey and Thomas Kinkade have gained notoriety with their use of light and color. 

The evolution of art continues and can be directly related to the artists themselves not only throughout history but in the modern era as well.

 

 

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Betz Art Foundry Grand Opening

April 14th 6pm-9pm

 

Houston sculptor Lori Betz has partnered with foundry master Miguel Macias to open Betz Art Foundry in a newly refurbished warehouse at Summer Street Studios, brother to Winter and Spring Street Studios.

The foundry will offer mold making, lost wax casting, bronze patination or distressing and project consultation. Macias has more than 25 years experience in foundry services and Betz is a practicing sculptor and owner of esteemed Betz Art Gallery. With their combined expertise, clients of Betz Art Foundry can expect top notch customer service and quality work.

“I wanted to start a foundry that I would choose to go to for my work—one with excellent quality services at a fair and reasonable price,” Betz said.

To celebrate its opening, Betz and Macias are hosting a reception, open to the public, at the foundry’s 2500 Summer Street location. Betz’s bronze sculptures will be on display in the foundry showroom from 6pm-9pm

For more information

www.betzartfoundry.com

ALSO AT SUMMER STREET WAREHOUSE APRIL 14 COME FOR BETZ ART FOUNDRY GRAND OPENING AND STAY FOR

 

The Artists at Summer Street Studios present:

Summer Street Arts Festival!

Saturday April 14th, 2012
@
Summer Street Art Studios
2500 Summer St.
Houston Texas 77007

starts at 7pm

Admission: $10

1st floor Art Market
2nd floor Fashion Show
various open studios throughout the building
random art performances
complimentary drinks

One Night Only!!
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Featuring:

FASHION SHOWS (2nd floor-starts at 9pm)

designs by:

Freddie Barrett Designs
www.freddiebarrett.com

Serena Hightower aka Dr. Fred!

Aimee Jones
www.feelbetterforeveraimeejones.com

Jason Villegas
www.jasonvillegas.com

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Art installations by:

Rene Cruz
www.renecruz.org

ILYB
www.iloveyoubaby.org

Mindy Kober
www.flickr.com/people/mindy_kober/

Raiko "Esto" Nin

DECK WGF

Live Screen Printing by Donkey Paw Screen Printing

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music by:

Perseph One
www.myspace.com/perseph1

sissy.

The Boulevard Nights
www.facebook.com/TheBoulevardNights

2Pat Perez

John "Insert Credits" Saenz

plus more to be announced!

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art performances:

Adult Puppet Show by KJPT

"Lazer lights on the big heads!" by Robert Bluntsworth

Body painting by W3R3 ON3 & JERK

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1st Floor Art Market (1st floor-more tba)


For Arts Market booth info email or call:

skeez181@me.com
281.795.7397
 

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Brian Ellison   Opening Recepton  May 7th 6pm-9pm    

Pluto Lenz to Raise Funds for Underdeveloped African Community at Official Artist Debut

 


Brian Ellison of Pluto Lenz to Debut his Photography Collection at Betz Gallery in Houston’s River Oaks Area

Houston, TX, April 28, 2011
- On Saturday, May 7th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Houston-based photography company, Pluto Lenz will host a fundraiser and artist debut at Betz Gallery located at 1208 W. Gray. A portion of the proceeds (25%) will go to the Ode Remo Compound in Ogun State, Nigeria, where the residents have lack of sufficient electricity and are seeking funds to purchase more generators to help meet their health and wellness needs of the growing community.

Brian Ellison, the founder of Pluto Lenz was able to experience the Ode Remo Compound in January of this year, and returned to the U.S. with a greater sense of obligation to raise awareness while capturing the natural beauty of the Nigerian people.

“The experience added to my fine appreciation of culture,” said Ellison. “We lived among the people and I was able to capture rare and authentic moments.”

By day, Brian is a teacher for the Council of Drug and Alcohol Prevention where he implements  research-based prevention programs for effective drug prevention strategies that are designed to change behavior, increase awareness and empower children and young adults. He said that his childhood experiences taught him to be resilient and he hopes to influence his students and children worldwide to push through and overcome obstacles. His company, Pluto Lenz was inspired by his desire for others to actually see the world from his perspective.

“Brian’s work is abstract, candid and compelling,” said  Crystal Walter, international social worker and founder of Crystal Clear Communal Concepts and Consulting, Inc. “His work is a gift to all who have the opportunity to experience it.”

The event is free and open to the public. Expected attendees include art enthusiasts, young professionals and all who have an appreciation of culture and the authentic. Complimentary wine will be served and food will be provided by The Ultimate Flavour. 

 

               Brian Ellison is a photographer, philanthropist and abstract artist. Growing up in Tulsa, OK Brian always had a interest in creative expression through poetry, music, painting, and photography. He received his Bachelors of Arts at Morgan state University in Baltimore, MD with a football scholarship, however, he always had a strong desire to work in the arts.


 
Brian believes there is no limit when it comes to self-expression and describes his brand as "RAW." He has a strong appreciation for the simple things in life. Brian likes to capture natural reactions, such as smiles, laughter, and emotions in its purest form within the realms of polarities and the abstract when shooting photos.
 
When Brian's not in class pursuing his Masters Degree in Counseling at Prairie View A&M University or snapping pictures.

Bronze Casting ( 1 )

Bronze casting is an ancient form of art creation.  First used with the formation of clay molds, bronze casting quickly became a vital part of culture and warfare.

Foundries have used this method of producing weapons, tools, and art sculptures for thousands of years.  When it was first discovered, it revolutionized the world.  The primary component of this metal alloy is copper.  It is often mixed with tin.  Other metals are also occasionally used in the alloy.  These combinations with copper produce a hard, brittle substance.  It is suitable for creating durable, accurately shaped pieces of artwork. 

 

The process for bronze casting is based on a principle of melting points.  Originally, the “lost wax” method was used with tremendous success in the Middle East.  In this method, a wax figure is formed.  Wax is very easy to sculpt, and therefore, makes a wonderful medium for creating intricate pieces of work.  The wax is then covered in clay and left to harden.  When the clay is cooked in a fire, the wax melts and seeps out of the mold, leaving behind a clay cast in which the metal alloy can be formed.  The alloy is melted into liquid form and then poured into the waiting clay.  Once inside, the bronze begins to cool and harden.  In this process, it expands just before it completes it's cooling process. This alloy's unique quality of expanding prior to setting allows it to fill each crevice of the mold.  By doing this, the metal is able to pick up minute impressions and details from the mold with amazing clarity.  Because of this quality, pieces are created in this manner that have exquisite decorative artwork on the exterior.  Vessels used for ritual ceremonies have been found from ancient Chinese cultures.  On another continent, the Egyptians used the same idea to create intricate miniature statues that have survived to this day.

 

These pieces of art pass down valuable information through the generations about practices in religion and social networks.  They give indications of which cultures influenced each other and in what areas of life that impact was most greatly felt.  For instance, finding artifacts created with this same technology and decorated with similar designs in vary different parts of the world let archeologists know that those societies had contact, shared information, and maybe even technology.

 

However, many lovely works of art created by bronze casting have not continued into the present day because of the value of this alloy for other purposes.  It is greatly valued for tools and weaponry. 

 

Today, these incredible representatives of technological advancement from the ancient world are created in a slightly more complicated method.  A process involving rubber molds, wax positive, sprung & grating, investing, pouring, and divesting is used to create these metal alloys.  A final step, Patina, has been added along the years.  It involves using chemicals to alter the color and look of the metal alloy.  This spectacular finish gives the end product a very different look from its ancient counterparts.

 

Still beautiful, bronze casting represents a significant portion of sculpturing today.  It's durability and flexibility for use have ensured its continuance for thousands of year and will continue to make it valuable well into the future

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Both natural and man-made bronze patinas are added to sculpture art of any size to create a unique effect and overall appearance. There are a variety of types as well as colors to choose from depending on the desired outcome. When applied by a professional artist experienced in this technique bronze patinas can customize any such art piece.

Originating from the Latin word for “shallow dish”, this finish refers to the exterior shade on metal. The copper within the bronze responds chemically or through oxidation to ultimately alter the original color. This can be achieved naturally as well as through a specialized process. There is evidence of this technique being practiced as early as the 1800’s. When untreated this type of metal is gold in color, despite the changes that may be viewed over time. The original shade changes when exposed to various environmental factors such as weather and skin contact. In this case, bronze patinas are generally in a green range and are commonly referred to as verdigris. It is made up of basic carbonates, sulphides, and chlorides. A prime case of a natural alteration is on the Statue of Liberty. From years of exposure to temperature change and the surrounding water the surface has taken on a green tone.

Many artists choose to create a forced change to the metal’s surface. This may be done to achieve a specific color or texture as well as to give it a distressed appearance. To achieve the best possible effect through this process the piece should contain a minimum of 90% copper. Each chemical option will have a different response when in contact with the metal. Chlorides such as cupric nitrate tend to leave a green tone while liver of sulfur results in some shade of brown. Ferric nitrate will provide a red or mustard-like color and ammonium sulfide leaves a darker black or blue surface. Additional shades can be created with the use of pigments that are mixed with the chemicals prior to application. Some artists will apply bronze patinas through hot or cold methods. Cold application utilizes more potent chemicals and can take longer to affect the appearance. It is commonly used to make minor repairs or color adjustments. On the other hand, the hot technique creates a quicker change to the surface and can be highly manipulated by the artist for more customized work.

More specifically hot patinas are put on through an intricate process performed by an experienced artist. The metal is heated to at least 200 degrees at which time the chemicals are brushed or sprayed on to cover the piece entirely. Depending on the desired texture or color, the artist will allow the chemical to react with the metal until it is achieved. The chemical reaction is then stopped by placing the metal under cold water. Prior to complete cooling, the piece is covered in a couple layers of wax to protect the newly altered surface.

Bronze patinas can be found on various pieces from decorative dishes to full scale sculptures. Whether altered naturally over time or influenced by chemicals, the effect is unique to each and every work of art. It can ultimately provide a conversation piece to a home or even a well known centerpiece to an outside landscape.


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September 2016 Events:


"GLADE GALLERY 
      Presents
Bronze In Motion

A collaboration by
LORI BETZ, SCULPTOR and
PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT OF THE JOHN COOPER SCHOOL

Saturday / September 24 / 2016
Reception and cocktails at 6 p.m.
Performance starts at 6.30 p.m.
24 Waterway / The Woodlands / Texas 77380

RSVP to Dragos Tapu / Gallery Owner / 832.557.8781
dragos@gladegallery.com"
 

 

Call To Artists ( 2 )

Images from "Going Big," a ceramics exhibition in conjunction with the 2013 NCECA National Conference.

Betz Gallery

Call for Exhibition Proposals

Betz Gallery, located in Houston, TX, currently seeks exhibition proposals for 2013-2014. 

We encourage artists with innovative concepts, new media, or new approaches to traditional media to submit proposals for solo, group, collaborative, fine craft, or multi-disciplinary exhibitions. 

Selections will be based on originality, vitality, and overall strength of the proposals.  Submitted imagery should reflect the artists’ exhibit proposal, theme, concept, or otherwise illustrate the cohesiveness of their intended body of work.

How to apply:

Applications should be sent through email to lori@betzgallery.com.  Emailed applications require the following:

·         - A curriculum vitae or resume of your artistic accomplishments (maximum 3000 characters with spaces)

·         - A proposal stating the theme of the exhibit (maximum 3000 characters with spaces)

·         - 5 images of artwork for solo shows, and 10 images of artwork for group shows.

·         - A numbered image list with artist’s name, title, media, and year completed.

File formats: please follow these guidelines when submitting applications.

Images should be in JPEG format, with a minimum resolution of 150 dpi.  Images should be labeled with the artist’s last name and the # corresponding to the image list.

Resume, proposal, and image documents must be in DOC, DOCX, or PDF format, and labeled with the artist and document name (for example, Smith_proposal.docx).

Image from the 2012 "Twelve by Twelve Show," Betz Gallery's annual holiday exhibition.

Call To Artists 12x12 Show ( 0 )

 
Betz Art Gallery in Houston announces artist call for the “Twelve by Twelve Show” 2011
 


 

Download PDF Prospectus

Betz Art Gallery, located in the Montrose section of Houston, Texas, is pleased to announced that submissions are now being accepted for "The Twelve by Twelve Show" international juried exhibition to be held from November 12, 2011, through December 1st , 2011.

The “Twelve by Twelve Show” is an exhibition of art work in a 12 inch by 12 inch format.  The art work must be able to hang on the wall and can be  produced in any medium.   Entries are open to both 2-D and 3-D artists.
 

"The Twelve by Twelve Show" is open to all artists, age 18 years or older. The show's prospectus and entry form may be downloaded from the Betz Art Gallery website at www.betzgallery.com <http://www.betzgallery.com/> or fill out and send in the form below . The opening reception for "The Twelve by Twelve Show" will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2011.
 
 CALENDAR
Postmark Deadline for Submissions Nov 5th
Delivery of Accepted Work Nov 8th (10 a.m. – 6 p.m) daily at Betz Art Gallery
November 12th- Show opens Artists Reception: 6pm-9pm
December 1-8th- Pick art work (10 a.m.–6 p.m) daily at Betz Gallery


Artwork can be created with any 2D or 3D media with the exception of film or video. All work must have been completed within the last three years, completed independently of a class or workshop setting, and not derived from any images published by someone other than the artist. Art must be 12 inches by 12 inches. This can be art in any media and format as long as it is not bigger then 12 inches by 12 inches and can hang on a wall with the label on back. Work must be ready to hang with the proper hanger wire or hooks on back. Placement of the selected works will be arranged by the exhibition juror and gallery curators.
 
 

 At the conclusion of the show, artists whose work has been accepted may pick up their art from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 1 through December 8th tuesday-saturday. If the artist is unable to pick up their work by December 8th, 2011, a storage fee of $5.00 per day will be assessed. Artwork not picked up by January 1, 2012, will be donated to a charity auction of Betz Art Gallery's choice.
 

