On Saturday, September 7th, from 6:00pm until 8:30pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host an opening reception to launch ‘Journeys: Studio & Plein Air Paintings’ by noted Cape Cod artist Betsy Payne Cook. Betsy paints exclusively with pastels. She is a Juried Associate Member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America, a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and a Juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. Betsy is on the faculty of the Falmouth Arts Center, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and Sandwich Arts Alliance where she teaches pastel and plein air (outdoor) painting classes and workshops. Betsy also organizes her own local and destination plein air classes and workshops. The success of her travel painting workshop to Wales, has led her to partner with Renegade Travels to plan a Painter's Retreat in Italy for the spring of 2020.
“A journey can happen just outside my doorway or send me to a destination far from home. I paint locations that invite me to stay awhile, turning the ordinary into a painting. The journey also happens in the moments that I am painting; taking my time to explore the nuances of the scene, the light and color, what may be hidden in the shadows. I seek out a thought, a story for myself and one I can share with the viewer.
This collection of ‘Journeys’ was painted both on location, en plein air (outdoors), or in my studio. These paintings transport you to Cape Cod, through New England, New York and to Nova Scotia; from sandy dunes to mountains, from harbors and small towns to isolated landscapes. A little bit of me comes back with each place I visit.’’ — Betsy Payne Cook
The gallery invites the public to come and meet this great local talent and view her works while enjoying complimentary refreshments and socializing with other local art enthusiasts.This event is free and open to the public. The show is on view from its opening night through September 28th.
True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro MA. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays 11am - 4pm, Wednesday thru Fridays 10am-5pm, and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm.