Betty Scarpino received CWA 2015 Lifetime Achievment Award at Collectors of Wood Art annual dinner at SOFA in early November.
Each year, CWA presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has made meaningful contributions to the field of wood art. This year's recipient is Betty Scarpino.
The CWA Board of Directors chose Betty for her more than 30 years of active engagement in the wood art field as an artist, educator, editor, writer, and strong advocate and role model for women in the field.
For those of you who know Betty well, I'm sure you will agree that she is a tour de force. It's just astonishing when you consider all the ways she has distinguished herself in her career to date.
First, let me tell you about Betty the artist:
Betty graduated from the University of Missouri in 1981 with a degree in Industrial Arts. After graduation, she was a wood shop supervisor at the university's craft studio. Remember this was a time when there were very few women in the world of wood and she was supervising in a wood studio. Shades of more to come.
As an independent artist in the late 1980s, while those around her were often turning simple vessels, her emphasis was on organic sculptural lines and form. She was among those leading the transition away from strictly brown and round bowls.
Betty has been using techniques of carving, texturing, bleaching, and coloring in producing her beautiful organic flowing sculptural pieces. Her work is recognizable and specific, with her voice coming through in every piece she makes. Often inspired by personal events, transitions, or challenges, each piece is a rich combination of aesthetic and emotional beauty. (11/06/2015)