The entry fee is $30.00 for up to three works per artist,$10.00 for additional works of art, payable by check or money order, to Betz Art Gallery.Entry form to Betz Art Gallery, 1208 West Gray, Houston, TX 77006. All work submitted should be for sale. In the event of a sale, 70 percent will be dispersed to the artist, Betz Art Gallery will retain a 30 percent commission.

All work must be submitted for the initial jury review along with the application form on a CD or emailed in .jpg format or via a print on paper, art work submissions can be emailed to lori@betzgallery.com.  Work will be viewed on a standard computer screen, and artists are encouraged to test their disc or jpegs prior to submission. CDs should be labeled with the artist's name and phone number and list the media and title of each work submitted. Files should be no larger than 5 MB and inclusion of a photo hard copy (maximum size of 8.5 inches by 11 inches) of the images being submitted (for verification only) is encouraged. Artists may enter up to three works. Artists should not submit additional materials such as resumes or portfolios.
 

2D work must not exceed 12 inches in width or 12 inches in height, including frame, and must not weigh more than 20 lbs. Gallery-wrap format canvas is acceptable and must be painted on sides in lieu of framing. All framed work must be wired and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers and no glass -- artists should use plexiglass in lieu of glass, if necessary.
 

Betz Art Gallery is located at 1208 W. Gray in the Montrose section of Houston. For more information about the "The Twelve by Twelve Show," Betz Gallery's artists, or future events, contact Lori Betz at 888-755-0515, via e-mail at info@betzgallery.com or by visiting the gallery's website www.betzgallery.com <http://www.betzgallery.com/>  .




“12x12 Show” Betz Art Gallery APPLICATION
You may either mail this in with a check or email this information to lori@betzgallery.com and call with a credit card

Second  Annual Juried Exhibition
November 12 , 2011

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Canvas Art ( 20 )

Canvas art is created on a fabric that is traditionally made from either cotton or linen that is stretched onto a wooden frame for display. The use of this medium has been used for numerous centuries, and is still used by artists today to give their work a more classic or historical visual in order to obtain a sense of eloquent demeanor.

 

Canvas art can be both manufactured and displayed through multiple methods that have been created throughout the decades up until this very day and age. The work can be applied to a medium either by a designer physically creating the image by drawing or painting, or technological innovations can be put into use by inkjet printing an illustration to the desired surface, also known as giclee.

 

The common linen fabric is generally preferred by professional designers due to the materials higher quality and is used more when creating portraits with oil paints. Even though linen has a better quality, cotton is also a commonly used fabric that has more elasticity then linen and is considered an economical alternate. Canvas art in the Renaissance period of history demanded that the medium be properly prepared so that once painted upon, the texture would not show through the work.

 

In order to prevent the canvas texture from showing through the paint, a possibly months-long process of coating the bare canvas with white-lead paint and polishing the surface must be executed. This process was extremely vital to canvas art, and the finished surface no longer had a fabric texture or look. Due to the repetition of this process until the desired polish is achieved, portraits painted upon the surface are given a realistic photographic characteristic. Once an artist begins to paint, the smooth surface allows their brush to glide with ease across the plane without leaving a sign of the paintbrush trail, and to flatten the excess ridges a warmed iron is combined with the wet cotton.

 

The more modern and mechanical making of canvas art  has demanded the use of an inkjet printer for the image production, and two similar yet different methods to do so are called lithograph printing and giclee reproduction. These styles can both use any prepress proof printer to produce a design either onto paper, polyester, flexible aluminum, or even metal sheets, depending on what material the artist wishes to use as a medium for their self-expression. Along with various creation techniques, there are also multiple canvas types that have been made available to artists throughout the world. These include waterproof, dyed, stripe, water-resistant, fire-proof, and printed canvas.

 

As society continues to evolve and invent new creative materials for the public to use, so shall the art community. By taking what economic evolution provides then simply reshaping, rethinking, and reproducing it in a different form, the imagination along with perspective of on-going generations will proceed to expand. Ground breaking illustrations, sculptures, paintings, sketches, and other fine arts shall be displayed throughout the nations in exhibits or simply in the streets as urban designs.

Capricious Curios ( 0 )

Betz Gallery is shaking it up with an exhibit comprised of contemporary artwork of various styles hung salon style.

A hodge-podge of recycled frames will display a variety of affordable original art pieces including fine art prints, photogrpahs and drawings.

“Capricious Curios" will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. The reception is open to the public.

The featured artists include Jessica Jacobi, Justin Dunford, Lindsay Peyton, Anne-Joelle Galley, Lisa Chow, Gina Vasquez, Terry Klumpff and John Gardosik.

The salon style display will add a unique touch to the gallery's usual practice of standrad spaced work. In addiiton, the aesthetic variety of frames will add an eccelctic atmosphere to the gallery's welcoming space.

Carousel Paintings ( 0 )

Some believe that carousel paintings are in direct correlation with the artist's feelings and life experiences.  Others feel it is how the artist perceives the things that are relevant in the news around the world.  An artist's environment can be a crucial factor in the color scheme they choose; whether they know it or not.  If they are surrounded by the joyful laughs of children, their art will usually reflect the emotions that are brought on by watching and listening to those children.  This is probably why most carousel paintings will be depicted as either joy or pain.

This musical ride began as a cavalry training tool somewhere around 500 A.D.  It was used to train and strengthen soldiers on how to wield their swords against mock enemies.  It later began to develop popularity as a replacement for serious jousting during special festivities like royal weddings and state visits.  It never reached its full potential and renowned reputation as a fun ride until the 1860's in America.  Gustav Dentzel of Germany set one up in Philadelphia to test the American market and was met with great success!  This opened up the doors for many European families who were classically trained in the arts to begin their new entrepreneurships to satisfy this newfound audience in America. 

In 1909, Meridian, Mississippi became the home of an original Dentzel two row stationary menagerie.  This functional merry-go-round is the only Dentzel left in the world.  It is located in Highland Park at the Highland Park Dentzel Carousel and Shelter Building.  Between the years of 1984 and 1995, Rosa Ragan of Raleigh, North Carolina had the animals, chariots and various oil pieces restored to their original beauty.  Even the building itself was constructed from a Dentzel blueprint!

Carousel painting, more than 1,500 years of it, has changed many times over.  The earliest known representation of this merry-go-round was found in a bas-relief dated from the Byzantine Empire era during the periods of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.  There are as many artists that have painted these wondrous visions for all to enjoy as there are sculptures.  The playful artist Lennie Hirsh created carousel paintings based on the joys of this childhood carnival ride.  Hirsh used the softness of pastels and the brightness of floral colors to bring forth that wondrous innocence found only in children.  Others, like Amy Sol, use quiet and muted colors to show just how simple life was as a child on their magical merry-go-round ride. 

There is a distinct sense of freedom in Laurie Justus Pace’s ‘Escape of the Carousel’.  Although her use of darker colors may lead the viewer to believe that there is something dark happening, her use of light in the colors of the horse and how she has him galloping lends to an intense feeling of escape.  Her use of the color to emphasize the horses’ posture helps guide the viewer to believe that this horse is running towards freedom.

While most carousel paintings are based in the joys of a child, some artists like Werner Rentsch create pieces that invoke a sense of distressing emotions  His piece, the ‘Carousel Heads’, is dark in color and is characterized by the use of crisp, determined lines.  The emotions that are represented in the horses' faces can be viewed as panic, pain and fear.

Caught Up En Blu ( 0 )

"Caught Up En Blu"



Out of the Blue Expressions’ up and coming Artist, Corey Mukes, invites you to get Caught Up En Blu’ at his 2011 gallery showcase on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 6pm-9pm at BETZ Art Gallery located at 1208 West Gray in Houston, Texas.


Betz Art Gallery has been offering amazing art exhibitions near downtown Houston since 2001 and Caught Up En Blu’ is no exception.  Artist Corey Mukes of Out of the Blue Expressions dazzles with his unique blend of talent, passion and perception expressed on canvas.  This gallery showcase is open to the public and all ages are welcome.


About the Artist
Corey Mukes is a Houston native who has been producing creative works of art for the past eight years and honed his talents in 2004 at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Mukes is dedicated to promoting artistic expression through color and fresh thought. Out of the Blue Expressions was birthed from his passion of adding beauty, color, style and creativity to the world as a celebration of life.  He attributes his giftedness to his spiritual relationship with the Creator.  Corey draws inspiration for his works through dreams, music, atmospheric moods and spiritual endeavors.  He is also moved by the works of painters such as Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall and Vincent Van Gogh

Cowboy Paintings ( 1 )

Nothing says Americana more than cowboy paintings.  They are among some of the most popular type of art. Cowboy paintings resonate with so many people in so many different ways.  Different generations can relate to this type of art and find commonality.  They are so much more than just a man in his hat or a man on his horse.  There are museums that dedicate entire galleries just to this art because it so beautifully captures life in the early West. 

 

Cowboy paintings center around an extremely pivotal time in America.  The West was growing in size and geography.  The West was considered wild for so many reasons.  There wasn't the sophistication of the East nor the overseas traveling that brought fine things from Europe and other places.  The West was a vast geographic area on the other side of the Mississippi.  Much of it was still only inhabited by Native American's, buffalo, and many other creatures that people from the East had yet come in contact with.  The wild West was not for the faint of heart or people that didn't want adventure.  There were vast plains, dessert lands, and mountains that looked like they could touch the sky.

 

Many artists have tried to capture this in their cowboy paintings by trying to accurately portray what that time was like.  There are some that are very simple and some that are very ornate.  Some are whimsical with humor woven in to the work.  Others capture the beauty of that time.  There are so many different styles that one is sure to find a painting that can suite their preference.

 

Most cowboy paintings center around the cowboy himself or herself.  There were plenty of cowgirls in the wild West.  There are amazing works that have been done to replicate how rugged it really was back then.  Works showing the man and his trusty stead is probably one of the more popular portrayals.  Chaps worn, saddle blanket caked with dirt, spurs on well worn boots, dirt rimmed hat, unkempt beard, and calloused hands are an accurate portrait of a cowboy.  Many other pieces of work portray the well known cattle drive.  Dust flying as high as the eye can see as the cattle were driven down the valley towards the awaiting river below is often depicted.  Another synonymous piece of work is of the nighttime campfire, whether it is a group of cattlemen sitting around eating chow after a long days cattle drive or one sitting by himself.  There is often a glow from the fire that seems to capture the look of what was often a lonely life.

 

Having a piece of this type of art is a great addition to any home.  Since there are many styles, there is sure to be one that fits every home.  Think of it as another way to honor the way we were.  It wasn't that long ago that we traveled West on horseback and in a covered wagon.  Lives were lost in the search for better living.  This was a sacrifice that many were ready to make.  No one was more willing to do so than the American cowboy.

 

Cubism ( 0 )

Cubism was a type of abstract art was made famous by Pablo Picasso and George Braque. While this stylistic way of painting didn’t span a large amount of time, its significance to the art world is definitely tremendous.  During the twelve years that this style of art expression was practiced, it solidified its place in history.  The next type of artistry to follow it was Surrealism. 

What is Cubism?  It is a type of abstract paintings that replaces the ambiguous shapes and figures you would normally associate with that style.  Instead, it takes things that are realistic and pulls them apart only to put them back together in an abstract sort of way.  This allows the painter to express something in a totally new way, giving more emphasis to the subject by distorting the depth of whatever he or she is depicting.  It allows the scene around the subject to meld with it, thus creating a shadowy effect that encompasses the entire view of the surroundings and the intended targeted object being painted.

While Cubism began in France, it was influenced greatly by other types of art that was just being discovered at this time, such as Native American and African art.  These styles were the catalysts for the artistic society to begin looking at things in a very new and different form.

The term “Cubism” was actually a name that was first coined by a French art critic who said that the pictures looked like they were made from “bizarre cubes.”  The creators of this type of art did not give it its name. 

It first found its way to the United States in 1913.  It was introduced in New York City.  The two phases of this type of art, Analytic and Synthetic, were both given high praises from those who viewed this work. 

In the more modern sense, you still see Cubism being employed in many places, such as literature, sculpture, architecture and even advertising, and artists still use it as well.  Advertising agencies use it because of the impact that it can have on a single subject.  The distortion that moves the object from being that of a recognizable subject to something far more complex and interesting makes this process memorable.  That is why it is often found on magazine covers, posters and billboards in an attempt to get your attention.

From capturing the subject and then rearranging it to make it look strangely transformed, to adding depth to the artistry by using a collage of brightly printed paper to the painting, this style of artistry changed the way the public perceived art and forever changed the way it would be presented by the artist.

In the beginning, things that were considered still life objects were the subject of the paintings of items such as pitchers, musical instruments and the human face and body.  There weren’t many types of landscapes that were done.  Of course as it continued to grow in popularity, even after the period of time dedicated to it moved on, nearly everything became a subject to be painted. 

 

Custom Framing ( 3 )

CUSTOM FRAMING BY AN ARTIST

When selecting art and framing for your home or office, let the experts at Betz Art Gallery assist you in making the right decisions. We feature various lines of mouldings, from inexpensive and simple, handcrafted gold and silver moulding, to extraordinary hand-finished, carved Italian and Spanish mouldings. We have an extensive line of gold and silver contemporary and traditional styles. We also have maples, walnut, oak and beautiful cherry styles. All these mouldings come in various styles and finishes. We have many unique designer lines for that very special design project. We also have many different matting options of color and textures.


Betz Art Gallery is committed to providing our clients with the best service possible. We have the dedication and resources to handle all levels of projects from concept to installation. Whether residential or commercial, we have the talent and business savvy to solve the most challenging design projects.

We also have a very large inventory of signed & numbered améliore giclees

  Remember, custom picture framing is an art form, therefor why not  use an artist to hep you design the perfect frame for your art, using the finest materials in the industry.

 

Call us if you have a specific framing question or come by Tuesday-Saturday 9am-3pm for a consultation.

