You should see my sequin collection! They're almost too wonderful to use, but sequins, beads, buttons, bottle caps, puffy paint, and trinkets are the "frosting" on my quilts. The embellished surface on a quilt thrills me and is my favorite part of my artistic process. Most of my quilts are machine appliquéd and quilted with the embellishment applied by hand. The themes of my quilts are whimsical--life today needs a bit of brightening. I often use chickens or chicken feet in my work--who can resist those scaly little feet?

I was born in New Mexico and raised in West Texas and I think that has influenced my love of the outlandish. I have been making art quilts for almost forty years, while raising two wonderful, creative children. My husband Laurie and I live in central, Colorado and part of the year in rural New Hampshire. My quilts have been exhibited internationally and are in many private and public collections. I regularly accept commissions for sparkly and whimsical quilts for the wall.




Meet Betsy personally in her studio by clicking the above video link.





SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS

2014
Invited Artist, First Glance, Second Look, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.
Featured Speaker and Workshop Leader, "Dia de los Muertos, Rancho de la Puerta, Tecate, Mexico.

2013
Glennie Coombe Gallery, Paonia, CO.

2012
Dia de los Muertos, Longmont Museum, Longmont CO.
Dia de los Muertos, Firehouse Museum, Longmont CO.
Glennie-Coombe Gallery, Paonia, CO.
various commissions

2011
America Celebrates, Traveling Exhibit, Invitational.
Third Annual Day of the Dead Show, Studio 12, Denver CO.
Glennie-Coombe Gallery, Paonia, CO.

2010
Art of Quilting, Designs From Around the World, Penn Publishing, Ltd., Invitational.
America Celebrates, Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO, Invitational.
Glennie-Coombe Gallery, Paonia, CO.

2009
Colors of Life, Carnegie Arts Center, Alliance, NE, Juried.
Glennie Coombe Gallery, Paonia, Colorado, Invitational.
Connecting Threads, Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO, Juried.
Don't Fence Me In, Traveling Exhibit, Invitational.

2008
Bead International, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH, Juried.
Don't Fence Me In, Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO, Invitational.
Altered Threads, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO, Juried.

2007
Hot Cars, Cool Jazz, Rocky Mountain Quilt Muserm, Longmont, CO, Invitational.

2006
Fabric, Furniture & Furnishings, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, Steamboat Springs , CO , Juried.
Material Matters, Kimball Art Center , Park City , UT , Juried.

2005
Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum , Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO, Permanent Collection.
The Piecemakers, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, CO, Invitational.
Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO, Invitational.              

2004 
The Piecemakers, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, CO, Invitational.
Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO, Invitational.

2003
Western Material, Metro Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO, Juried.
Elements, Front Range Contemporary Quilters, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO and traveling, Juried.

2002
Threads Of Memory: Narrative Fibers, Metro Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO, Invitational.
Potluck, Longmont Museum and Gallery, Longmont , CO and traveling, Invitational.
Art=Quilt=Art, The Dairy, Boulder, CO, Invitational.
Oz Architecture Gallery, Denver, CO,  Invitational.

2001
Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe , NM , Invitational.
TuB’Shvat:  The New Year of Trees, Janice Epstein Gallery, Jewish Community Center,  West Bloomfield, MI, Invitational.
Crafts National, Pennsylvania State University , State College , PA , Juried.
The Landscape of Contemporary Quilting II, Denver International Airport, Denver, CO, Juried.

2000
The Piecemakers, Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe , NM , Invitational.
TuB’Shvat:  The New Year of Trees, Portland Jewish Museum, Portland , OR , Invitational
Front Range Contemporary Quilters, Lakewood Arts Center, Lakewood, CO, Juried.

PUBLICATIONS

1998
Great American Quilts 1998, Oxmoor Press.
Quilters Newsletter Magazine, April 1998, Leman Publications.

ONE WOMAN EXHIBITIONS

1983
Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood , OH .


CORPORATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2004 Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO
2000
Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO
1999
Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO
1998
Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO
           College Hill Library, Westminster, CO
1996
Storage Technology Corporation, Louisville, CO

Jane Burch Cochran
Barbara Cohen
Patty Hawkins
Do Palma
Carol Watkins
Charlottle Ziebarth

 

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