Something to Say

Icons, Idols and True Confessions, at the Hunterdon Museum of Art March 28-May 16, will showcase paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Madison-based artist Bette Blank. Her exuberant and often humorous work reflects her unique vision of the world. Drawing images and inspiration from popular culture and her own everyday life, the artist invites the viewer to see the world through her eyes. Her inventive use of words in many of the paintings adds a fresh perspective to the often familiar subject matter.

While Ms. Blank’s formal education is in engineering (she earned a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley), she has made art throughout her life. She became a full-time artist in 2000 and since then has exhibited widely in solo and group shows. Her work is in the collections of the Jewish Museum and the Hunterdon Art Museum, as well as numerous private collections. She wisely observes: “To paint the way I do takes a lifetime of experiences. I have raised a family, studied science and art, read extensively and now I have something to say.”

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