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Think Round Fine Arts Gallery will be presenting “RETROFIT: AN INSTALLATION OF PAINTINGS” by Betsie Miller-Kusz during June, July and August of 2019. For many years an established San Francisco artist, Betsie Miller-Kusz now lives in New Mexico, where her paintings have focused on the image of an Earth guardian figure, a spirit indigenous to the land.
RETROFIT unites past and present imagery, and will include paintings from three series of works. The Breakage series dates from 2018, based on recovery from a life-threatening illness, addressing the implications of the wounded self. The second group of works, the (T)urn series, finds the Earth spirit engaged with a vessel of change, an urn filled with potential. The third set of paintings, Triumph, draws from the work of the 1980’s, placing youthful, exuberant paintings against the more somber recent pieces. This is the retrofit, the older works underpinning the newer paintings.
RETROFIT will open June 1st, with a reception from 5-7 p.m., and it will continue through a closing reception on August 30th, 2019. The gallery is located at 2140 Bush St. Suite 1, between Fillmore and Webster Sts. Entrance is on the driveway.
Gallery hours 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. (415) 602-9599
For more information: Heidi Hardin, Gallery Director (415) 602-9599
Betsie Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She lived and painted in San Francisco for over thirty years, and has exhibited widely in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as New York, Santa Fe, and many areas of California. She now lives in New Mexico, where she owns a small rancho and studio, drawing continual inspiration from her surroundings in the beautiful Jemez Valley.
Her international exhibitions and projects have been held in Paris, London, Valencia, Madrid, Rome, Florence, Assisi, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Merida, Guadalajara, Guatemala, New Delhi, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Macau, Leningrad, Ulaan Bataar, and Seoul. She has painted numerous public murals in San Francisco, and has collaborated with international artists in many projects, conferences, and cultural exchanges. Her works have been part of four International Biennales, in Florence, the Yucatan, and Tuscany. Her solo exhibitions have included Dhoomi Mal, the oldest contemporary art gallery in India, the Museo Ixchel in Guatemala, the Galeria Tonalli in Mexico City, and the Marie de 6th Arrondisement in Paris, as well as the International Maritime Museum in London, the Pinoteca Museo in Tlaxcala, Mexico, and Anagma Gallery in Valencia, Spain,
Betsie painted the last mural in the former Soviet Union, for the 2nd Human rights Conference in Leningrad, working with two Russian artists. She then painted the first modern mural in Mongolia, working with a group of artists on a 5 story building. She collaborated with Clowns without Borders for a mural painted in the basurero (garbage dump) in Guatemala City, painting with children living in unbearable conditions. She has two murals painted on small cultural centers deep in the Delta de Parana’ in Argentina, inaccessible except by small boats beyond the huge South American waterways. Her longest international collaboration has been with photographer Masaru Tanaka of Hiroshima, working together on the Peace’s New Century Project, a 15 year commitment combining their joined images for peace. This project has been exhibited widely, including the United Nations in New York and Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, as well as the War Memorial building in San Francisco where the United Nations was founded.
Betsie taught painting classes in San Francisco for the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department and the New College of California. She served as Director of the Mural Resource Center for ten years, and then as Director of SOMArts Gallery in the South of Market Cultural Center, where she curated over one hundred exhibitions. High Tides and Far Paseos presents new work from recent years, exhibited at Think Round Fine Arts in San Francisco.
2140 Bush Street Suite 1, (between Fillmore and Webster) San Francisco CA, 94115