March 22, 2017:  It has been a while since you have heard from me. January and February have become months of reorganizing and recovering from the Fall shows. I had one of my Tucson doors on metal in the Contemporary Art Show at the Library in Cave Creek. I will be having one of my flower photos in a 16x16 canvas shown in a gallery in Carefree for the month of April.

I have been working with my committee planning the Arizona Sage Art Market, coming up in December and/or February. More about that later.

I am also working on incorporating some quilt tops from the 1920's and 1930's into my bags and calling them "Purses with Provenance". It's wonderful to see the progression of certain fabrics from feed sacks, to clothing, to quilts, and now to messenger bags! It's the ultimate recycling.

Stay tuned!
October 24, 2016

I am gearing up for the upcoming Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour in Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale, AZ.  188 artists will be exhibiting in 47 studios scattered throughout the area. I will be exhibiting at Studio #27, Pat's Glass Studio.  New items this year are my photo messenger bags and photos on aluminum.  The dates are Nov. 18-20 and Nov. 25-27.  Please stop by!

I will also be participating in a Holiday Show called the Arizona Sage Art Market, and it will take place on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3.  There will be 40 artists, and it is a juried show.  The show will take place at the Foothills Community Foundation, on 60th St. in North Scottsdale, next to the YMCA.  It is a beautiful indoor venue.
June 11, 2016:   My latest project is putting my photos on the flaps of the messenger bags which I sew.  They come in 3 sizes, and it has been great fun matching fabric with the photo to get just the right effect.  They will be for sale at the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour in Carefree/Cave Creek/Scottsdale AZ, the last two weekends in November.

March 10, 2016:

GREAT NEWS!  I have started putting my photos on fabric, and showcasing them in an entirely different way.  I am sewing messenger bags with my "photo" fabric.  They will eventually come in 3 sizes: mini, midi, and maxi.  Shown here is the first of many to come.  I used a photo of a bed of flowers taken at Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, BC.  It will be great fun to continue to match my photos with an amazing variety of fabric covers.  This messenger bag has 3 inside pockets, one with a zipper, a magnetic closure, and an adjustable strap, so that it can be worn cross-body or on the shoulder.  There will be more to come!
February 8, 2016

January was a quiet month, and a time for reflection.  I am pleased to announce that I won second place in the Carefree Desert Gardens Photo Contest. The winning photos are on display for public voting at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek.  Mine is #16. If you are in the area, come and see all the entries and vote for your favorite!
I have started doing some experimentation with making messenger bags, with the idea of putting some of my photos on fabric, and making them into bags.  The first one turned out great!  It has 5 pockets, and is very handy for carrying laptops, iPads, notebooks, etc., plus a lot of other stuff.  It is big! I will now be trying them in different sizes and eventually, to put my photos on the fabric I use.  Stay tuned!

December 22, 2015 -- Well, a month long series of shows is over, and it is a time for rest and reflection.  The two weekends of Hidden in the Hills studio tour was fantastic. I met so many interesting people, and got to talk about my art.  What could be better than that?  The Arizona Sage Art Market was a wonderful event (I was on the organizing committee).  It was indoors, had juried artists, and no item was over $300.  It was its first year, and we are already planning for next year!  The Holiday Artisan Market at El Pedregal went for 3 days, and it was outdoors.  It was cold and we had some rain, but there were enough brave souls that attended, making the show a great success.

So now it is time to enjoy the holiday season, and get some much needed rest!  In January, I will be starting to work on some new projects.  Be on the lookout for some jewelry (what?) and some more items made with my photos on fabric.

Happy New Year!

Betsy's Blog

November 8, 2015:

I have been very busy preparing for 3 upcoming shows:
1. Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour -- Nov. 20,21,22 and Nov. 27, 28, and 29
2. Arizona Sage Art Market -- Saturday, December 5.
3. Holiday Artisan Market -- December 11-13.

Please see details on these events on my "Upcoming Events" page.
I would love to see you at any of these events!