BETH KASSAY  Sandia Park, New Mexico 

 ARTIST & OWNER ArtSpaceEast Studio

ART EDUCATOR, PRINTMAKER, PAINTER, MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

EDUCATION:

1984: BFA ALFRED UNIVERSITY: PRINTMAKING AND PAINTING

2000: POST-BA UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

9/2021- 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.

MAJOR COLLECTIONS:

WOVERHAMPTON COLLEGE, WOLVERHAMPTON, U.K.

PROYECTO ACE, BUERNOS AIRES ARGENTINA

ALFRED UNIVERSITY, ALFRED N.Y.

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS:

 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.

2010: 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

2009: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.

2008: 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.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

 My art has always been autobiographical; 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”. My muses have been the people in my life, animals I have known, objects I have owned and the landscapes that make me feel alive and yet so small 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, as memories are. Is a memory is something we have or something we have lost?

Recently taking a workshop and learning Mokuhanga printing techniques and at the same time discovering the joy working with collage in 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. 

I realize that the creative process in many ways can be a selfish one,  Finding that  inner balance that only shapes, lines, color, texture, and mark making can give me, but I am very much okay with that.

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Paintings 
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Monotype and mezzotints from "Fowl Affair" series
 
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YOUNGER STUDENTS ENGAGE WITH A VARIETY OF MATERIALS AND SUBJECT MATTER.   ART ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES ARE INCORPORATED INTO EACH LESSON..

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TALENTED TEENS!  TECHNIQUES ARE TAUGHT AND REFLECTION OF THE ART MAKING PROCESS IS PART OF THE TEEN EXPERIENCE.
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And adult students too!

Classes for adults include: Acrylic painting,  Printmaking and mixed media.

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A great place  for paint parties!
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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 6 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.

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Teaching Artistic Behaviors

Open ended art exploration. Just an artful good time.

 

 

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