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Artist Betty Merken Strongly Believes in the Healing Power of Art and Color.

Posted on: 06/24/2013

In honor of all the strong and courageous women who are facing and have faced the challenges of cancer treatment, and in honor of the excellent and dedicated medical staff of Pacific Gynecology Specialists, Betty has dedicated these works of art in celebration of the wonder of life.

In September and October of 2011, as the recipient of the esteemed Astra Zarina Fellowship, Betty documented hundreds of colors of the architecture and the wall surfaces of over a dozen central Italian hill towns. These two works of arts were inspired directly by her time in Italy.

Betty Merken’s work can be found in several galleries and in numerous private and public collections in the United States, Asia and Europe, and in the permanent collections of several major museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (The de Young Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor), the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. Betty has been honored with fellowship from the BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy (2010, 2012) and the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy (2011). She is the co-author, with Stefan Merken, of Wall Art: Megamurals and Supergraphics (Philadelphia: Running Press, 1987)

Galleries in the United States representing the work of Betty Merkens include:

Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR, Sears Peyton Gallery, NY

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