Art can be soothing and it can be energetic. It can convey emotions, recount history or bring forth new ideas. For some artists, art can be an outlet to help the artist work through thoughts, feelings, and life experiences.
Betty Clark’s paintings are the way in which she dialogues and reflects on events, particularly the changes in and around her life. In her words, paintings are “cathartic, and bring me back to myself. It’s the way I have found to compact into a singular form, what I have observed and learned, thought, and felt about a personal experience or an event in the larger world.”
After attending Agnes Scott College and graduating with Honors from Georgia State University, Betty moved to Black Mountain, NC in 1983, where she set up a small studio, eventually relocating it to the River Arts District. Today her Asheville studio is in an industrial complex north of downtown.
Considered among the premier painters in the region, Betty was honored with a solo show in Stockholm, Sweden in 2016. Her work has also been featured in solo exhibitions at The William King Museum in Abingdon, VA, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Black Mountain, NC, and Chelsea Gallery, Western Carolina University, and the Asheville Art Museum. Betty has been in many group exhibitions including Studio 354’s World Trade Center Memorial Fund Exhibition in Brooklyn, the Mobile Museum of Art, and the Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta. Her paintings are part of public and corporate collections in Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Sweden, Japan and Asheville.
In Betty’s expansive studio, she has space to paint large pieces and room to stand back and view them. The studio is well organized, which allows ease as you explore her inventory of completed works. A cozy sitting area welcomes visitors. On one side of the room a few encaustic pieces offer a conversation about that process. Paintings, both large and small, draw you in with their depth and detail. This location is still mostly undiscovered by tourists. Go with Art Connections to meet Betty Clark and see her inspiring pieces for yourself.