SoRo’s White River Gallery: Betsey Garand

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Susan B. Apel

Artist Betsey Garand’s hand-pulled prints have found their way from her southern New Hampshire studio to the walls of the White River Gallery, located just off the green in South Royalton VT. Her exhibition, Petroglyphs, Flora and Frenzied Encounters: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand, opened on April 2 and will run until June 15, 2018. An opening reception, with artist talk, is scheduled for this Saturday, May 5, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. 

Continuum XVI, 2018–monotype, cognate, pochoir

Her works are colorful, intricate, and derived from biological forms. Some feature a dominant image, such as Continuum XVI (photo, directly above); others appear to be populated by a number of competing—or is it cooperating?—organisms (below) that float across and out of the frame. All of Garand’s work draws from natural forms; some could be visible to the naked eye while others are reminiscent of the otherwise unknowable world that is discovered by an eye applied to a microscope. 

Betsey Garand is presently Senior Resident Artist at Amherst College in the Department of Art and the History of Art, where she is head of printmaking.  Garand has shown in many exhibitions and in numerous public and private art collections; Dadapost Gallery-Berlin, Germany; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Hammer Museum’s Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts; Arkansas Arts Center; Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku-Japan; Art Museum of Estonia. Awards include a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and fellowships at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and the MacDowell Colony.

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(Featured photo,top, Burrow I, 2018, detail of woodcut, pochoir, woodcut cognate)                                                                                                                                                       

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