Elizabeth (Betty) O’Brien                                        
Studio / Watermedia Academy, Suite 204                                                 518 – 260 -6764
The Shirt Factory                                                        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
21 Cooper Street                                        
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Formal Education:

1976- M.S. Curriculum and Instruction, SUNY Albany
1968-70 – Graduate work in education, SUNY Plattsburgh
1967- B.S. Art Education, SUNY Buffalo  

Professional Affiliations:                                                        

The Hyde Collection Art Museum (HYDE)
Guild of Adirondack Artists (GAA)
Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Center (LARAC)
Saratoga Arts Center & Council (SAC)
Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society (UHVWS)
North Country Arts (NCA)    

 Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017-   NCA juried VISIONS exhibition @ Shirt Factory Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2016-   THE PORTRAIT PROJECT: Trudi Smith portraits of Shirt Factory Artists & their work
2016-   BOUNDARIES, juried exhibition @ LARAC, Glens Falls, NY
2016-   ESPRESSION & INSPIRATION, NCA juried show @ the Shirt Factory Gallery, Glens Falls, NY                                                                                                               
2015-   FOR THE BIRDS, National juried exhibition @ the VIEW art center, Old Forge, NY
2015-   Arts Attitudes, Malta League of Fine Arts, Malta, NY
2015-   REALISM VS. ABSTRACTION juried @ LARAC, Glens Falls, NY
2015-   North Country Arts Invitational at Rare Earth Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2015-   OIL&WATERCOLOR @ Giant Mountain Studio, Schroon Lake, NY
2014-   CENTRAL ADIRONDACK SHOW @ VIEW Art Center, Old Forge, NY
2014-   NATIONAL FALL OPEN @ Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
2013-   TEXTURE & PATTERN juried exhibition @ LARAC Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2013-   GEORGIA ON MY MIND @ the Shirt Factory Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2012-   GAA exhibits @ Garden Works, Salem, NY & Friends Gallery-Crandall Library, Glens Falls, NY
2010-   RECENT WORK with GAA & the Cooperstown Art Assoc., Cooperstown, NY
2009-   CENTRAL ADIRONDACK SHOW @ VIEW Art Center, Old Forge, NY                 
2009-   UHVWS at North Main Gallery, Salem NY, and bjsartworks, Glens Falls, NY
2008-   THE ART OF POLITICS invitational @The Rusty Matcutter Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2008-   SLATE IS OUR MUSE- GAA exhibit at the Slate Valley Museum, Granville, NY
2008-   ITS ABOUT TIME, Glens Falls Centennial juried show, LARAC, Glens Falls, NY
2007-   STRUCTURES juried show at LARAC, Glens Falls, NY
2007-   VIEWS FROM SARATOGA BATTLEFIELD…/Conserving Historic Landscapes @ SCA
2007-   ELEMENTAL, juried show at Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
2006-   OUR WARMING WORLD, GAA @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
2005-   ADIRONDACK JURIED SHOW @ Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placed NY
2001-   RETROSPECTIVE of Exhibitions juried at SUNY Adirondack
2002-   NATIONAL FALL OPEN @ Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
1991- 2015   Exhibited with the UHVWS at a variety of locations
1974- 2017   GAA (a juried group) at many sites in the MOWHAWK-HUDSON region

Selected Individual and Small Group Shows:

2017-   ENCOUNTERS OF AN ANIMAL KIND O’Brien/VanSickle @ NCA 2nd Floor Gallery Glens Falls, NY
2016-   LARAC MASTERS invitational @ LARAC Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2016-   ABSTRACTION AND DIMENSION @ Giant Mountain Studio, Schroon Lake, NY
2015-   CONCEPTUAL CURRENTS O’Brien/ Neadle/Austin-Avon @ Shirt Factory Gallery, Glens Falls
2014-   DEGREES OF ABSTRACTION, solo @ NCA 2ND Floor Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2013-   FIRST FRIDAY FEATURED ARTISTS O’Brien/ Thompson @ Pember Museum in Granville, NY
2012-   NATURE WALK- solo exhibit at North Main Gallery, Salem NY
2012-   TWO FRIENDS O’Brien & Whiting @  Friends Gallery, Crandall Library, Glens Falls, NY
2009-   NATURAL SELECTIONS, solo @ Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, NY   
2009-   TRACE SIGHT O’Brien/ Sauer/ Culomb @ Ivy & Associates Fine Art, Schuylerville, NY
2009-   RECENT WORK IN WATERCOLOR O’Brien/ Rowland/ Lagori @ Artworx Fine Art, Saratoga Springs
2008-   SPRING WATER watermedia invitational @ North Main Gallery, Salem, NY
2007-   CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE invitational @ Tom Myott Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2006-   BETWEEN solo show @ Pine Street Gallery, Glens Falls, NY                                                                                   
2005-   MIXED EXPRESSIONS – solo at Arts 220, Salem, NY
2005-   IN THE SKY – solo @ Saratoga Arts Members Exhibition Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY                                                                                    
2004-   WATERMEDIA WORKS (4) at Aimie's Lobby Gallery, Glens Falls NY.  
2004-   WATERMEDIA EXHIBIT (3) at Valley Artisans Market, Cambridge, NY.
2003-   AN ADVENTURE IN WATERCOLOR Visual Arts Gallery at SUNY Adirondack
2002-   SUBURBAN WOOD O’Brien/Palestri/Sutherland @ LARAC Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2001-   ROCKS, WOODS & WATER- O’Brien/ Strode @ SUNY Adirondack

Selected Awards and Honors:

2017-   Platinum award in VISIONS, NCA juried exhibition @ Shirt Factory Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2015-   2nd Runner-up for abstraction in REALISM VS. ABSTRACTION juried at LARAC,
2014-   Third place award for mixed media at Central Adirondack Show at the VIEW  
2012-   Jurors award, (one of four) North Country Art Center’s Regional Juried Art Exhibition
2010-   Juried Masters Division of Central Adirondack Art Show in Old Forge, NY
2010-   Honorable Mention, North Country Art Center’s Regional Juried Exhibition
2009-   Honorable Mention, Glens Falls Centennial Juried exhibition at LARAC, Glens Falls, NY
2007-   First Place “Elemental” juried exhibition at Lake Placid Center of the Arts
2003-2009-   Second Place – North Country Art Center’s Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition
2002-   Work purchased for SUNY Adirondack permanent collection
1996 & 1993- Honorable Mention, “Flowers and Garden Show,” Gallery 21, Glens Falls, NY
1992-   Stu-art award, “Adirondack Park Centennial Watercolor Exhibit”
1990-   “Summer Six” fellowship in painting at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
1990-   Invitational Show, the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY
1987-   Jurors Award, “Adirondack Life Exhibition,” Lake Placid Center for the Arts
1986-   Best of Show, “Adirondack Regional Show, “The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY

Instructional Experience:

2014-2016-   Workshops in “Expressive Drawing to Painting” & “The Influence of Color” for NORTH COUNTRY ARTS at my studio/WATERMEDIA ACADEMY
2014-            “Expressive Drawing” workshop for THE HYDE COLLECTION, Glens Falls, NY
2015-            “Transformed Drawing” in conjunction with Audrey Flack exhibit @ THE HYDE COLLECTION
2011-2014-    Landscape workshop for The ADIRONDACK FOLK SCHOOL
2004-2015-    Classes and workshops at Betty O’Brien’s WATERMEDIA ACADEMY
2007-            Watercolor workshop for the Sacondaga Valley Arts Network
2004-2005     Adjunct professor for watercolor painting at SUNY ADIRONDACK
2003-2004     Watercolor workshop for The Hudson River School in North Creek, NY
2003-            Monotype workshop for LARAC and the UHVWS
2002-            Monotype workshop at THE HYDE COLLECTION, Glens Falls, NY.
2001-            Acrylic Painting Workshop, in conjunction with Arthur B. Davis Exhibit @ THE HYDE COLLECTION
2001-            Watercolor workshop in conjunction with “Watercolor in the Abstract” exhibition @ THE HYDE COLLECTION
1968-2000-    Art dept. Chairperson and Arts-in Education Chairperson and grant writer for the Fort Edward School System, Fort Edward NY

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