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Dali ( 2 )

Salvadore Dali was born in Spain in May of 1904. He spent much of his childhood splitting his time between two family homes. He is well known for his wild images used in his surrealistic paintings, but he was also a sculptor, designer, and graphic artist. While he had phases of futurism, cubism and metaphysical painting, he ultimately joined the surrealists and quickly became one of the most famous examples of the style. His painting “The Persistence of Memory” remains one of surrealism’s best known works. 

As important and well known as this painting is, it may come as a surprise to the average viewer that the painting itself is actually quite small. This oil painting measures only 9 ½ x 13 inches, approximately the size of a casserole dish. There are a number of different things that draw the eye in this painting. To begin with, of course, everything appears to be melting. There are several tired looking clocks, and one strange creature in the foreground (which may apparently be some sort of stretched representation of the artist himself). A swarming cluster of ants may imply decay. With all the incredible things going on in the painting, there is one small nod to things true to life: the background cliffs are like those in Dali’s home, Catalonia.

As well-known as this painting is, it may come as a bit of a shock for the average viewer to find that Dali also painted one called “Disintegration of Persistence of Memory”. In this, as the name implies, the famous scene depicted in the earlier painting is now beginning to deteriorate. Breaking down his earlier work and moving on to new things might be the message meant by this painting, as the picture itself seems to break down into blocks and grids.

Later, Dali moved on beyond the surrealists and moved into his classical stage, which includes another of his famous paintings titled “The Sacrament of the Last Supper”. This painting was commissioned by a collector named Chester Dale. Upon first glance, there are a lot of similarities to da Vinci’s painting of the same topic, and although the collector was quite happy with his piece, it was somewhat panned as being a less than stellar example of a common topic. Jesus sits at the center of a table, surrounded by his disciples, while a glance out the windows in this painting would depict a bay that existed near the painter’s home. The torso of a man in the sky features prominently in the painting, and it would appear that the painting is trying to indicate that Christ is already ascending.

Some of his later years were spent with him living more or less as a hermit, and he died in January of 1989.  Salvadore Dali would not let himself be limited by labels.  He did some early impressionist works before moving onto surrealism and then the classical period.  By doing so he established himself as a man of many talents, and one who did not need to be hampered by the inferiority he might feel by the claiming of just a single label.

Decorative Art ( 3 )

Decorative art is a very vast category of beautiful items often found in art galleries that includes many things.  While most people often think first of oil paintings as decorative art, it also includes things such as furniture design, interior décor, statues, jewelry and even some types of designs for products would be considered this.

Tapestries fall into this category.  These can be made of many types of materials such as cotton, satin, linen or wool.  In the early days, these were used for everything from the upholstery on furniture to different types of coats and other cloth items.  Now one very popular form of tapestry is the picture that is produced on the material for display purposes usually in the interior of a home or office.

This style can also encompass objets d’ art that are ornamental and made of materials such as ceramics.  Many times these pieces are found in homes that are composed of like materials.  Some may be statuettes of animals or people while others may be meant to reproduce everyday items that are seen in and out of the home. 

Many types of metalwork are also deemed decorative art.  This can be anything from jewelry to armor that was once used in battle but is now used for interior enhancement purposes.  Items made from precious metals such as gold or silver also fit into this category. 

Many beautiful glass pieces are included as well. This type of work has been well known for years in the world of decorative art. 

These items were part of the everyday life of the people in years gone by.  Because these items were status symbols denoting one’s wealth and membership in an elite group of the society, complete and detailed records were kept of each item that a person owned. This record is known as the item’s provenance.  Through these records, individuals left behind a very finely formatted definition and view of what their lives were like. These items represented their status because unlike today, there was no way to own something objects that were valued for their beauty and rarity if one was not wealthy or born into a specific class of people.  Therefore these items were only attainable by the lucky few who could afford to purchase and possess them. 

These items could be purely ornamental or they could be functional parts of the household.  If they were functional they more than likely they would need to be a bit more muted than their ornamental counterparts that could be designed to be exaggerated and distorted for expression and impression.
 
Many people would say that all articles that fall into the crafts category should also be defined as decorative art.  These crafts would involve anything that required the trained eye of a skilled tradesman or artisans such as goldsmiths and blacksmiths.  Thus, if the craft itself requires specialized knowledge or specific training then it should be added to this category. No matter the definition, many of these beautiful pieces can be found in museums and galleries across the country. Like paintings and other works of art, prints and reproductions of them are usually available so these beautiful objects can now grace anyone’s home.

Divere Creations ( 0 )

"Diverse Creations"                  

 

 

A Kaleidoscope of Art Media and Styles

Opening Event May 21   6pm to 9pm

Free Valet Parking

Featured Artists

 

Margo Green-The abstract acrylic canvases of the award-winning artist, a finalist for the 2009 Hunting Art Prize, are seen in jurined exhibitions within Houston and Austin

Sally Stubbs- Prize winning photographer Sally Stubbs exhibits widely in the Houston-Galveston area. Her images transform everyday objects into artful compositions.

Danie Brents-Architect Danile Brents, an art lecturer and finalist for the 2009 Hunting Art Prize, exhibits his neo-realist oil paintings nationally and in Houston and Austin

Drawing Workshop ( 0 )

Drawing Workshop
By artist Tim Vanya


Tim Vanya is an accomplished artist and was recently inducted into the  Western Artists of America and has spent many years as a teacher at the Tin Star Studio in College Station, Texas. I am very excited about bringing him to Houston, Texas to give a two day intensive drawing workshop. I have wanted to study with Tim Vanya for a while now and so I feel like this is a great opportunity.  As a professional working artist I know how important the discipline of life drawing is and if we dont exercise that muscle it can become weak. For more information and a glimpse at Tims’ art work visit
http://www.twvanya.com/

What do drawings mean to me? I really don't know. The activity absorbs me. I forget everything else in a way that I don't think happens with any other activity... (John Berger)

Draw, as much and as often as you can. When drawing lies fallow, the skill diminishes. (Gene Black)

-on Leonardo da Vinci...
It is often said that Leonardo drew so well because he knew about things; it is truer to say that he knew about things because he drew so well. (Kenneth Clark)

 

The workshop will be help saturday and sunday September 17 and 18 from 10am-4pm at Betz Art Gallery. Space is limited so sign up by emailing lori@betzgallery.com or call 888-755-0515 to reserve a space. The class fee is $125 for the two day intensive workshop.



Workshop Outline

Day One

Critique of work: Each student is to bring one/two pieces of their best work for a group critique by Tim Vanya, member of Western Artists of America. This work needs to have been completed within the last two years. This helps both teacher and student know where they are skill wise. This work will provide a good opportunity for feed- back and group discussion. Approximate time: 2-4 Hours, two hours on first morning and two hours on second afternoon, or a single 4 hour session on the first morning (dependent on number of students and amount of work).

Introduction to Drawing: An over view as to the importance of drawing in all aspects of fine art.  Approximate time: 15 Minutes

 Drawing Warm Up: A quick demonstration of drawing objects in a 3 to 5 minuet warm ups. Emphasis on looseness, speed, reacting and response to the subject, scribbling (what you had no problem with as a child!) Approximate time: 45—50 Minutes

Drawing, the Short Session: A quick over view and short critique of the previous sessions work, each student picks one or two of what they think is their best effort and the group views and discusses it. Begin 15 minute set ups allowing the student to further develop a finished work. This allows enough time to include some value in the drawing and to begin an interpretation of the subject. Approximate time: 2 Hours

Final Critique of the day: Each student picks 2/4 of the afternoon’s best works for a review and critique. Approximate time: 45-50 Minutes

Day Two

 Drawing Warm Up: We will begin the day with 3 to 5 minute set ups in the loose and quick responsive style. Approximate time: 45-50  Minutes

Drawing , the Long Session: An introductory discussion of the long session and what it entails is given before drawing begins. How the quick sketch is involved, the importance of looking and seeing accurately, design elements, enough time to hang yourself, starting over, the finished work. Students will complete 2 to 3 finished drawings. Approximate time 3 Hours

The Final Critique: Students post two finished works for a group discussion and critique. Approximate time 45-50 Minutes

 

 

Event Planning ( 0 )

Event Planning 

Why not make your special occasion an Event to remember.  Whether your looking for a three-piece jazz ensemble in a courtyard,  or a  DJ to get your guests up and dancing, we have the venue for you.

 The Gallery space can accommodate 50 - 200 guests. The artwork displayed in the gallery will make great conversation pieces for you and your guest.

At Betz Gallery, we pride ourselves in helping you create the perfect memorable event. Our staff will partner with your caterer, event planner and other vendors to help you create your perfect event.


To discuss your event as well as book an appointment with our event planner,  please contact us at  lori@betzgallery.com or call 888-755-0515



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Featured Art ( 1 )

Each month we are pleased feature some of our artists and works of art that we carry. We review many artists and their work and these are some some of the best. Please remember to sign up for our news letter so we can update you each month as we find new and exciting art.

Felix Mas ( 1 )

Felix Mas is well known as an artist throughout the world.  Most of Felix Mas pieces are paintings of beautiful women that many describe as alluring and intoxicating. He has always had a long held love for painting and drawing. He was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1935, and that is where he currently resides and gets much of his inspiration. He was a student of art from the beginning and is noted for doing some amazing work for numerous romantic comic series. In the 1960's he worked as an illustrator in Scandinavia. In the late 1960's he turned his attention back to the comic world and stayed in that work until the mid 1970's. At that point, he decided to go back to what he was realizing was his true passion, painting.

Felix Mas received much of his training at the Escuela Superior de San Jorge and Artes y Oficios. He then traveled throughout a vast portion of Europe and in to the United States, furthering his education of the arts. He has always been a hardworking man that is filled with passion for his art. He remains that way even today, even with his astounding popularity.

It is obvious to see just where Felix Mas gets his inspiration from when one considers all of the beautiful women he has seen throughout his travels. He particularly seems to be drawn to women from ancient Rome and Greece, as well as parts of Asia, Egypt and India. Each woman is carefully painted in her own backdrop, using unique coloring to complete the vision.

The colors that Felix Mas chooses to use for his artwork are quite unique. Many of his colors are created by him using natural pigments. His use of color in each painting helps express the emotion of the work. As one looks deeply into one of his pieces of work, it becomes impossible not to be mesmerized. Not by just the beauty of the total work, but by the intricacy of the work. The finite details that he includes are breathtaking. Whether it is a woman detailed with intricate butterfly wings that seems to come to life with delicate coloring. Or a woman who is adorned in the most elaborate kimono brush stroked with the most vibrant of colors. He truly knows how to paint the femininity and gracefulness of a woman.

Many people that have gone to see a piece of his work at an art gallery showing express that it is some of the most awe-inspiring paintings done of women. He is able to capture a woman's soul and beauty and put it on to canvas. Very few artists are able to capture it in such a way that he is. Even people that are not typically drawn to this type of art are enamored by it. Each woman is so perfectly captured in their own essence, many of which seem to be gazing off into the distance. His work is also left for own translation and this is done purposely. The artist chooses to do this so that each painting takes on a different definition for every individual and is not defined solely by the artist himself.

Figurative Art ( 4 )
FOTOFEST 2012 ( 0 )


 

“ FotoFest  2012 -Three Exhibitions one Great Location” at Betz Art Gallery


Saturday, March 24, 2012 6-9 p.m. Opening Artist Reception for “Natural Beauties:  Color Field” by artist June Russell in the Betz Art Gallery main room. 

June Russell finds being in nature a spiritual journey.  In her art she she seeks to capture aspects of natural beauty and express powerful emotions through color and form, sharing the energy and spirit she experiences when viewing nature's palette.  Building from her" Natural Beauties:  Beyond the Petals" series, this new work,  "Color Field",  is focused on large color patterns.  As in "color field" painting, texture and pattern become secondary as color prevails.

Also, Saturday, March 24, 6pm-9pm in the showcase room at Betz Art Gallery will be the opening artist reception for “Abstracts” by artists Sally Stubbs and Yvonne Ybarra.

“Abstracts” is an exhibition featuring Houston photo artist Yvonne Ybarra and Sally Stubbs. Sally  is a strong believer that beauty can be found almost anywhere. She has created intriguing abstract images from fractured glass found amid the ashes of a home destroyed in last summer's wildfires near Houston. Yvonne Ybarra says "Everything we look at has beauty.  It can be in the most unlikely of places...one just needs to indulge in curiosity
to find it."

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 27, 6pm-9pm. Opening Artist Reception for the H.E.R.E. Project “Grafitti, B-Boy and B-Girl Exhibition” with 3rdLogic and Dez.

As part of the H.E.R.E. Project, Houston Enriches Rice Education, Rice University has collaborated with The University of Houston to create a two-day hip hop conference to celebrate Houston's treasured artists. The H.E.R.E. project's mission is to advance Rice University's relationship to the larger Houston community and enhance faculty research and both undergraduate and graduate education.

The conference, titled Awready!,  will be held at several locations, with Betz Art Gallery as the kick-off location. Awready! is a conference exploring the unique music and culture of Houston hip hop.

This conference is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, the HERE Project at Rice University, African American Studies at the University of Houston, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. It also introduces to the public the Houston Hip Hop Archives Network, a partnership developed by the HERE Project and the University of Houston Libraries for preserving the artifacts of Houston hip hop.

The "Grafitti, B-Boy and B-Girl Exhibition" exhibtion will feature multi-media art including video art, street art and photography.

This exhibition aims to recognize and celebrate the artistic creativity of various hip hop art forms. Talented Houston graffiti artists and b-boys will create an interactive experience through mural painting, dance, and a multimedia presentation.

Street artists 3rdLogic, Skeez181 and Dez will paint live, and their finished works will be auctioned off at the end of the night.

Photogrpahers include Marco Torres, Monica Landry and Todd Spoth.

Havikoro and DJ No Request will provide entertainment with dance performances and music all night long.
 

 









 

Foundry Services ( 1 )

Betz Gallery is expanding their services to include a full line of Foundry Services for Sculpture. “As an artists, it was hard to find quality foundry services,” said Betz Art Foundry owner, Lori Betz.


Foundry services will include the following areas of expertise:

Mold Making: The process that creates the pattern for the sculpture. It is often made out of wax but wood plastic and metal are also used. Designs can be as simple or complex because molds can be a two part molds. Split pattern molds consist of a top section that is called a cope and a bottom section called a drag.  Both mold types, solid and split pattern, have a core that is inserted to complete the mold. This is an important part of the molding process because it creates cavities and angles and we pay great attention to those details.

 

Lost Wax Casting: This is the process in which the artist sculpture is cast into metal. This process allows very detailed sculptures to be created depending on the skill level of the carver.  Often artists learn how to do the Lost Wax Casting because it allows them to refine and correct any elements of the mold. This is a process that dates back to ancient times, yet is still in use at any modern art foundry.

 

 

Bronze Patination or Distressing: This process allows bronze to be tarnished through chemical or oxidation process. The bronze is often colored though a serious of oxides and carbonates that are formed on the surface.  As these particulates accumulate, the surface colors changes. The chemical process, or patination, has our statues covered until the desired affect is achieved.  

 

Project Consultation:  Whether needing a commissioned statue, or sculpture that is needing to be cast, our foundry services include on staff sculptures to help complete a project of any size. For a free consultation to discuss the project, please click here to contact us.

                                  

For more details on our new foundry services please visit Betz Art Foundry.

G. Harvey ( 4 )

G Harvey, who was once known as Gerald, is a native of the great state of Texas.  From early childhood on, it was apparent to him that he had a passion and a great love for art.  So, as a child he did many types of sketches and drawings and won over the hearts of everyone who saw them.  It was clear from the beginning that he was destined to be a wonderful artist. 

G Harvey went on to graduate from and become an Alumni of North Texas State University where he majored in Industrial art.  He then began working for the University of Texas.  However, he found that he was involved in an occupation that was taking up most of his spare time, and it left him little time to pursue his first love which was art and, by now, particularly painting.  So in 1963, with a lot of prayers being sent out, he made the life altering decision to give up his career and become a full time artist.  It was then that he gave up his name and replaced it with the initial G. 

He found himself at center stage of his first art exhibition just two years after he became an artist by trade.  He won the New Master’s Award.
 
G Harvey found that he had some rather famous followers of his artwork, including Lyndon B. Johnson and John Connally.  They were his admirers from the very beginning.  His critical acclaim did not stop there, however.  He went on to woo the entire country and the world with his depictions of the good ole days that had passed us by, including the early western front in the United States.  He also enjoyed painting landscapes, cityscapes, and Civil War portraits. 

G Harvey has enjoyed a career that has spanned over fifty years.  He is still creating his wonderful artwork from his home in Fredericksburg, Texas where he and his wife, Pat, reside. 

Some of his more notable works include:

•    “Drifting through the Oil Patch,” which is a picture of cowboys who worked in the oil fields making their way home
•    “Cowhands of the West,” which shows people getting ready to go to work
•    “Bunkhouse Lights,” that shows cowboys beginning their daily routine
•    “Independent Oilman”
•    “Trading at the General Store”
•    “Early Downtown Houston”
•    “20th Century Ranching”
•    “Supplies for the Mission”

This is a small sampling of some of the works that G Harvey has done over the years.  All of these paintings and drawings take you back to another place and time when life was easier.  This is perhaps why his work is so beloved by those who adore it. 

During his career which is still ongoing, he has won the hearts of the famous such as Presidents and Governors and the not so famous as well.  He captivates his audiences with his ability to depict the past in a way that would make one think that he was actually there and lived through it in order to be able to so accurately portray it on canvas today. 

Gallery News ( 4 )
Giclee ( 19 )

Looking up the word Giclee in a dictionary does not tell the full story of how it became synonymous for a fine art reproduction created using an ink jet printing process. Although not a new process, this way to reproduce art has grown in popularity, now is a common alternative to lithographs and serigraphs. 

 

The history of the Giclee dates back to the late 1980’s with the advent of IRIS printers. These printers made commercial grade full color proofs, allowing print shops to easily produce replications. The color quality of these prints caught the eye of former Crosby, Stills and Nash alum, Graham Nash, who by 1991 was producing digital reproductions, coined the word Giclee to describe this type of digital reproductions, which needed to be separately classified from other, more arduous reproduction methods.

 

Nash Editions coined this term from the French word that means to spit, just as the ink jet spits the ink on to the canvas, or more commonly paper.  There was great thought put into word chosen to describe these reproductions. They knew words like digital or computer were not words that conveyed quality and would not pass the art worlds scrutiny. 

 

Other words were tried such as digigraph, which was accepted in some areas of the community, namely photography. But, the artists still did not embrace the idea or the technology, and still had the IRIS printer in mind. As time has gone on, the word and the method had gained some in the marketplace, despite those artists who still think of the old IRIS printer that started this niche. The Giclee is a permanent fixture on the reproduction landscape.

 

Many others see the term as being a generic word that represents a bigger market behind it.  It is describing a way to reproduce fine art, and do it digitally without having a plate that will wear down and change the piece over time.

 

These disagreements that developed over time caused the creation of the Giclee Printers Association.  They required their members to adhere to a specific standard however there were very few that could meet the standards. In response, the GPA came up with a second set of standards that were far less rigorous, and deemed that to be part of the décor art market.

 

Computers have changed the printing landscape for good. From 1980 when Jon Con started to see that there were digital ways to make a print through the present artists. Some are reluctant to enter this marketplace because they feel that the reproduction cannot capture their original work. Some say that the colors alter when making the digital copy and they shy away from it, only offering original pieces. Others however have embraced the technology and use it to enhance their artwork.

 The modern printer can print to canvas, add texture and the appearance of brush strokes, and can use as many as 11 colors blended together to create truer shades and hues, making the reproduction a high quality piece.  Often the buyer will receive a signed and stamped letter of authenticity.

Home Decor ( 3 )

Oh, the fun that can be had doing home decor additions!  Redecorating can add that personal touch to the home or to an office space.  Feeling some trepidation about this task?  Browse the internet or walk through an art show or gallery to gain inspiration.
 
Home decor can manifest itself in many fashions.  Furniture and window coverings play an important part in how the theme will pan out for that space.  Textures of those things along with the core colors will also need to be taken into consideration.  The fun begins after the key factors are taken into account.  Paintings, sculptures, vases, and miscellaneous artifacts can be added to change a simple setting into something personal and comforting.

Paintings are a great way to incorporate color into the office or home.  The genre of art will enhance what is already available and will bring a wonderful cohesion of style, color and mood.  When looking for a painting, decide if it is to create a specific theme, or if it is to just bring together the mood of the space. 

A sitting room may require something to take the atmosphere into a more relaxed state.  A business office may need something powerful and commanding.  A bedroom might crave rich color for affectivity.  A simple addition of a painting can change the entire feel of the rest of the home decor that is in that room.  The soft strokes coupled by the vivid colors of an Impressionist painting will brighten any room.  Contemporary art is expressed as either literally or symbolically, and is most often outrageous in content and sometimes even confusing.  These are great pieces that will invoke conversations.  Futurism is an artistic philosophy of modernization.  Many are of sterile coloring, bordering metallic with a heavy emphasis towards geometric shapes.  They can often been seen in a business office or professional setting.

Sculptures are another great way to tie in a painting to the rest of the room.  A modern, Asian styled room may have deep rich colored woods, stream lined furniture, and clean, crisp colors.  A well placed sculpture will add that extra personalized touch.  Express personal taste with home decor.  Take a wood carving or a glass art piece and exhibit it in a way that symbolizes the personality of the room.  These items can have great intimate meaning to the owners.  What better way to share with others than to place one or more pieces that are representational of the individual within that room.  A flower filled vase or unique candle holders and plates are another great tool for adding a special touch to any space. 

Home decor should affect the individual in a positive way at any given time.  Favorite colors, fond memories, and trinkets from places visited can really take a four walled room to a place of feeling comfortable, inspired, or festive.  Search everywhere on the internet and the dominant factor will always be color.  Depending on the functionality of that room will ultimately determine what color grouping needs to be incorporated.  A Zen feel can be accomplished with soft earthy shades, a variety of wood tones and the addition of a few art pieces placed strategically around the room.

Horse Paintings ( 1 )

Any equestrian lover will tell you that they absolutely adore horse paintings.  These noble and beautiful creatures have long been the faithful companion of many cowgirls and cowboys.  They are loved for their gentle and sweet demeanors.  It is no wonder they are captured by artists so frequently.

Whether it is at the races or in the pasture, you will find images of them everywhere you go.  It doesn’t matter if they are a foal, yearling, colt, filly, mare, stallion, or a gelding; you will find them depicted all over the world in horse paintings. 

These beauties can sleep lying down or standing and have been captured on canvas many times both ways.  While they are standing at rest, they often become very still, and this makes it easy to capture their images.

Horse paintings often capture those that are wild and running free.  Over the years, through urban development and the industrialization of the nation and the world for that matter, it has become much more difficult to spot a herd in the wild.  It is highly possible that the average person has never witnessed these wonderful animals running through the plains free to wander and roam.  This makes the images that have been captured over the years even that much more priceless to people who know and love them.

It is believed that these animals have been used for domestic purposes for centuries, dating back to around 3500 B.C.  This makes it easy to see why there are so many images of these great steeds captured, and why so many exist from centuries ago.  They have even been found in cave art and the like. 

Horse paintings sometimes are done for the owner who wants to memorialize a favorite for years to come.  Race winners are often photographed and cataloged for future reference.  They are even used for identification purposes.

Other works of art of this type often show fox hunts and polo matches.  This is especially true in other countries such as England. 

You also see them incorporated in pictures of the Wild West.  Cowboys were always shown riding in the saddle of their trusty companions.  They were also often used to transport things other than people such as supplies and used to pull wagons and sleds.  This was the only type of land transportation available to the common man during this time, and there are many photographs and artistic works that depict this.  The pony express was also how mail was delivered during this time, and there are many works of art that have captured this animal’s important role during this era. 

Horse paintings are found nearly everywhere from museums to private homes.  You’ll find them in castles and in mansions.  This is an animal that men have relied on for transportation of themselves and their goods, as well as entertainment through racing and betting.  They have been part of the history of the world for a very long time, and so it is understandable that artists throughout the years have captured their images on their canvases. 

 

Houston Art and Culture ( 0 )

 

Houston Art and Culture Presents       

White Linen Night Heights with Juried Art Show, Wine and Unveiling of Pink Ribbon Parade

The white-hot sultry event of the summer returns August 6, 2011 as Houston Art and Culture presents White Linen Night in The Heights. This neighborhood celebration of art, culture and “citified” bohemia returns again for its 5th annual installment. The evening promises to be bigger and better than ever as organizers expand the staging areas, featured activities and participants.

Over 40,000 Houstonians descended on The Heights last year in their white-linen finest to shop, sip and stroll the neighborhood and celebrate its art community. With crowds expected to be well over 50,000 this year, organizers have focused on expanding the staging areas for the event activities to truly make it a neighborhood-wide celebration. In addition to the original 19th Street locale, many of the art, music, fashion and exhibition offerings will also be happening on White Oak in the heart of the neighborhood.

Visitors to this year’s event will once again be treated to a fun atmosphere including local artists, local musicians and local businesses in The Heights. Most participating businesses will host a local artist “in residence” for the evening, the First Saturday Arts Market will feature an expanded artist offering, and Houston Art and Culture will host a juried art tent. Last year’s successful White Linen Fashion Show will expand this year to include two staged shows, and local indie favorite Runaway Sun will headline the music line-up this year. Thirsty patrons this year will delight in the addition of Vinters Own, Houston’s Premiere Custom Wine Makers, to host wine tents and serve up their fabulous flavors made locally right in The Heights.

Recognizing the enormous attendance that this annual event boasts, the organizers of White Linen Night in The Heights have this year partnered with The Rose of Houston to help bring a large audience to Breast Cancer causes in the Houston area. This year WLNH will introduce “Pink Street” where local Breast Cancer groups will hold exhibitions and events aimed at encouraging people to become educated on Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment. This tickled pink street will host groups on parade  including the “Harley’s Angels” pink Harley riders, “Pink Phurree” dragon boat racing crew and more.

The anchor for Pink Street will be the unveiling of the Pink Ribbon Parade from The Rose of Houston. This fabulous celebration of artistic talent will pay homage to the now iconic pink ribbon symbol. Local Houston artists will create their visions on 9 foot pink ribbon sculptures and their works will be unveiled together for the first time at White Linen Night in The Heights.

For an up to date listing of sponsors and activities, please visit www.whitelinennightheights.com

 

What: Art, Shopping, Dining, Live Music and Entertainment

When: Saturday, August 6, 2011  6:00pm-10:00pm

Where: The Houston Heights including 11th Street, 19th Street, Heights Blvd., Houston Ave., Studewood, White Oak and Yale

Why: Showcase Art, Culture and Community in The Houston Heights

Amenities: Free Shuttles, Free Parking, Complimentary Hospitality Receptions, Live Entertainment

 

Impressionists ( 13 )

The Impressionist artists are a group of artists that took the art world by storm from the 1860s – 1800s in France.  Their paintings work to capture the light of the scene, as well as be spontaneous with a very naturalistic, simplistic representation of what they were painting. Often when one thinks of this type of artist, landscapes come to mind.

 

This style is known for taking a scene and portraying it in a way that would be a snapshot of the scene, a glimpse of it. These paintings all have similar techniques and use a lot of color to capture the light. The goal of the impressionist painter was to accurately portray reality, but do it though light and color than more structured representations.

 

With the outdoors often portrayed, the light is well represented in these paintings. They are all bold in how they represent the scene. The colors are not muted or soft. This allows for less detail in the actual items, but the color providing the detail.  There is a definite lack of a structure in the strictest use of the word in this type of painting. 

