The work of the Artist of the Month is on display in the upper level of the Visitor Center at the Botanic Garden from April - October.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL 2017: BETH BYNUM
As a child growing up on a farm in Kingsley, Michigan, Beth wanted to be an artist with Disney and entered the "You Can Draw" contests as advertised in magazines. She also wanted to be a teacher. After graduating Kingsley Area Schools, she attended Northwestern Michigan College and graduated from CMU with a B.S. in Elementary Education majoring in Social Science and a minor in Biology.
Beth's teaching career has taken her to Teec Nos Pos, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Buckley Community Schools in Michigan.
When not creating art, Beth enjoys reading, gardening, working on her house, traveling, and creating art. She is a former Board of Directors member of the Crooked Tree Art Center in Traverse City and was previously head of their Gallery Committee. She teaches classes for many local establishments. When not traveling, gardening, or reading, she can be found working on her art.
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: My art reflects my joy of learning, the challenge of using recycled materials, and my interest in cultures around the world. When I start a piece, I never know where it will take me. The thrill is in the process. When I do collage, I might add acrylic paint, maybe an old photo, and funky found objects. A piece of rust, a chunk of cardboard or an old ledger will call to me. I love to stamp, scribble, tear, layer, cover up, add to, experiment with new techniques, and all-around…make a mess. My motto is “Sometimes it just happens”. My art is inspired by beauty of the ordinary. I have recently been working with photos taken from my iPhone and manipulated in Photoshop Elements 12. Add to the list, assemblage boxes Cornell style. All of my art pieces have a story. I enjoy sharing the story and process.
To learn more about Beth's work, visit her blog.