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Imagination Manipulation by Sabine Betschart


Sabine Betschart, a local artist who is hosting her debut show at Crete Creative this month, is excited to see and hear how viewers interpret her art and the stories that they imply.


Sabine grew up in Switzerland where she was was surrounded by tales of historic creatures that were unseen, but well known. Gnomes roamed the Forests and Fairy’s dance in the sunlight. The tale surrounding these unseen things are rooted deep in Swiss culture and continue to inspire Sabine.


According to Betschart, "My art, is inspired and fueled by my two young sons, they are at the center of my storytelling as art. They are young, vibrant, and filled with a desire for adventure. Each of them manifests my ability to travel along with them in a unique and imaginary world. My goal is to create a sense of believability within the images that I create – even if they seem fanciful. I want some part of the viewer’s heart to want to believe that the illusion they are seeing is real. If they believe in the image, then they will believe in the story that the picture is telling. 

Sabine Betschart's "Imagination Manipulation" ran June/July 2018.

Sacred Spaces- Graphite drawings by Marikay Peter Witlock

Ran from July 30 - August 17, 2018


Artist’s Statement:


Let the earth speak for me.

Let the earth tell my stories,

express my sense of awe, my sense of loss,

my sense of rejoicing.

The earth holds my memories and dreams.

c2000 Marikay Peter Witlock



Figure, architecture and nature interweave to capture an emotion, articulate a memory or capture a dream in the  drawing cycle Sacred Spaces.  Each element is selected, each detail deliberated, to create the narrative expressed in each drawing.  Some common elements include the column, used as an iconographic tool to convey a place of significance, a place of gathering, or a link to the spiritual.  Gesture, clothing, and attitude of the figures are linked with the environment to further the artistic and conceptual expression of each drawing.  These figures are all real people, kind enough to allow their likeness to be integrated into these artworks.  The drawings are personal, yet often universal in interpretation.  I hope they will inspire thoughtful conversation. 

Other Shows:

 Carol Weber

My Illinois Photo Contest

Tommy Zarlengo

2020 Regional Showcase

Richard Schmidt

Dennis Preston

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