Barbara Kramer Gallery March Exhibit

by Betty Schopmeyer

“Twigs” Oil on Panel.

Betty Schopmeyer  says of the exhibit that she “calls these paintings “Taking Notice” to celebrate what painting has given me over the past few years: a new way of looking at the world. When I began to take classes three years ago, studying Color Theory with Kerstin Engman, a heightened sense of the visual environment around me was born. I look at—and more importantly SEE—things differently now, a process that continues to develop as I continue to learn and experiment with color, design, paint application, and levels of interpretation. Every day I look forward to the process, not just the end result, and that, too, is a gift.”

Moving to Maine in 2001 Betty worked for the Penobscot Marine Museum as assistant librarian, grants writer, and eventually education director. Since retiring four years ago she has focused on her creative passions of fiber arts and oil painting.





About the Gallery:

The Barbara Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library, located on the ground floor, was named in memory of Barbara Kramer who was an ardent supporter of the visual arts in the Midcoast area in the 1980s until her death in 1998. When the library was undergoing a significant expansion in the late 1990s, a group of area residents with the encouragement of the Library Board of Trustees raised funds to create this special exhibition space where art and or other materials relating to the history of the library or Belfast can be displayed.