Holiday Gala 2011


Betts gallery will be having their Holiday Gala Art Exhibit during the month of December. The opening reception is Friday evening Dec 2nd.

This event will include all the artists who have shown art work in Betts Gallery during the 2011 season. This includes Petria Noyes, Peg Worth, Johan Selmer-Larson. Gus Szabronski, Jay Gibson, Kenny Cole, Michael Fletcher, Dina Petrillo, Thomas Griffith, Lois Anne, Cathy Melio, Daniel Anselmi, Joan Proadman, Norman Tinker, Mathew O’Donnell, Marc Leavitt, Squidge Liljeblad Davis, Alison Rector, Lesia Sochor, Bob Delio, Scott Reed, Candice Hutchinson, David Hurley, Carol Sloane, Bill Landmesser, Dyan Berk, Alan Crichton, Edward MacKenzie, Tom Prescott, Renee Lammers, Charlton Hudson, Dianne Schelble, John Squadra, Peggy McKenna, Gregory Dunham, Karen MacDonald, Denise Remy, Rich Holzer, Dennis Pinette, and Megan Pinette.

Their work includes oil painting, watercolor, water media, sculpture ceramic, photography, wood,and collage. It is a wonderful display of talent, grouped together for an exciting visual experience.

Please join us on Friday Dec 2nd between 5-8 PM. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. For more information call 207-338-6465.

Charlton Hudson


Interior Reflections, Outward Abstractions
Reception, Friday October 7 from 5 to 7 pm

Betts Gallery will be hosting a reception for artist Charlton Hudson on Friday October 7 from 5 to 7 pm. The reception celebrates the opening of a new exhibit called “Interior Reflections- Outward Abstractions”. Hudson has created a series of oil pastel landscapes, capturing his impressions of the natural environment that surrounds him every day. This body of work represents the impressions, both emotional and visual, that Hudson has seen living on the Maine coast.

Hudson says “I have decided to ground myself through the discipline of painting in a world that is so often troublesome and fraught with horror. By creating my own visual tranquility of meditative images, I am able to keep perspective of what is truly important in my life.”

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Anything Goes


Anything Goes, a group exhibit of work by 26 artists, opens Friday September 2 at Betts Gallery in Belfast. The opening reception is Friday evening from 5pm to 8pm. The artists, who have a vast amount of creativity in different aspects of art, have been given free rein to create whatever they desire. The only limitation is size. The resulting show is a very diverse and interesting exhibit. The show will be on view until October 1.

The exhibit includes oil paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography and more. The exhibiting artists are Daniel Anselmi, Jenny Baker, Dyan Berk, Carolyn Caldwell, Kenny Cole, Bob Delio, Gregory Dunham, Mike Fletcher, Jay Gibson, Thomas Griffith, Rich Holzer, Charlton Hudson, Renee Lammers, Karen MacDonald, Edward MacKenzie, Petria Noyes, Dina Petrillo, Joan Proudman, Alison Rector, Dianne Schelble, Johan Selmer-Larson, John Squadra, Guz Szabronski, Norman Tinker, Jean Wiecha, and Peg Worth.

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Lesia Sochor

Sochor Toscana 36x44

August 2011
Reception August 5 from 5pm to 8pm

Betts Gallery will be featuring the new work of artist Lesia Sochor during the month of August. Italia, Bella is the title of this show. A trip to Italy was the catalyst which provoked this body of work. Intimate glimpses of Italy’s rich culture emerge through graphite and colored pencil drawings, as well as oil paintings. Lesia received her BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. She has lived, painted and exhibited in Maine for over 30 years. Her most recent exhibits in 2010 were at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, and at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has taught art publicly and privately throughout her artistic career. A reception for the artist will be held August 5 from 5pm to 8pm. The exhibit runs through August 27.

Carol Sloane


July 2011

Carol Sloane of Washington Maine will be the featured artist at Betts Gallery for the month of July. Opening reception for the artist is Friday July 1, 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

Tidal Rocks/ Canyon Walls is a series of oil pigment stick drawings on paper. The Canyon Walls series are from a residency at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico during the fall of 2010. There Sloane discovered the same tricks of light and shadow on the towering walls of canyons as she had found along the coast of Maine. It is these shared similarities that spurred the duality of this exhibit. Sloane has exhibited her work throughout Maine during the last fifteen years.

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Artfellows Revisited

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Former members of Belfast’s Artfellows Gallery will exhibit work at Betts Gallery in June.

In 1980, as part of the first Church Street Festival, the newly formed Artfellows Cooperative Gallery held their first exhibit in three rooms on the second floor of the Odd Fellows building on Main Street. This space became home to the gallery for several years and inspired its name.

The organization grew quickly, its members mostly from Waldo and Knox counties. The late Richard Norton, staff photographer for The Republican Journal and later The Waldo Independent, was the group’s most visible member and first president. Artfellows shows were well attended and their invitational, showcasing the work of area artists who summered in Maine, drew much attention to the gallery and helped to give it a state-wide reputation.

In 1985, the group had approximately 40 members and decided to move to a space downstairs, now occupied by The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery. In 1987, Norton stepped down as president. Feeling that Artfellows had served it’s purpose, most members voted to end the gallery’s seven year run on a high note. A few members opposed this motion, reorganized and the gallery continued for another several years.

Proprietor Vicki McDaniel has long wanted to honor those early to mid Artfellows years with a show of current work from members from 1980-7. “Many of these artists I’ve known for years and I have followed their careers after they left Artfellows. It just seemed natural to one day celebrate them, here where they had their formative years.”

Exhibiting artists include: Lois Anne, Margot Balboni, Dan Clarke, Alan Crichton, Lorna Crichton, Squidge Liljeblad Davis, Randy Fein, Jerri Finch, Jane Gilbert, Stew Henderson, David Hurley, Michael Hurley, Candace Hutchinson, Cynthia Hyde, Janice Kasper, Jim Kinnealey, Marika Kuzma, Bill Landmesser, Peggy McKenna, Cathy Melio, Richard Norton, Mat O’Donnell, Chris Osgood, Dennis Pinette, Megan Pinette, Tom Prescott, Phil Prince, Michael Reece, Scott Reed, Denise Remy, Liv Kristin Robinson and Lesia Sochor.

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Susan Cooney


The May exhibit at Betts Gallery is Maine in Shades of Gray, graphite drawings by Susan Cooney. Please join us for an opening reception this Friday May 6, 5pm – 8pm.

The show will be on view until May 27, 2011.
Our gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 5pm.