The public is invited to an opening reception featuring the works of Traditional Art Guild Artist Betty Christensen from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 in the terminal building at Hot Springs Memorial Field, 525 Airport Road. The collection will remain on display until mid-September.
Always a fine arts major, Christensen sold her first paintings to faculty members while attending high school in Oregon. She studied art and design for several years while attending American River College in Northern California. She then completed her studies at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, graduating in 1970.
For years, she pursued a career in interior design. traveling extensively. Following that, she continued her art education studying with a number of well-known artists whose work she admired. After attending many extension classes, watercolor and mixed media workshops, she went on to teach interior design, illustration and watercolor in the parks department and several community colleges. She was also a longstanding member of the Pacific Northwest Watercolor Association and Puget Sound Art League.
Betty has been accepted into a number of regional and national juried shows, and has received many prestigious awards. She enjoys working in both traditional and non-representational styles using a variety of media. Currently, her work is prominently displayed in many private and public collections.
She strives to motivate and challenge herself and others. Christensen stated that, “The soul has no boundaries . One must continue to expand their horizons intellectually, which will ultimately lead to new paths of expression and new levels of creativity.’
TAG sponsors a new exhibit at the airport each month, and meets monthly at the Garland County Library from September through May. For membership information, contact President Doug Jones 501-915-0994 or traditionalartguild.com .