 

The impressionist artists were deeply influenced by classicism and realism, and by the 1855 World Fair, held in Paris, France, art was being given large amounts of attention.  The impressionists came of age during this period, just on the cusp of this whole new style of painting.

 

Charles Suisse created the Académie Suisse, which was a place that Monet, Pissarro Cezanne and Guillaumin came to work.  This provided much support for them where they could work out their ideas together, some more controversial than others. In some ways art was always viewed restrictively, and Monet and his counterparts had to display their art in other venues to have it judged because it did not fit into the traditional mold.

 

In 1874 came a turning point though, Monet and his counterpart’s art was displayed with other works of art and not just relegated shows in Nadar’s photography salon.  As expected, critics panned it.  On April 25, 1874 the movement was named when art critic Louis Leroy wrote the word impressionniste after viewing Monet’s Impression: Soliel Levant, which stuck and ended up being applied to the entire movement.  It is thought that Leroy got the idea from Nadar’s exhibit called Exposition des Impressionnistes. This was held by the Anonymous Society of Painters, sculptors, and engravers, or more formally known as Société anonyme des peintres, sculpteurs et graveurs.

 

In addition to Monet, this core group also includes Alfred Sisley and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Others classified in this group are Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Frederic Bazille, Camille Pissarro, Gustave Caillebotte and Berthe Morisot.

 

All of these artists worked together to bring about this highly recognizable medium. Many of them worked directly with Monet and they all influenced each other in creating this style that has become a corner stone of art styles. It is thought that Monet himself really adopted the principles of the impressionist style in 1873.

 

 

Kinkade ( 0 )

Thomas Kinkade was born in January 1958 in California. His parents divorced when he was five, and the mom and kids were quite poor throughout his childhood. He was determined to make a better life for himself, and be able to pay the bills without worrying about money.  He was mentored as a teen by Glenn Wessels. He married his high school sweetheart in 1982, and their children were all named after artists. He likes to hide family initials in his paintings.

When he and his wife decided to open their own mail-order company for artwork, their first piece sold was Dawson, and sell it did. It sold out in no time. This depiction was of a Yukon town in the peak of the gold rush, around 1898. Even this somewhat harsh, bleary landscape had the hints within it of the nickname Kinkade would later claim, “The Painter of Light”.  Many, if not most of his paintings include particular focus on the lighting in the picture.  In depictions of cottages in the woods, for instance, it appears the painter takes extra time to consider the lighting in the picture, and takes pains to accentuate it.

While some of the paintings by Kinkade are simply cottages in the woods, or depictions of cities, there are also paintings with a Christian message.  Some of these are subtle, while some are more overt. One of the subtle ones would be a painting of his entitled “Stairway to Paradise.” While the painting’s title gives the viewer just the hint of the meaning of the painting, looking at just the painting itself, the viewer might not have ever come to that conclusion. It is just a regal staircase in the middle of a garden. The stairs have garlands of flowers attached. There are beautiful gardens in this yard, surrounding the staircase, and an unmistakable glow coming from the top of it.

An example of his more overt Christian messages is seen in his painting titled “The Prince of Peace”,  which is a portrait of Christ, he took advantage of his mind wandering during an art class with an apparently disinterested model, and his fans get to benefit.  This is a rendering of Jesus Christ, eyes downcast, head already wearing the crown of thorns.

In addition to his Christian messages, and many of his other renditions of the woods and cottages, he also has some paintings depicting Disney characters or scenes.  “Snow White Discovers the Cottage” depicts a decidedly Kinkade take on the artwork from the movie.  Although not officially a part of the Disney collection, there is also a painting entitled A New Day at Cinderella Castle.

He is one of the most-collected artists of the time period.  In addition to paintings, his artwork depicts notecards and tapestries, as well as tote bags and music boxes. Nearly anything anyone could imagine with art on it is something one can get with the painter’s work adorning it, and because it is everywhere, there is bound to be an affordable art option if money is an issue.

While the Kinkade art company started out with just himself and his wife, it has now expanded perhaps beyond his wildest dreams.

Landscape Paintings ( 13 )

Landscape paintings are an arm of an artist's imagination.   They are recreations of either identical representations of the view, partial representations of the view, or abstract interpretations of the view.  In 19th century Europe, this form of art was the dominant of artistic creations. 

The range of influences from each of the European countries brought many styles within the realm of painting landscapes.  The second half of the 18th century was the beginning of the Romantic Period.  This style had very little emphasis on the word 'romantic' or being 'romantic'.  Romanticism, by definition, was the revolt against the political platforms of the times, the voice of revolution in the aristocratic society, and the exotic, as well as domestic expression of natural law.  The visual arts of the world at this time embodied a sense of creating strong emotions of awe, fear, trepidation, and desire.  The imagination was elevated and united with reason.  This period of Romanticism successfully molded and changed the way the world felt about what it meant to be human.

The Danish artist, Peter 'Vilhelm' Carl Kyhn, the Russian artist, Karl Bryullov, the English painter, William Blake, and the American, Asher Brown Durand, were all part of the Romanticism movement.  These artists created landscape paintings in various forms.  Scenes of war, sights from travel, and religious influences were often portrayed. 

Then Impressionism was born out of the 19th century.  This Paris-based movement was characterized by the use of very short, broken, thin brush strokes with an emphasis on the effects of light.  Colors were pure and unblended, instead of the usual neutrals, grays and blacks.  Highlights and shadows gave the art spontaneity and effortlessness.

Some of the most famous of recent artists came out of this era.  Claude Monet was one of these French artists.  Many of his works like the 'View of Vetheuil', done in 1880, highlights the purity in color with the natural shadowing of the scene.  Another piece, 'The Four Trees', shows his usage of reflections in the water and the change of lighter and brighter colors to create depth of distant sun-kissed poplar trees.   Another of the famous French artists, Edgar Degas, was born from a wealthy banking family and was encouraged by his father to pursue his artistic gift.  'The Dance Class' was one of his most ambitious figural compositions.  Camille Pissarro was the third French Impressionist who basically started this movement.  'The Garden of the Tuileries on a Spring Morning' is one of three in a series he painted from the view of his apartment window.  This one was released in 1899, just four years before his death.  His landscape paintings were so well received that he chose to return the following year and rented the same apartment to create fourteen more views.

By the mid to late 19th century, the Americans embraced another style of landscape painting, Luminism.  This form took on an aerial perspective, creating a tranquil atmosphere of native scenery.  It also enhanced the illusion of the scene by the use of seemingly mysterious lighting effects and hiding the visibility of any noticeable brushstroke.  Thomas Cole, the co-founder of the Hudson River School of Painting, was considered the leader of this movement.  His painting titled 'Falls of the Kaaterskill' is a perfect example of the use of light and the impending weather to create this beautiful piece.

Larry Dyke ( 0 )

When it comes to intricate landscapes today, few artists can match the beauty and exquisite detail created by Larry Dyke.  Known for extraordinary landscapes, this artist utilizes a heavenly source for the beauty created.  As a deeply devout Christian, each work of art is perfected by adding a heavenly interpretation to the landscape.  What is born is artwork that is exquisitely perfect down to the minute details often overlooked by the naked eye.

Born in Texas, Larry Dyke started bringing the world gorgeous pieces of art in 1976.  Usually, each piece of work is sold as soon as it is released to the public.  In addition, many limited edition pieces of art are highly sought after with pieces sold to personalities such as Vincent Price, Shirley Jones, Steve Allen, Billy Graham, and even Pope John Paul II personally requested this amazing artist’s interpretation of heavenly landscapes.

Each landscape is perfect.  Nature is beautifully perfect, but through the eyes of this amazing artist, each landscape takes on a spiritual nature perfecting the glimpse of nature at its best.  Every piece of work is compared to a photograph because this is an artist that has an eye for detail.  Perfectionism is beautifully expressed in the detail of each artwork.  Designed to show a true appreciation of nature, each of these landscapes are exquisitely and artfully expressed by the artist.

Larry Dyke continues creating beautiful landscape paintings that are so realistic that each one looks like a high-pixel photograph.  With decades of experience and a natural talent, each piece of work is cherished by every level of viewers.  Each painting offers even the novice an opportunity to pause and reflect on the beauty of nature, life, and reality.  Few artists can elicit such miraculous responses from viewers.  Today, the artist still explores the perfection of nature.

The awesomeness of the Smokey Mountains is captured flawlessly in “The Church of the Valley”.  One of the artist’s favorite locations near Cade’s Cove, the white church, is captured in real life first thing in the morning.  “Early Departure” captures a beautiful mountain lake scene with a rare double rainbow in the distance.  Depicted amazingly real, viewers can almost feel the mist rising from the lake.

Whether capturing Yosemite Sam, a fishing hole, or a majestic church, Larry Dyke has perfected nature by perfecting a style unlike any other.  Imagine the detail seen with each visit to create such perfect works of art.  Every glance capturing all aspects of nature is at its best.  Adding spirituality to the artwork allows for an almost holy feel to each work.  Never settling for second best, this is an artist that understands that one small detail upon another makes a complete picture not soon forgotten.

Larry Dyke is a modern day artist that respects nature and God by finding the spirituality of the self means and finding peace within, while painting the beauty for the world to enjoy.  Deeply and widely respected, every piece of art created allows the common person to appreciate the details of nature, love, and life in all its infinite glory.

Lithographs ( 8 )

Art transfer, also known as a lithograph, has become a widely used method of creating portraits within the artist community. The experimentation with different techniques, use of materials, and canvases has become an ongoing epidemic as new generations of designers are discovered. An arising method used to transfer works to another canvas is the lithographic process. This process was created in 1796 to be a low-cost technique for theatrical work by Bavarian author Alois Senefelder. Alois, who was not only an author but was also a play writer and actor, fell into debt during his play production of Mathilde von Altenstein. In this poor financial state he began to explore new kinds of novel etching tactics.  Senefelder discovered that by using an ink that was greasy and acid resistant, he could print his work on Solnhofen limestone, a smooth, fine-grained stone.

 

Even though limestone was one of the first materials used to transfer art, it is not the only foundation accessible for the lithograph method. The technique can be used with paper, printing plates, mylar, flexible aluminum, or polyester, depending on the photographic process. Before these tools became usable the style was originally performed by drawing the subject upon a wax or oily element, which was then administered to a lithographic stone used as a medium for the print sheet. The fact that this technique has multiple stages to produce the print is what separates it from gravure and intaglio printing where the canvas is etched, stippled, or engraved.

 

The influence began to spread, since founded by Senefelder, in the 19th century from Germany to France, and eventually London, which at this time were main production centers in Europe. Due to technological disadvantages, a German artist named Godefroy Engelmann resolved the problems in the 1820s when he had earlier moved to Paris. After Engelmann's resolutions, lithograph printing became more admissible to artists such as Delacroix, Gericault, and Goya. Although obtaining a descent amount of recognition in the art community, by the mid-century interest began to slow in both France and London. Despite the loss of interest, the technique proceeded to gain awareness in commercial applications.

 

In today's art world, posters, books, newspapers, maps, etc. all use the lithograph style to mass-produce an item upon any smooth surface. With these materials in large demand, technology has played a larger role in the production process. State of the art printing plates made with a roughened texture and coated with photosensitive emulsion are more commonly used instead of the traditional stone plates. This new method is done by applying a photographic negative of the portrait with the emulsion, which is then laid bare to ultraviolet lighting.

 

Once developed, the emulsion produces a reverse effect of the negative which is a replica of the positive, or the original piece. The expansion and improvement since the 1700’s production of the lithograph for art has not only changed the way art can be produced, but has also given future generations of artists a new tool for self-expression. Some creators will still reverting back to the use of traditional limestone plates for a more classic finish to their illustrations. Other aspiring artists will use the technological advancements that have been offered, enabling them to use this skill and exhibit their innovative pieces.

 

Longhorn Paintings ( 0 )

Longhorn paintings are as Americana as any piece of Western art. Many people own longhorn paintings as well as the many that are displayed on prominent walls in museums, government buildings, and businesses. Artists have enjoyed creating these animals on canvas for years. They are a very large animal that carry their own mystique. To many people, they are like a walking piece of American history.

These creatures were introduced to the Americas over 500 years ago. Some made their way to Mexico, while a few hundred were driven up to what is now called Texas. These became what are now called Texas Longhorns. A true distinguishing factor is their horns. The Texas breed if you will, have horns that grow curved, but away from their face, while the other breeds have horns that are curved toward their face.

These animals were a part of the old West and remain a symbol of it today. This is just one of the reasons for the popularity of longhorn paintings. They had to survive harsh cold winters, summers of drought, vicious sand storms as well as predatory animals and humans. It is their survival that gives them their mystery. Another piece that adds to that is how this animal was able to adapt and thrive during times that other animals could not. These are a few more reasons as to why there are so many longhorn paintings.

Most people think of the Texas longhorns when they think of these animals. They can get quite large with horns that can extend well beyond seven feet from tip to tip. They have beautiful coloring of blues, yellows, browns, reds, white and black, and some are speckled. They are known for their gentle disposition, ease of raising and intelligence. They are raised as beef cattle and are considered a leaner beef than other cattle. For these reasons, it is no wonder that they have become so popular among ranchers.

Their coloring and demeanor is a reason for the art. Their mass in size with the intimidating size of their horns would make anyone want to keep a distance. These animals are very majestic creatures and are more like gentle giants than raging bulls. Although, if one gets spooked, watch out! Many artists have taken brush to canvas in an attempt to capture the essence of these animals. Their strength and survival is a thing of beauty.

Longhorn paintings have grown in popularity as so many other pieces of American Western art have in recent years. Some are more like portraits taken of the cattle. A singular cow in the meadow or along a calm stream is a favorite to depict among artists. Others depict the cattle drive that these animals were often a part of. They often traveled down long dusty trails, through raging rivers, up rolling hills, and even through torrential snow storms along the plains. These herds painted the landscape of much of the Southwest. These facts make it no surprise that these pieces have been popular with Western art collectors for some time. Some artists paint them in abstract ways, others paint them in their natural scenery with almost life like appearance.

Loveland Sculpture Invitational ( 0 )

Betz Gallery is excited to announce that our very own Lori Betz will be involved in the 2012 Loveland Sculpture Invitational, located in Loveland, Colorado. The Loveland Sculpture Invitational is the largest outdoor sculpture show and was founded in 1991 by several passionate sculptors from Loveland including George Lundeen, Victor Issa, Thelma Weresh and Lee Stark.

Beginning with 180 artists in its first year, the Loveland Sculpture Invitational has grown to over 300 artists at its peak. Over the past two decades, the show has served as a powerful agent of growth for many sculptors as well as the sculpture industry in Loveland, benefiting dozens of vendors across the economic scale.


Betz will showcase her bronze sculptures, currently on display at the newly emerged Betz Art Foundry located at 2500 Summer Street in Houston.

 

Mold Making and Casting ( 0 )

The use of a foundry and casting metal has been used in the art world for centuries. The Romans, Egyptians, Americans, etc. have all used this process of making a mold and creating sculptors, along with other forms of art.  Although there are a few common types of metal used for this, there is a wide variety in which to choose from.  A place that specializes in this process is called a foundry and casting things for art is something they do a lot.  When most people think of art, they think of either a painting, or a sculptor made from marble, they rarely think of pieces constructed of metal. 

Cast iron is a favorite because of its durability.  There are other characteristics of this metal that people love as well, such as the fact that it has a low melting point, it won’t be altered or deformed easily, and its water proof.  This makes it a very sought after material for everyone, not just artists.  For a person considering a large sculptor, this would be perfect because of the harsh weather conditions that it will face.  Knowing that the piece will withstand the forces of nature is a comforting thought.    When using a foundry and casting metal for a sculpture, the artist wants to make sure it will be around forever, or as close to that as possible. 

By far, the most popular metal used by an artist is bronze.  Bronze can be seen all over the world and has been used since the very beginning.  It is strong, durable, and the color is just fascinating.  This is also desired among artists because it has a tendency to expand a little bit before it settles.  This means that, while inside the mold, it will expand and get into every little corner.  This allows for even the tiniest detail to come to light so the viewers can see everything. 

As mentioned above, using a foundry and casting metal is nothing new.  Even thousands of years ago people did this to create their wonderful bronze sculptures.  A foundry could be found in many people’s back yards.  The most utilized method of this process was called the “Lost Wax” process. 

This process begins with the artist making a model of what they have in mind using clay, wax, or whatever material they desire.  A mold of the model is then made so an exact duplicate can be created.  This mold can be made of plaster or even fiberglass.  Next, wax is poured inside so that there is a wall of coating.  Then the wax is removed, but could be used for making more copies in the future.  The piece will then have special pathways created to that the melted down metal can quickly fill the mold.  After it has been sprued, and the metal has been cooled off again, the extra pieces around it that made it possible to be filled up need to be taken off carefully. 

Using a foundry and casting metal in order to create a work of art is something that has been done for thousands of years.  It doesn’t look like it is going to end anytime soon either.   

 

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Nancy Glazier ( 0 )

Nancy Glazier began painting with oils at the tender age of eight thanks to a caring grandmother.  Thanking God for an amazing gift, this talented artist paints animals with amazing accuracy giving the viewer a close up of each animal.  In fact, each painting brings at least one animal to life so realistically people claim to see each hair.  The artist definitely understands how to bring the canvas to life.

The passion in each oil painting is clearly evident in every detail.  Each work of art is a breathing entity in which the love of the work is felt with each brush stroke.  Every admirer claims every piece of art is alive, adding crispness and warmth, and admirers can almost smell the sweet aroma of mountain sage while hearing the buffalo bellow.  This is nature at its best.  All the while, the viewer is experiencing the breath, smelling the wildflowers, and walking among the Western paintings.

Every canvas is precious, and Nancy Glazier takes pride in all techniques used even when creating canvases out of linen for her masterpieces.  The study of animal anatomy insures better techniques when it comes to getting every detail of the subject.  In addition to the study of animal anatomy, direct studies of the earth itself have developed a unique technique for getting those minute details.  Continually learning and combining new techniques with the old allows for an exceptional example of how nature can come to life with the right artist.

As the viewer looks at the painting, the viewer experiences the scene as a whole.  The viewer takes a step in nature before some of the most majestic animals on the planet.  Even the smell comes forth making each painting an experience instead of just a painting to appreciate.  Every aspect of nature is captured allowing for maximum enjoyment by the viewer.  Nancy Glazier is one artist that has developed a reputation for realistic, lively, and breath-taking painting comparable with popular artists of the past.

While the artist was raised in Wyoming, the artist now resides in the beauty that is Montana.  While within the finest country on Earth, the artist continues to study and learn about nature and animals to bring viewers a better piece of art.  From lovely wolves to spectacular horses, every oil painting shows the animal at one in nature.  Nothing compares to the splendor captured so perfectly on canvas.

As a child, favorite animals were dogs and horses just like many girls.  However, those favorites became a career as the study of animal anatomy and natural scenes took bloom.  Nancy Glazier is a true artist that captures the very essence of the scene.  Every animal comes to life, and every landscape moves with the wind and the sun.

Respecting nature takes on a whole new meaning as Nancy Glazier brings nature and animals to life on canvas.  Whether on homemade linen canvas or another medium, each delicate oil painting takes on a life completely of its own.  Few artists have the ability to make animals come to life like this amazing artist that keeps on creating amazing masterpieces.

Native American Paintings ( 1 )

Native American paintings have been a favorite for many.  There are hundreds of indigenous cultures in North America that have been beautifully captured on canvas.  Many of the artists are from one of the tribes they feature in their art.  Others have grown up in this culturally rich environment and have developed a passion and a respect for those early civilizations.  History depicts and captured several of them that most are innately familiar with, such as the Navajo, the Sioux, the Cherokee, the Plains, and the Blackfoot Indians.   

This art brings forth a life remembered from long ago.  Native American paintings can be very moving to the viewers and their colorful stories touch a part of each one's soul differently.  Some have a powerful meaning behind them, while others are of the simplicity of their natural life style.  Many of the artists create a vision of the past that draw people into what the experiences of life of these indigenous people were and the trials they had to endure.  These Native American paintings may show peace and harmony amongst the tribes or they may portray them during war or famine.  What is truly a breathtaking piece to one person may exude a feeling of pain or sorrow to another.  This style of art is almost never ordinary in context.  The artists gravitate to the authenticity of period clothing, their exquisite quill work, their supremely skillful beading on clothing, and the intricately masterful wood carvings.

There are many aspects of these cultures to choose from.  Many enjoy the landscapes showing the Indians traveling or hunting.  Probably one of the most popular choices is of the portrayal of an individual.  This may be of an elder or tribal leader or of a child at play.   The realistic details of the purity of a child or the harsh reality of being a tribal leader are easily felt through the formation of shapes and the use of different textures through meticulously, determined brush strokes.  Animals are another form popular for painters to depict.  Spirituality and animals are very much one and the same.  Indians believed that the earth and its creatures were a gift to be honored, loved, and respected.  "Native American isn't blood; it is what is in the heart, the love for the land, the respect for it, for those who inhabit it; and the respect and acknowledgement of the spirits and the elders.  That is what it is to be Indian."  This is a quote from the late White Feather, a Navaho Medicine Man.

Many will choose Native American paintings that highlight these peoples in prayer and worship or that have a religious and spiritual topic.  The intricate detailing that the artists put into the composition of their facial features combined with the delicateness of interpreting their cultural heritage, and putting it onto the canvas is what draws an emotional response from a viewer.  It is like the human soul bonds with the work of art in a way that no one can describe.  Native American paintings are so captivating on such a raw, genuine, spiritual level.  A true example of this expression can be found on pieces like 'A Prayer In The Forest' by Robert Duncan, 'I Am Crow' by Kirby Sattler, 'Wolf Robe - Cheyenne' by Wendelin, and 'Eternal Soul Mates' by Lee Bogle.  Viewing these pieces will give the potential buyer an idea as to what has just been described.

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Oil Paintings ( 9 )

Arising in the 15th century due to growing popularity, oil painting was not a commonly used technique among the artistic culture. Widely used in European art expression, this method of creating portraits normally required linseed oil. This type of oil was made by being boiled with a pine resin or frankincense. The traditional method of this style was applied to a medium of drying oil with paint pigments by using a paintbrush, a rag, or a palette knife.

 

The foundation of an oil painting starts off with the artist sketching their desired design upon the given canvas with thinned paint or charcoal; once the sketch is complete, the artist may then begin pairing. In order for the portrait to come out properly, multiple layers of paint must be applied to the piece, and this application is referred to as flat over lean. With each new layer brushed over the next, the new coating must possess more oil than the underlying layer in order for the work to dry properly.  If this is not done correctly, the result of the final portrait will be peeling, cracking, and the piece will be of no use.

 

Through the centuries various surfaces have been used for oil painting, such as paper, slate, pressed wood, wooden panels, cardboard, and linoleum. Even with the numerous elements which were made usable to artists worldwide, the most popular medium since the 16th century has been canvas. A canvas was made of two fabrics, the less expensive cotton and more traditional linen, which were stretched across a wooden frame referred to as a strainer or stretcher. After stapling and sizing the canvas it was then covered with animal glue (commonly rabbit skin glue) and coated with white colored lead paint, which was at times mixed with chalk.

 

In early ears of oil painting the means of transpiration where limited due to the fact that designers had to create their own raw materials needed to paint. Having this restriction placed upon their creativity often had many artists confined to studios instead of being out in the world and producing their work. Later in the 1800s oil paints became portable by being placed in tubes, this meant that no longer did artists have to stay in studios to create their pieces, but allowing them to observe and paint at the same time. Having mobility to go where they please was not the only benefactor that tubed oil paint provided, it also allowed artists to mix colors with ease and rather quickly.

 

> Many different techniques and uses of oil painting have developed since their European use in the 15th century. Artists today still use the traditional method, and others have created new techniques when using this style. Expanding from Egg tempera, to Fresco, and wet-on-wet, new ingenious ways to produce oil paint based work is being experimented with as one might speak. As long as imagination thrives and pulsates through the artistic generations, never-ending means of self-definition will always be projected in our society.

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Photos On Canvas ( 3 )

Photos on canvas are one of the many new art forms that have been developed as technology has made advancements.  The amazing results of putting photos on canvas has started catching on as a beautiful way to decorate, share real life scenes, and display images of people in a room at home, or in the business world.  This art form turns two dimensional pictures into exquisite pieces of art.

 

Art work has always provided for enhancing the atmosphere in a home or office by adding to the overall ambiance.  There is no better way to give a unique modern appeal to a room than displaying photos on canvas.  They bring various aspects of real life into an otherwise sterile environment.  They can be displayed through various mediums.  The majority of the time they are stretched across wooden frames.  They can also be used to create new and even more unique art forms when combined with other types of art in deco collages.  This new way to display pictures can be hung on the wall, set on a table or desk, or used to decorate a door or sign.  In fact, they could be used in place of a sign to provide a functional piece of art to entertain and delight customers, co-workers, family members, and guests. 

 

Using real life scenes on the stretched cotton material is a great way to bring the natural beauty of the outdoors into your daily indoor life.  It provides the illusion of removing the walls and putting you in the remarkable places that are depicted in the scenes.  From majestic buildings of antiquity to naturalistic scenes of the world's physical wonders, the pictures that are created in this amazing new venue stir the core of a person's being.  This effect is made even more vivid when the picture on the material is stretched on a wooden frame to produce a three dimensional effect.  Purchasing this type of art is well worth the expense.

 

In addition to the natural and manmade wonders that are depicted in many pictures, the life that photos on canvas can bring to the faces of the subjects is incredible.  They seem so close and personal when depicted in this medium.  Unusual and exotic people are sometimes pictured in this amazing new art form, and they seem to draw you to another place and time as you reminisce over the beauty and memories depicted.  Since these artful pictures can be produced in color, black and white, or sepia tone, the effect they provide and the atmosphere they create can be manipulated to suit any room or office space.  As in the art forms of old, this new method lifts the spirit and connects the souls of people while bringing a modern feel to the experience.

 

The possibilities are endless for the uses of this combination of the relatively new, pictures, with the old medium, canvas.  Just fifty years ago this art form was almost inconceivable.  Today photos on canvas are popping up in office buildings and family rooms all over the world.  People are finding the pleasure of combing the relatively new art form of taking pictures with the old medium of stretched cotton material.  Progress in the world of art brings unfathomable rewards to the people who embrace it.

 

 

 

 

Picasso ( 4 )

Pablo Picasso lived from 1881-1973.  He was born in Spain, and had experience with painting, stage designing, sculpting, and more.  His father was a professor of drawing, and he became his student at the age of 10. He touched on many different styles of art in his time alive, including dabbling in expressionist painting, but is most well-known for a few in particular.  He is well known for, and in fact helped develop the style known as cubism. This style of painting focuses on nearly deconstructing the item of focus in order to see it from multiple sides at the same time. One of his cubist paintings is entitled Ambroise Vollard, and depicts a cubist rendition of the art dealer. This was painted in 1910 and seems to show the man almost sleeping, with eyes closed, and including mostly neutral colors.  This was an example of the analytical cubism, which did tend to include monochromatic color schemes and a focus on the subject, instead of any bright colors.

Synthetic cubism began to introduce collaged items into the paintings, and again, Picasso has several examples of this kind of work in his portfolio. “Guitar, Sheet Music and Glass”, created in 1912, included wallpaper, a corner of sheet music, and an abstract picture of a glass. This particular version of cubism helped set the stage for modern art for ages to come. 

Of course, one can hardly mention Picasso and cubism without mentioning one of his most well-known works, his 1937 “Guernica”. A response to the horrific Nazi bombing of the town with the same name, and the killing of 1600 citizens, this bleak tragedy is depicted in a monochromatic color scheme, in order to suggest the bleakness of this senseless act.

