As a child growing up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State’s textile-rich Mohawk Valley region, Betsy Johnston wove countless potholders and throw rugs. After graduation from SUNY Oneonta, she lived in Dublin, Ireland, where she was introduced to weaving. She continued weaving in Manhattan’s garment district and subsequently became an award winning juried artist. When not at work as a Registered Nurse or biking long distances, Betsy can be found at one of her four looms, Janome sewing machine, spinning wheel, or knitting, crocheting, or doing bead work. Johnston’s work is available for purchase in our BCA gift shop.
With & Against the Grain
January 9 - February 17, 2018
OFTA Gallery Talk 10am Wednesday, January 10
Opening Reception 5-7pm Friday, January 12
10-11:30am & 11:30am-1pm Saturday, January 13
Doc, Dr. Lawrence A. Wiedman, PhD is a landlocked Midwesterner who grew up to be a marine paleo-ecologist. For the past 25 years, he has taught Geology and Biology while directing the Environmental Science Programs at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to that, he was the chair of the Department of Geology at Monmouth College. His 35-year research interests center on the world’s third largest barrier reef complex off Andros, an island in the Bahamas. Wiedman focuses on assessing the health of coral reefs. A self-taught wood carver since 1980, he has developed his folk art style depicting a unique perspective on nature and strives to show motion and emotion in each of his pieces.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of edible objects like fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish. That is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject.
Pictured above are Lincoln School first grade students displaying the self portraits they created with some of their favorite treats!