2006 - Betty Watson Retrospective, curated by Edie Carpenter
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By Elizabeth Wallace, Marketing Intern
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September 15 - November 5, 2006

Greenhill presented a major retrospective of work by celebrated Greensboro Artist Betty Watson. The exhibition explored 60 years of Betty Watson's vibrant work and life, exploring her unique stylistic responses to both her evolving personal environments and the explosive entry of abstract expressionism on the American art scene.  The retrospective included paintings and drawings from her teenage years at the Art Students' League in New York, from her summers spent at artists' colonies in Provincetown and Key West, from her fresh, day-to-day observations as a Greensboro mother and UNCG-faculty spouse, to the then most recent status as a world traveler.  Subjects ranged from portraits and nudes to interior/exterior studies and mysterious cloudscapes, all suffused with intense color and the play of shadow and light.

This exhibition also marked the first of many to be curated by Edie Carpenter.  In a statement made by Carpenter, she said of the featured artist, "Betty Watson's longstanding contribution to Greensboro's art community make it an honor for Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art to mount her retrospective exhibition. Throughout this project those involved have been inspired by the artist's own unflagging energy and passion, the well from which these works spring".

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