BELFAST — “Women Rising: Collages by Betsey Feeley” is on display in the Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Free Library, June 1-30, 2022. The Kramer Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Library, is open during library hours.
“Women Rising” celebrates female beauty and strength, as well as the surprising, sometimes humorous, and often surreal juxtapositions found in Betsey Feeley’s work. Her layered images come from a variety of sources: vintage and contemporary fashion magazines; and books on art, nature, history and science.
Feeley began to make collages in 2018 after an inspiring class with Deborah Stevenson. Up to that point photography was her chosen medium, but the Covid pandemic brought her ongoing project documenting agricultural fairs to an end. She is grateful that she found collage, an “intuitive and joyful process” which draws on her educational and work experience in art history and photography.
Betsey Feeley received a BA in Art History from Brown and an MFA in photography from Pratt Institute. She had a 30-year career in New York City as an arts administrator. Since moving to Belfast 15 years ago, she has worked as a volunteer at Waterfall Arts, the Belfast Historical Society, and the Belfast Soup Kitchen. Her artwork has been shown at Aarhus Gallery, the Hutchinson Center, and Waterfall Arts. “Women Rising” is her first
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