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Betsy Bowen

“The aim of an artist is to make people love life,” said Leo Tolstoy, and I agree.

I live and work on the edge of the wilderness near Minnesota’s north shore of Lake Superior, on the old homestead bought by my suburban parents in 1963 to allow our family to experience another way of life.  In my early years, I focused on hand made textiles.  My work in woodblock printmaking has continued the ethic of seeking a straightforward livelihood generated by making goods by hand.  The prints recently have focused on illustrations for picture books, written by myself, and others.

My topics have evolved from views of my local rural life into the folktales and stories which inform rural lives worldwide.  Recent interest in the oral tradition of these folktales has led me toward pageantry, creating puppets, scripts, and staging for community street theater and dance performances.

Artistic activities include woodblock print illustrations for five picture-books, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1991-2002, with topics embracing rural Minnesota life, and Ojibwe and Norwegian traditional stories.  Three of the books, Antler, Bear, Canoe,  Tracks in the Wilderness and Gathering: A North Woods Counting Book are written by Betsy.  Other recent projects are calendars for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Minnesota Journal 2000 project for Minnesota Historical Society, and large, and small-scale puppet theater works as Good Harbor Hill Players.

Currently operating Betsy Bowen Studio, a fine art family print shop, hand-printing Betsy’s woodblocks for sale to galleries and art fairs.

 

Education includes various college level experiences from 1965 through 1997, the finale being a BA degree from Vermont College in Liberal Studies as well as significant workshop experiences with Grand Marais Art Colony.

 

Aa Is For Antler
Aa Is For Antler
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Whooping Cranes
Whooping Cranes
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Nn Is For Northern Lights
Nn Is For Northern Lights
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Pp Pond Qq Quiet
Pp Pond Qq Quiet
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Barn Owl
Barn Owl
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Northern Pike
Northern Pike
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Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
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Loons
Loons
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Bear Triathlon
Bear Triathlon
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Bears on Holiday - Boxed Cards
Bears on Holiday - Boxed Cards
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Plant a Pocket of Prairie
Plant a Pocket of Prairie
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Prairie with Monarchs
Prairie with Monarchs
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The Buggy Bog
The Buggy Bog
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Prairie with Purple Coneflower
Prairie with Purple Coneflower
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Prairie with Swallowtails
Prairie with Swallowtails
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Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman
Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman
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Twelwe Owls
Twelwe Owls
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Hawk Ridge
Hawk Ridge
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Bear Friends Holiday Boxed Cards
Bear Friends Holiday Boxed Cards
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