BETH KASSAY Sandia Park, New Mexico
ARTIST & OWNER ArtSpaceEast Studio
ART EDUCATOR, PRINTMAKER, PAINTER, MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
1984: BFA ALFRED UNIVERSITY Alfred New York: PRINTMAKING AND PAINTING
2000: POST-BA UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
2021- Present: Bernalillo County Arts Board Member representing District 5
2020- Present: ArtSpaceEast Studio, Owner, Cedar Crest N.M.
1998- Present: Art teacher Albuquerque Public Schools
2005 - 2019 Albuquerque Academy: Summer Honors: Multi-Cultural Visual Art instructor
2008 – 2012: Member: New Grounds Printshop Albuquerque, N.M.
2004 - 2006: Member: Sandia Man Artist CO-OP Sandia Park, N.M.
WOVERHAMPTON COLLEGE, WOLVERHAMPTON, U.K.
PROYECTO ACE, BUERNOS AIRES ARGENTINA
ALFRED UNIVERSITY, ALFRED N.Y.
2022: TIME TO LISTEN: SMALL GROUP EXHIBIT TORTUGA GALLERY, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
2022: WATER IS LIFE, TORTUGA GALLERY ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
2019: SECRET LIVES OF ART TEACHERS, TORTUGA GALLERY ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
2018: ALUMI WORKS ON PAPER: PRINT SHOW, COHEN GALLERY, ALFRED N.Y.
2017: WONDERLAND: BROADWAY SOUTHWEST CULTURAL CENTER, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
2015: MAKING IMPRESSIONS: FIVE G SPACE, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
2011: SUNNY SIDE UP: SOLO EXHIBIT NEW GROUNDS GALLERY, ALBUQUERQUE N.M.
FREE TIME: WOODEN COW GALLERY; ALBUQUERQUE N.M.
ELEMENTARY ART TEACHER EXHIBIT, MASLEY HALL, UNIVERISITY OF N.M.
MADE IN NEW MEXICO; ART WORLD; SARALAS ART CENTRE, CHENAII, INDIA
MASTERWORKS NEW MEXICO, MINIATURE DIVISION; Honorable mention printing
MADE IN NEW MEXICO, OPEN STUDIO, TORONTO, CANADA
MADE IN NEW MEXICO, UNIVERISTY OF TOKYO, JAPAN
MADE IN NEW MEXICO, GALLERY OF LAURENT SCHKOLNYK NANTES, FRANCE
A FOWL AFFAIR, SOLO SHOW, SPRINGPARK GALLERY, WICHITA, KS
A FOWL AFFAIR, SOLO SHOW, NEW GROUNDS GALLERY, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
MADE IN NEW MEXICO, WOLVERHAMPTON COLLEGE, WOLVERHAMPTON, U.K.
MADE IN NEW MEXICO, PROYECTO ACE, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
MADE IN NEW MEXICO, TOKYO NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARTS, TOKYO, JAPAN
2007: LEAVING IMPRESSIONS, SOUTH BROADWAY CULTURAL CENTER, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
2006: MASTER WORKS, MINIATURE DIVISION, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M..
2005: MASTER WORKS, MINIATURE DIVISION, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Honorable mention
2004: MASTER WORKS, MINIATURE DIVISION, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
Art has been the anchor for me to sort through the times, places and people in my immediate world.
The creative process has always given me an outlet,
a safe place for an expression of me.
My focus in imagery has changed over the years. It has evolved, improved, not improved, improved again, changed again and is always in a state of“becoming”.
It's that journey of becoming that guides me into my studio, letting me experiment, play and trust the creative process to be a surprise worth finding.
My muses have been the people in my life, animals I have known, objects I have owned, forests that have given me peace and landscapes that make me feel alive-a part of everything, yet so small and insignificant at the same time.
I enjoy the play of color interactions, I enjoy building up the imagery in layers; both smooth and textured, and the ability to manipulate materials- either with paint, paper, collage or ink. It's that exquisite dance between the artist and the material that I thrive on in my art making experience.
My most recent endeavor is that of burying or covering up images using a variety of media.
I am sorting that artistically by making each individual artwork an archeological dig- what is hiding beneath the surface, making a complex composition that has harmony between the layers of materials that make each image unique.
Recently taking a workshop and learning Mokuhanga printing techniques and at the same time discovering the joy working with collage on my paintings, I have found that both of these mediums are the prefect vehicle to drive my burying, hiding, revealing and building up of "things" in my images.
It makes the surface visually exciting and the underneath, those subtle marks, tones and textures equally as exciting. They work together to make the image complete.
Finding that inner balance and outer expression is my quest as an artist.
Collage/ mixed media
Recent Mokuhanga prints
Monotype and mezzotints from "Fowl Affair" series
YOUNGER STUDENTS ENGAGE WITH A VARIETY OF MATERIALS AND SUBJECT MATTER. ART ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES ARE INCORPORATED INTO EACH LESSON..
TALENTED TEENS! TECHNIQUES ARE TAUGHT AND REFLECTION OF THE ART MAKING PROCESS IS PART OF THE TEEN EXPERIENCE.
And adult students too!
Classes for adults include: Acrylic painting, Printmaking and mixed media.
A great place for paint parties!
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
TEEN ART TIME
This class offers students ages 11 to 16 drawing and painting instruction in a small group setting. The evening will include traditional guided drawing practice for the first 20 minutes, followed fine art painting instruction/techniques using acrylic paints.
Class will conclude each evening with group discussion and self evaluation of art created.
PAINTS AND BRUSHES PROVIDED.
STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A SKETCHBOOK AND CANVAS.
MOMSnTOTS HOT ART MESS
This art making experience is all about all that- messy art making for 2 to 5 year olds. Working on the floor is a safe setting, moms and children with enjoy material exploration of paints - color mixing, paper tearing, cardboard building, and just the thrill of moving materials around. This is a process geared time.
Call to schedule a Saturday morning messy fun time.
CHILDREN'S ART HOUR
For students who love art ages 8 to 11, there will be a new theme each month. Each week will address the theme with a different art-medium process. Painting, printing and collage will be taught during the lessons.
Teaching Artistic Behaviors
Open ended art exploration. Just an artful good time.
This Studio experience session is geared toward
young artists aged 4 to 7.