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College Library Presents the Work of Artist Betsy Kent

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The Hinkle Library at Alfred State will display watercolor and painted silk artwork by Betsy Kent during the month of February

silk painting by Betsy KentThe Hinkle Library at Alfred State is pleased to present the work of noted western New York artist Betsy Kent during the month of February. The exhibit will feature her watercolor paintings and painted silk pieces.

Kent studied art at Syracuse University, graduating in 1996. While there she participated in a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, and it was there she learned the technique of painting on silk.

Her art is “inspired by the light, color, contours, and vitality present in the natural world,” she says. She draws much creative energy from the “shape, strength, variety, and metamorphosis…” of trees, which she has been painting for much of her adult life.

Kent lives and works on her family farm in Andover, NY, along with her husband and three young sons, so finding the time to practice her art is not always easy. She notes that “the contrast between silk painting and watercolor allows me to stay balanced. While one is fast and fluid, the other is slow and controlled. For me, it is all about the process. The end product is just a bonus.”

Kent creates her art in a quiet barn studio built on her property. She also teaches art classes for local children and adults. In November 2011, Ms. Kent showed her work at a solo show at the Artists Knot Gallery in Andover.

For more information on the work of Betsy Kent, visit her web page, http://betsykent.weebly.com/.

The Hinkle Library Gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-7 p.m.; and Sundays, 1- 11 p.m.