JACKSON– Jackson artist Sherry Betschel will have her work on display in a show titled “In The Moment” at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, January 6-29, 2017.
Betschel, a 1982 Jackson High School graduate, has been creating art in various forms, but it was not until 2013 that she started painting. She explains that she is an unbiased artist who likes to experiment with different types of mediums and techniques. When viewing her collection, one might be under the impression that her work was created by several different artists because of her diversity.
Betschel explains that spiritual paintings, vibrant modern art, mixed media, abstracts and her haunting black and white portrait paintings with oversized eyes are just some of the styles included in her work. Betschel likes using texture and mixed media in a free form loose style and likes to use her fingers to paint. Mixing charcoal and acrylic is her favorite and began using ghe technique at the suggestion of a Grove City Chamber member, who saw one of her unique portrait paintings at an art show.
Music is a huge part of Betschel’s creative process and most of her artwork was created while listening to classical music. She is a highly emotional person and carries her feelings onto the canvas when inspired by the challenges she has faced in her lifetime, spirituality, through nature, and poetry. She often incorporates Bible verses and poetry (some written by her oldest son, Jacob) into her art work.
“’In The Moment’ is a diverse collection of artwork based on my awareness with a conscious mind that is tuned into nature, emotion, and spirituality. Reminding us to slow down, take notice and reconnect,” Betschel said. “I don’t think art should be purchased to match the colors of a room. I think art should be purchased because you have a connection to the piece or because it sparks some sort of emotion,” she added. “Nothing is more rewarding to me, as an artist, than for a person to connect to a piece of my artwork on an emotional or spiritual level,” Betschel ended.
“In The Moment” is Betschel’s first art exhibit, but she has participated in art shows in Grove City, Columbus, Delaware, Cincinnati and Jackson. She has sold her paintings in Ohio, Vermont, California, Oklahoma, Arkansas and West Virginia and has painted several commissioned pieces. Most recently, a large commissioned abstract piece titled “Taken by the Sky II” for Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
Betschel was born on Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. She lived most of her childhood in Jackson and Wellston, and a few years in Scottsdale, Arizona and McArthur, Ohio. After graduating from JHS, Betschel studied at Rio Grande College before moving to Columbus.
While living in Columbus, she worked in the accounting department for the Department of Transportation, choreographed fashion shows, one of which was for the Columbus Museum of Art, and taught modeling classes for several modeling agencies. She met her husband in Columbus and moved back to Jackson in 1997 to raise her two sons, wanting to be closer to family.
The Southern Hills Arts Council invites the community to meet the artist on Friday, January 6 at 7 p.m. at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 E. Main Street, Jackson. The Markay Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday noon to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment by calling 740-286-6355.
More artwork and jewelry designs can be seen online at www.herartandsoulstudio.etsy.com