While he had plenty of paintings of darker things, he did also spend time focusing on the lighter side of life.  He did some portraits in a number of different styles, and of course, there are at least a few self-portraits in the mix.

Picasso also had a series of very simple line drawings. Some of these focused on an individual animal. The Owl, The Camel, and The Dog are all examples of this style of his work, and are depicted in a brief line-drawing as the representation, almost just an outline of the particular animal.  Some of the drawings are a little more minimalistic, like those mentioned above, which are just black on white. Some of them become a little more detailed and bring a splash of color, like “Hands With Bouquet”. This picture has, as indicated, a picture of hands clutching a bouquet of bright flowers.  While the hands are black and white, even the stems provide a burst of color, as their depiction is in various shades of green.

Picasso was a very talented artist, and nearly everyone could find something they like from among his work, as he touched on so many different styles. While he had a very productive history, all such things must come to an end, and he died of a heart attack on April 8, 1973.

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Prints & Reproductions ( 26 )

In order to give both artists and their designs multiple outlets in means of creation, various reproduction methods have been invented throughout history. Even in this day and age of modern technology the art community continues to develop new ideas as to manufacturing their perception and outlook on the world in which we live. Providing a stable foundation for these techniques to build upon though, are more accustomed methods such as lithograph prints, art on metal, serigraph prints, giclees, and oil paintings, just to name a few.

Reproduction by using oil paints has remained among the art culture for centuries, dating back to times earlier then the 15th century. For a piece to be created by using this technique a designer normally begins with sketching their drawing upon paper, cotton or linen fabric canvas, which is stapled to and sized by a wooden frame. Before painting upon the canvas, oil paints are mixed with another resin or oil to generate a slower, faster, or thinner oil paint.

Once applying the paint, a fat over lean skill is used to give each layer a denser consistency of paint so that the final piece doesn't peel or crack. In the drying stage of this method the piece dries by oxidation rather than evaporation, and normally isn't considered fully dried until 60 to 80 years after being painted.

Starting to become a more widely used reproduction craft of creating designs, portraits, drawings, etc. is the giclee technique. Giclees, named by Jack Duggane who worked for Graham Nash, obtained popularity due to his continual use of the method with an IRIS printer to give his work a higher resolution value and enhanced detailing.  Illustrations that were originally simple drawings, computer-generated art, or photographs could be amplified by using prepress proofing inkjet printers for their final images, which eventually led to prints being printed upon other materials such as metal.

Evolving reproduction by giclees offered opportunity for artists to shift their work to other materials such as metal, which some might refer to as art on metal. The duplication of original pieces to sheets of metal allowed them to be seen from a rather unique view. Having a smooth surface and the design being depicted in various graduations drew attention to detailing that might not have been able to be seen if it were on a regular canvas. If a piece was a simple silhouette, the metal could reflect the image and add depth to the piece.

Achieving wide spread popularity in Europe was a reproduction style that at first demanded a common limestone canvas, and it is known as the lithograph technique.  In its early years of use the traditional medium was limestone, today this process can be performed upon paper, mylar, printing plates, polyester, or aluminum, depending on the piece. When using limestone the image was sketched upon a wax or oil coated element rather than simple fabrics or paper so that proper bonding of the elements was able to take place. In a modern use the lithograph process is used to mass produce maps, books, newspapers, and posters.

Developing from China and stretching to Europe and the United States was a reproduction style that is used to express a more rebellious nature in society on artistic views with economic and social disarray. 

The serigraph style has two methods of production, which are the traditional style and a stencil style. The traditional style uses a mesh fabric, a screen, and a flood bar. The screen separates the design from the ink, while the flood bar works ink into the open areas in the design as it is pulled back and forth.

The stencil style takes a more technical approach by the design being drawn or applied to an overlay. Then the image is exposed to UV light that passes through the open areas and polymerization of the emulsion on the design begins to take place, and after this, the final image is ready to be shown. Even though many artists use this style, the most renowned creator known for his serigraph stencil work is Andy Warhol. He has not only had his pieces shown in many exhibits, but they can also be seen all over the streets in which we walk today.

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Religious Art ( 0 )

The term religious art really encompasses a variety of beliefs or schools of thought. However, many people would readily think of Judeo-Christian pieces if someone were to mention religious art. This type of art has been around for centuries. Whether they are in the form of paintings in Cathedrals and chapels or sculptures depicting prominent people of faith or religious events, they pepper the landscapes of many cities all over the world.

This type of artwork is really in the eye of the beholder, as religion can be viewed differently from person to person. Many artists try to capture what they believe to be sights, visions or retelling of stories of gods and goddesses alike. The artist may choose to use canvas or sculpture to portray their work. One very popular piece of religious art would be the painting titled “Creation of Adam” painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Another example would be of the “Madonna” which was painted by Gentile da Fabrino. A well-known sculpture is one called “The Good Shepard”. These are centuries old examples of this type of work, but ones that many people are familiar with.

Even though many people would relate religious art to Judeo-Christian work, the term spans many religions and faiths. It may be sculptures of Buddha, pieces relating to Mother Earth, or of Zeus who is considered to be the god of the sky in ancient Greece, or Venus the goddess of love, and the list is really endless. Many artists have studied these old pieces to gain inspiration from and create their own pieces. This type of work remains as popular as it ever has, if not more so.

Many people choose to decorate their homes, office spaces and even gardens with religious art that represents their faith or beliefs. It is not uncommon to see a statue of Saint Francis Assisi in gardens where animals are abundant as he is referred to as being the patron saint of animals. Many people adorn their homes with crosses as well. Some depict the crucifixion, while others display an empty cross, which is a representation of the risen Christ. Portraits of Jesus and Mary, his mother, are also very popular pieces. People are also drawn to paintings or sculptures of angels. They are said to be messengers from God and many people use them as symbols of loved ones that have passed away. Some would say that the representation of the angel brings them peace, and that would explain their vast popularity among people of many faiths.

Another example of this type of work would be sculptures of Nativity paintings. During the Holiday season, Nativity scenes, which represent the birth of Jesus, are seen in homes, businesses, and churches all across the country. They typically have Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, but can also have many more pieces. That could also be said during the Easter season. A cross is displayed in front of many churches as a representation of the cross that Jesus was crucified on. Examples of these are also displayed in paintings that many people have in their homes. This type of artwork is something that brings comfort to people who hold their faith near to their hearts.

Renoir ( 2 )

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, France in February of 1841, but moved to Paris with his family in 1844.  He was Léonard Renoir and Marguerite Merlet’s sixth child. In 1854, he started working in a Parisian porcelain factory, where his talent eventually led him to doing designs on China. Here he got experience with the springy, light colors he would eventually focus on with his Impressionistic artwork.  He began studying with Charles Gleyre in the early 1860s, and there met Claude Monet, Jean-Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley and formed lasting friendships. They painted in the Barbizon district and he became a leading member of the group meeting at the Cafe Guerbois, who became known as the Impressionists. Around this same time, he enrolled at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and remained there as well for several years.

Monet and Renoir, in particular, were quite close at this point, and they painted a series in 1869 of a place called La Grenouillere, which are considered the classic examples of the early Impressionist style statements. There are seven known to the general public today. These paintings are on relatively small canvases. The less polished execution is typical of work done out of doors, while trying to capture the important details of the picture in fleeting light conditions.

Another well-known work of his, Le Moulin de la Galette, was shown at the 1877 Impressionist exhibit, along with 20 other of his works. Painted in 1876, this oil on canvas painting is located in France at the Musée d'Orsay, while a second, smaller version, has been sold in recent history. It is a painting depicting people engaged in joyful recreation, where young French people would come and congregate at a dance hall, and weather permitting, the courtyard located directly behind it. The painter used the faces of his friends for many of the people in the painting, although he did use a few models. Basically, he grouped together a number of meticulously organized portraits in order to present this painting.

Renoir dealt with a number of physical ailments in his later years. A broken arm due to a bicycle fall in 1897 exacerbated his arthritis, and he dealt with nerve atrophy in one eye, as well. He was in a wheelchair by 1910 and was by that point dealing with significant deformation in his hands.

Towards the end of his life, the artist gave sculpture a try. Venus Victorious by the painter and an assistant named Richard Guino, is six foot eight and shows the goddess holding the golden apple Paris awarded her. The goddess Venus in this sculpture is modeled on the one in the painting The Judgement of Paris, which portrayed a scene from the classic Greek myth, where Venus participated in a competition, in the hopes of winning the golden apple. Of course, due to his physical limitations of the time, the painter was relegated to directing his assistant.

Renoir died in December 1919, but it was a heart attack, not his other medical issues that was to blame. Two of his sons, Jean and Claude, were with him when he died, and the five million franc estate was left to his three sons.

Rod Chase ( 0 )

Known as a photorealist, Rod Chase and his beautiful paintings are known for the way that they capture the subject matter so realistically that they could easily be mistaken for a very well taken photograph.  Photography plays a big role in this type of artwork.  Photorealism simply means that the information is gathered using a camera.  In order to begin working on a piece, the artist will begin to take many different types of photos during different times of the day in order to capture different light.  Photographs will be taken from different angles as well.  By selecting many different shots of the scene in different types of light and during the changing aspects of weather throughout the day, a portrait begins to emerge unlike any before it.  This is the magic that Rod Chase creates. 

He is known for doing landscapes in foreign countries as well as capturing the natural treasures right here in the United States.  He has done photorealism portraits of the White House and the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.  These are only a few of the many that he has produced.  His travels found him in Italy where he captured the beauty of Venice and its romance along with the St. Peter’s Basilica. 

He is originally from Canada, but he became a United States citizen in 1999.  He now resides in Texas with his wife and their five children.  Rod Chase has said that his love for this country can be attributed to the reason why he continues to do portraits featuring the natural monuments and buildings here in this country.  He paints in many different areas of interest such as military, Americana, patriotic, architecture, cityscapes, and landscapes.  Each of his paintings is done with a quality and timeless beauty that is surpassed by none. 

The Texas Capitol building, as well as a quaint English cottage, is among many of his paintings.  One of the most recognizable places in Texas, The Alamo, has also been captured by Rod Chase and his photorealism art.  He has also captured the essence of the Statue of Liberty and the Jefferson Memorial. 

Perhaps one of the most striking things about a painting by Rod Chase is the way that each portrait captures a certain type of light which reflects the mood of the moment.  Whether it is light glistening on a reflective canal in Venice or the wonder of San Pietro at dusk, his use of light is remarkable. 

When a painting can be so realistic that it appears to be a photograph, this is the work of an extraordinarily talented artist.  How appropriate it is that something that was once feared by artists, such as photography, has found a way to become an integral partner with artistic expression.  When photography was in its infancy, many of the artists of that period were afraid that their work would no longer be valued or in demand because of it.  It is nice to see how the two can merge into a beautiful art form that is so completely beautiful and unique.

Seascape Paintings ( 0 )

Perhaps no other image has been captured as often as seascapes.  Everyone loves the ocean and the waves and its mystical allure.  Merely looking at a photograph or painting that captures these giant bodies of water can transport you to a lazy beach on a sunny summer day.  Many people report that, by standing in front of this type of an image, they immediately feel calmer and more relaxed.  It’s no wonder that the popularity of this type of a scene is so high.

Imagine going on vacation and taking many photographs of the ocean from the balcony of your room or villa, and then returning home to have them printed.  You could opt to have your seascapes printed on many different types of surfaces from the traditional photo paper to something much more modern and artistic such as photographic canvas.  Any photo of the ocean would make a lovely printed transfer onto canvas, but it would have so much more meaning and reflection if it were your own picture taken at a time when memories were being made.

Seascapes often include the massive waves as they roll in and out during the day and night.  Many times there will be depictions of snow white beaches and blue waters with white caps.  You also see many of these types of paintings and photos that include seashells on the beach.  Many include seagulls and various types of birds that are indicative of those that are often found by the shore.

Other seascapes include lighthouse paintings on the bank overlooking the majestic ocean and lighting the way for the sailors.  Over the years, this has been a favorite of people who collect this type of art.  Each lighthouse has a story to tell and is extremely unique depending on what area it is located.  Some are historic, and most are now just landmarks as they aren’t used for what they were originally intended any longer. 

Among the many types of seascapes that you will encounter, you will find that there are more than a fair share of them that have captured sunrise and sunset.  There truly is nothing more beautiful than the sun rising over the horizon and reflecting on the ocean bringing with it the promise of another sun filled day.  Of course, sunset is always thought of as being very romantic and inspiring, so you will find many images of this as well.  Sunset often presents various different hues of colors in the sky that contrast well with the ocean and the reflection of the water. 

It is impossible to go into an art shop or any store that carries photographs, paintings, or pictures and not see this type of ocean scene.  These great bodies of water are beautiful whether they are painted in oil or water based paint, photographed and framed, or displayed beautifully on a tapestry or canvas.  No matter how you choose to display and enjoy the roar of the ocean, you can be sure that you are not the only one gazing at its image and longing to be on its beaches. 

Second Saturday Workshop ( 0 )

Reserve the second Saturday of each month for a free workshop hosted by gallery and foundry owner Lori Betz!

These workshops are offered in order to enrich the community with a hands-on experiecne in art by allowing guests to epxress their creativity in a relaxed yet educational atmosphere.

The workshop is held in the afternoon on every second Saturday of the month at either Betz Art Gallery or Betz Art Foundry.

For more information, e-mail info@betzgallery.com.

We hope to see you there!

Serigraph ( 2 )

A serigraph, or a screen print, is the product of using a stencil and a porous material.  Several artists create them today and they are considered modern art.  They were very popular in the past as well.  The pop art generation made having serigraph pictures an en vogue type of thing.  Even famous artists from that time used the screen printing process to create works of art that will forever be famous.  The merchandising world loves them as well because they are perfect for bags, labels, decals, and more.  This form of art prints has been around for a very long time.  Around the turn of the last century is when it began, and its popularity has been up and down throughout the decades. 

The stenciling origins can be traced back to Japan from an art form called katazome.  The more modern form was used in England in the 1900’s by a man named Samuel Simon.  Finally, it was introduced to America in 1914.  John Pilsworth, a California native, used the process to create multi-colored prints.  The machines and techniques have changed some over the years, but the impact that it made in the art world is still felt today.  A serigraph is still an attention grabber and has passed the test of time.

When a person thinks of a serigraph, more often than not, they think of the one and only Andy Warhol.  Several of his most famous works of art were made using the screen printing process.  Warhol was a pop icon in the 1960’s because of the radical art work that was created.  Warhol very much liked using the screen printing process in order to create these masterpieces.  Nearly everyone can recognize an Andy Warhol painting immediately.  Ever since his fame, there have been many other artists that will say that Warhol was their inspiration.  He brought back the popularity of this kind of art form.  His impact on the art world is still seen today and will continue to be seen for generations to come. 

The industrial world also uses this technique as well.  T-shirt manufacturers all over the world use this to print images and logos on a shirt.  Businesses of all sizes benefit from doing this.  It doesn’t matter if it is a large corporation, or just a one man small business, they can advertise by using the screen print process.  They love using shirts because they are inexpensive to produce and they help spread the name and logo of the company to the public. 

The way this process is performed is really fairly simple.  It begins by using a porous screen that is stretched over a frame.  This material can be silk, polyester, or nylon.  A stencil is used to block the area of the screen that the paint or ink does not need to go on.  It is basically a negative of the image or design that will be put on the screen.  Then the paint or ink is applied in the unblocked areas and is absorbed.  Artists love to make a serigraph because of the creativity in the process, as well as the final results.  This is an art form that will continue to be embraced for many years to come.

The Gathering of Photographers ( 0 )

The Gathering of Photographers               

TGOP SPRING GROUP SHOW
Host:Kevin VandivierPhone:512-636-7134
When:Thursday, March 31 from 07:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where:Betz Fine Art Gallery1208 W. GrayHouston, TX 77019

 

 

 

We will be Opening the first TGOP Houston Group Show and would like for you to join us. We will be awarding up to $5100 in Photo Award Prizes and we also plan on raffling off several very nice prizes throughout the evening, including the "Best of Show Print" to those who choose to support our efforts by buying a raffle ticket, which will be 5$ each. As Usual, we will have goodies and some great wine to go along with the art.

Also, we will have Free Valet Parking Available for this opening.

 

 Hosted by Kevin Vandivier
 

Twelve by Twelve Show ( 0 )

Van Gogh ( 2 )

Almost everyone has heard of Vincent Willem Van Gogh.  He was a Dutch impressionst painter that did a lot of great work in his very brief thirty-seven years of life.  His work is so well known that even those who may not consider themselves artistic aficionados still probably have heard of some his more famous works, such as “Starry Night.”  His work is that popular.  It remains among the top pieces that people want to buy in lithograph form or poster. 

Most of the critics say that the artistic works of Van Gogh became increasingly better and better in the twenty-four month period before he died. He was a pioneer among artists who explored modern painting and he will forever have a spot reserved in the history of paintings.  Born in 1853, he forever changed the art world with his ability to insert raw and earnest emotion in his paintings.  The quality and beauty that he portrayed had a very edgy feel to it.  He also liked color.  The bolder the colors were, the more he was likely to incorporate them into his works of art.

Throughout his lifetime Vincent Van Gogh wore many hats.  His first love was always art, but he was also an art dealer, teacher, missionary and pastor.  He also had a large range of talent which was showcased in the fact that he created a lot of works in just one decade’s time, including over two-thousand paintings of which more than two thirds were watercolor prints and self-portraits, as well as sketched drawings.  His very first work was entitled “The Potato Eaters.”  This work was in stark contrast to what his later works would resemble.  He had not yet ventured into the world of the bolder colors and instead worked with mostly earth toned hues.

Ironically, during his lifetime, he only sold one painting.  That painting was entitled, “Red Vineyard at Arles.”  As with many modern artists, most of the fame and value that his works accrued was posthumously.  It was shortly after this work that he encountered the style of impressionist artists in France.  It was in Arles that he learned to take advantage of the ample amounts of sunshine, and his work began to reflect the sunnier side of everything that he saw through the use of extremely bright colorations. 

After the death of Vincent Van Gogh, his works became more acclaimed and recognizable and heralded as artistic genius.  Second to only Pablo Picasso, his works have sold for the most money in the art world.  They are valued highly. 

His life seemed sad and lonely but his truest love was the way that he saw and conveyed the world around him on canvas.  Vincent Van Gogh did not have any heirs.  He had never had any children but he knew that his legacy would live on through the beautiful works of art that he had left behind.  His death was curiously mysterious, and the truth about what happened may never be known, but the beauty that he left behind in the form of sensational art work shines brightly for all to see.

Vettriano ( 0 )

Vettriano has risen to prominence and has taken art collectors by surprise as he has only recently entered the art world.  Paintings by Vettriano have fetched prices over one million dollars in recent art transactions.  With a later beginning, this self-taught artist began painting after he became an adult.  Scottish born, he has continued to live on the Island and produce highly sought after pieces of art. His works seem to touch a chord in art collectors worldwide today. 

The notable contrasts of basic white, black, and red are a hallmark signature of the paintings by Vettriano.  He uses models to produce paintings that are reminiscent of Hollywood crime films from the 1940s and 1950s.  This film noir theme is replete throughout his repertoire.  These works often feature business men or gangsters and women in suggestive poses.  Other scenes are more subtle, yet always suggest the essence of life in a wealthy society; perhaps even ill-gotten riches.  Always, the scenes are produced in clear, crisp strokes.  The style ignites a feeling of realism, while the subjects of the scenes speak to a surreal world beyond the reach of common man. 

A great example of this tangible, yet intangible aspect of the art by Vettriano is “The Singing Butler”.  One of his most recognizable paintings, this work is of a young wealthy couple dancing outside with a maid and butler waiting on the side opposite each other, each holding an umbrella.  A storm is brewing in the background as the wind whips the clothing off the four of them.  The couple seems unaffected by the approaching tempest.  Their love, and perhaps wealth, lifts them outside of the influences of nature. 

The appeal of his work to the current public psyche could in some ways be related to the literature that is typifies.  The film noir is based off of literature produced in the United States during the great depression.  Because of the current world financial crisis, people desire to escape their struggle for affluence by focusing on great wealth. As in the Great Depression, everyone is looking for some kind of escape from the realities they see all around them.  These paintings allow such an escape.  Oh, to soar out of the grasp of the realities of life into a fantasy world of wealth and hedonism.  This is terrifically appealing to mankind.

Something that is particularly striking about these works are the titles that accompany them.  Their names bring attention to various details in the paintings.  They are almost a play on words that make the viewing even more interesting as the person looking at the painting is enticed to search for the double meaning of the name in the piece.  This element adds intrigue and mystery to the seductive atmosphere in this artist's works. 

All of these aspects in the paintings by Vettriano serve to keep the public interested in his productions.  His ability to present a wealthy, seductive life full of intrigue and mystery transport the art viewer to another world, away from the grim financial depravity of this current life.  This puts his works at the top of the list for contemporary art collectors.

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"Le Quatrro" Artist Reception- Sept 2011

   

Diverse Creations May 2011


Featuring Margo Green-The abstract acrylic canvases of the award-winning artist, a finalist for the 2009 Hunting Art Prize, are seen in jurined exhibitions within Houston and Austin

Sally Stubbs- Prize winning photographer Sally Stubbs exhibits widely in the Houston-Galveston area. Her images transform everyday objects into artful compositions.

Architect Danile Brents, an art lecturer and finalist for the 2009 Hunting Art Prize, exhibits his neo-realist oil paintings nationally and in Houston and Austinrents-

   

"Cowboys" exhibition March 2011

 Betz Gallery presents Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Skeeter Hagler and award winning photo journalist Kevin Vandivier, talk about the creative process Exhibition on display until March 25th

Art In The Heart of Houston" Feb 2011

Artist Richard Eastman talks about his creative process.

Inside the Artists Studio: The abstract works of Lori Betz

   

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Western Oil Paintings ( 2 )

Western oil paintings are truly a piece of Americana.  They are able to depict a time in our country that seems to be slipping by.  Sure, there are still cowboys, but these pieces show them as they once were.  They used to roam our city streets where now cars and SUVs drive down.  It wasn't uncommon to see a herd of cattle going down Main Street, as where now it seems to be done as a tourist attraction rather than much else.  Western oil paintings remind us of a time that wasn't that long ago, and for some in our country, a life they still live.

There are many western oil paintings on the market.  They are available online, in stores, art galleries, and art fairs.  It is quite easy to find one and put a piece of America's history in one's home.  They really do tell a story of the American West.  Back when most of the civilized America, as they called it, was on the East side of the country, there was still so much to be discovered out West.  There were frightening tales of travelers heading West and what they encountered along the way.  There were threats of weather, famine, no access to water, animals they had never encountered before, and mountains that had never been crossed.  It was a wonder why people still ventured across the Mississippi River to see just what was on the other side.  Many Western oil paintings depict the struggle and hardship people faced coming across our nation on horseback or by covered wagon.  People discovered the West so that we can have all that we have today.  Most of them were risking their lives for something better like a better life, more space, and a greater opportunity that they no longer felt they could achieve in the bigger cities of the East.

Another way Western oil paintings portray our past is through the lives of cowboys and the rough and rugged wild frontier.  These paintings or portraits capture the true grit of this time.  They may be portraits of infamous outlaws or famous lawmen of that time.  There were also women of notoriety that have been photographed and painted by numerous artists.  These all help tell us about our past and help us hold on to those memories.

There are most likely more paintings of cowboys and their lives than any other type of Western art.  It is easy to figure out why that is.  There is a mystique that the cowboy life has always carried.  There are true cowboys, even today, and it's a life that has created books, movies, mini-series, and television shows.  Clearly it's a way of life that fascinates most American's.  It was a sometimes a very lonely life.  Other times, it was full of adventure, trials, and triumphs.  There are numerous pieces that depict the dusty cattle drive roaming through the desert plains in search of water.  Other pieces express the fatigue of a long cattle drive as they journey over mountains in waist deep snow or knee deep mud brought about by torrential downpours on already saturated ground.  There are also other amazing pieces of art that show the end of a long day around a camp fire with the sun setting in the background.  No matter what the artist has used for their imagery, they are able to convey their message on to canvas.  Making this type of art some of the most popular type of art and some of the most displayed art in our homes.

Wolf Paintings ( 0 )

Wolf paintings are among some of the more popular of wildlife art.  It may be a portrait of a single wolf or of the pack or a mother with her pups.  The most popular of the aforementioned are lone wolf paintings.  There is something mystical about this animal that seems to summon different feelings from people that no other type of art does.  That may be because these creatures have been feared for so long and not understood.  Fairy tales and popular literature do not help in this animal’s defense either.  They have also been an enemy to livestock, and that is just one of the many reasons these animals have been placed on the endangered species list.  Some of the species have gotten to the point of extinction in some parts of the world.

In the recent years, these animals have been able to pull themselves out of endangerment in many areas in the world and thrive.  Much of that is due to the protection they receive being on the endangered species list, as well as with the help of many conservation groups.  Many conservationists also attribute this to the many wolf paintings and sculptures that have recently been created and displayed.  Some of them tell the story of this animal and the cycle of survival it has gone through.  Other pieces show its beauty and strength, and some show their vulnerability.  Even as ferocious as they may appear, there is a vulnerability to them that it seems only artists are able to convey to the rest of us.  It is easy to see why wolf paintings are so popular.

In our lives, most of us will never get that close to a wolf, let alone, see their different personalities.  Wolf paintings do that for us.  They can show the many sides to this animal we may never have the opportunity to see.  Many cultures see this animal as an animal of strength, a survivor, and a leader.  They have named their leaders after this incredible animal in their own native tongue as an honor.

There are many different types of artistic works when it comes to these animals.  From sculptures, statues, figurines, and paintings, these animals are portrayed in many different ways.  There are also many positive books explaining the necessity of these animals to our wildlife.  There are beautiful photographs that some very talented photographers have been able to take of these creatures in the wild.
 
Maybe one of the reasons that artists can portray these animals so accurately is because they can relate to them in some small way.  These animals are survivors, many coming back from almost complete extinction.  We have all heard the term struggling artists, and these animals have seen many struggles of their own.  They travel in packs, much like human families, and most of us can relate to that as well.  Most artists also have a way of seeing into the heart of their subjects better than the rest of us.  That's what makes art, art.  That is also what has made these animals such a treasured piece of art in one's home.

“Aqueous Transmission” Sculpture ( 0 )



 
“Aqueous Transmission” Sculpture on a grand scale Artist Reception August 13th from 6pm-9pm

Also Presenting



 
 
As the summer is coming to an end and fall looms in the near future Betz Gallery is celebrating the coming cooler season by hosting an outdoor sculpture exhibition.   Artist Miguel Nacias from 34th street foundry, and the large welded art of artist Jonatan Lopez. Also a few new works in bronze by resident artist Lori Betz.
 
The exhibition, which opens with a public reception on Saturday August 13th, from 6-9 p.m., includes a variety of constructed and mixed media large scale sculptures. Artist and gallery owner Lori Betz commented “ I am a huge fan of the sculptures by artist Miguel and Jonatan and I love seeing art work on a grand scale like this.  I will also be showcasing some of my new bronze sculptures from my “Dancer” Series inside the gallery.  These bronze sculptures are of the Dominic Walsh dancers.  We are completely redoing our courtyard for this exhibition and we are hoping to offer art lovers a fun environment along with a lot of very cool sculptures”.  The sculpture garden at Betz Gallery is going to become a permanent feature of the gallery but the art presented at this show will only be here until August 31st, 2011.

We are also excited about giving art lovers one more chance to view the 12x12 art work presented inside the HHAC art tent at White Linen Night in the Heights.

 

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