A 92-year-old Shropshire landscape painter, Betsy Smith, will present her first exhibition in six years at Mrs Jones' Art Shop in Coleham, Shrewsbury this March, with a chance to meet the artist.
Betsy Smith gives us all hope that we'll be able to carry on pursuing our passions, with no obvious reduction in talent, for as long as we please.
At 92 years young, the Shropshire landscape painter is about to present her first exhibition in six years - at the newly opened Mrs Jones Art Shop and Gallery in Coleham. Her vibrant, eye-catching paintings, with their bold use of colour and dramatic composition, suggest that age is certainly no barrier to achieving her creative vision.
Betsy, who lived in Broseley for 30 years and was well-known for teaching art classes to the Shropshire artistic community, will share the exhibition with sculptor Stephen Page, who creates beautifully smooth, colourful sculptures of animals and birds.
There's a chance to meet the artist with an afternoon preview at the gallery on Saturday, March 4 from 12pm to 2pm.
Betsy says: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to return and display my work again, including new larger acrylic paintings on canvas which are a departure. I hope to see past associates and friends at the opening."
Betsy won a scholarship to art college when she was just 13 years old, but got a job designing fabrics and scarves on leaving school, and went on to work with an advertising agency in London in the 1950s. She has also worked with a publisher, creating book covers and a fashion designer and managed to combine raising a family with working in the USA and opening a shop.
Faye Pearson Jones, who launched the Mrs Jones gallery a few weeks ago, said that she was thrilled to be staging the joint exhibition: "Betsy has lots of fans in Shropshire who will be excited to see her paintings and meet her at our preview," she added. "Her work will complement Stephen Page's bold, smooth sculptures which have a timeless, mythic quality. It should be a fantastic show."
- Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery is at 118 Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury SY3 7DU