Betsy Youngquist exhibits ‘Fantastic’ works in the Kortman Gallery

Opening reception set for 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27

From press release

Celebrated Rockford artist Betsy Youngquist, who creates colorful and compelling beaded works, will be featured in a solo exhibition in the Kortman Gallery for this holiday season. The show, titled
Fable: Explorations of the Fantastic,

opens Friday, Nov. 27.

The artist’s extravagantly-adorned creations, part human and part animal, explore a magical connection with nature through personalized mythology.

Betsy’s works not only have spectacular colors and intricate patterns, but her anthropomorphic creatures are truly a captivating visual journey into the fantastic,

says Kortman gallerist Doc Slafkosky.
It is fun and irresistible art that works so well with the holiday season… perfect for all ages.

Youngquist has been exhibiting her beaded mosaic sculptures at exhibitions across the United States for more than a decade, and most recently featured in the VIDA Museum in Borgholm, Sweden, with six other Rockford artists, and the SOFA show at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Youngquist’s work has shown up in a variety of publications including the cover of The Best in Contemporary Beadwork, produced by the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, 500 Beaded Objects and 500 Handmade Dolls from Lark books, Bead and Button magazine, and in 2005 her beaded rabbit

was featured on the cover of American Style magazine. Betsy’s work has been on display at the Smithsonian Craft Show, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

The opening reception for Betsy Youngquist’s
Fable: Explorations of the Fantastic,

will be from 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27, in the Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 968-0123 or visit

From the November 25-December 1, 2009 issue

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