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A Busy Season!

Posted by admin on  November 14, 2018

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Greetings all! So far, its been a very busy Fall season. It started in October with an exhibition at Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus. The title is “FOUNDATIONS: An Art Exhibition Celebrating HCCs 50th Anniversary“. I am honored to have my painting in their Permanent Collection on display outside the Dean’s office. The HCC Ybor City Campus Art Gallery and the Dale Mabry campus gallery present a collaborative exhibition of visual art. It features selections

Autobiographical Altered Book Workshops and an Exhibition

Posted by admin on  August 28, 2018

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I received a grant from the Saint Petersburg Arts Alliance,* to teach Free Autobiographical Altered Book workshops in St Petersburg. The first three hour workshop was at Creative Clay, the second at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and the third at the St Petersburg Museum of History. I volunteered to teach a fourth workshop with Voices of Hope for Aphasia. Over sixty people attended the workshops, not counting the many attendees at the introductory event organized by Bella Unica and held at

A Summer Residency at Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France

Posted by admin on  August 28, 2018

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What a summer it’s been! The high point was a residency of two blissful weeks in July at the Moulin à Nef, an artists’ retreat in Auvillar, France. It’s run by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts where I’ve had a couple of residencies in the past (at least one residency at the VCCA is a prerequisite for attending the Moulin à Nef). One of France’s 100 most beautiful villages, the photographs here give only a hint

A Residency at an Artists’ Retreat in Virginia and Autobiographical Altered Book Workshops in St. Petersburg

Posted by admin on  May 8, 2018

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In March I spent eighteen blissful days at an artists’ retreat, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), on the campus of Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While in Virginia, I took a side trip to visit North Point Plantation in a beautiful, rural setting on the banks of the Mattaponi River. In the peace and calm of this lovely 1740s home, I started work on a grant application.

Rags to Riches at USF Tampa’s Centre Gallery

Posted by admin on  February 13, 2018

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The capitalist market system often exploits workers. This observation is particularly relevant in regard to the “rag trade,” as those in the field refer to the fashion industry. Betsy Orbe Lester explores fashion, the ultimate disguise, as she questions the dichotomy between the well-heeled and shoeless Joes and Janes. Fashion her trigger, she seeks cultural icons: embedding meaning in, and from, the media, to lock in her reality. Her current mixed media work appropriates Vogue