"Neptune Rising" Awarded in Kent CT & Other News August 12 2016
It's been a busy summer at Kent Art Association this year where Lacey and I have been spending time as volunteers. There have been many successful shows, new artists, & judges! We've had wonderful discussions with people at the openings, and each show I feel the community of artists has grown & learned something new from each other. Kent Art Association's next opening is tomorrow August 13th, and I am very excited to tell you that "Neptune Rising" will be receiving an Award of Excellence!! All are welcome to join us in celebration as the KAA Opening Reception is 2-4PM. There will also be live music too for the first time at KAA in years. It should be interesting to see art and music filling the halls with artists & patrons coming together to enjoy our members' hard work & the community's cultural celebration.
In other recent BA Wygant Studio news international art writer M. Khalid Rahman at IRIS Art Magazine has decided to feature me in their publication. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them for sharing the message. I'd also like to thank my daughter Lacey for helping me put together another calendar for 2017. The sales from this calendar go directly back into my projects. Consequently I would like to thank each and everyone of you who have helped support my work through purchasing the calendars over the years. Maybe some day I will be able to do a coffee table book, but until this this is the best way to grab the best of my collection of work in one spot is the 2017 Calendar.
Each year there are new paintings added, and of course we keep some of our symbolic favorites like "Unity" for March. As Many of you know, this is when I was inspired to capture the power of hope and healing through Daffodils. I would see them on sale in the community to support cancer research. So every year "Unity" is featured in March as a reminder to go get those beautiful flowers from your local cancer fundraisers; each of us doing our part to keep the hope alive through the beauty of flowers. That's some serious flower power. In fact each month's selection has a little story. Feel free to reach out to me on Facebook if you would like to find out more stories about each month's selection. I look forward to continuing the discussion with you www.fb.com/bawygant
Lastly I would like to acknowledge that this week is a special week for my family as we celebrate the lives of our family in Heaven. Both My Grandfather Floyd and my Brother Bill have birthdays and I'm especially feeling thankful for their presence in everything I do this week.
I know my Sister & I were so blessed to have had them in our lives even for the short time that window was.
They continue to inspire me everyday, and though the pain of loss is deep, I've learned to focus on the love they instilled in me. Their energy, even today, goes on in my work in many ways.
Going to Beirut... With Your Help! September 16 2015
A Message to Share Through My Recent Painting "Celebration of Life" September 04 2015
I am a painter with a message to share, through my work and my vision.
I look forward to meeting new people at all the Art shows that I exhibit. In fact this weekend you can find me at BA Wygant at Meet the Artists & Artisans
My goal is to plant the seeds of Faith and Hope and Brotherhood. We are so blessed to be here now. Each of us has an opportunity to plant the seeds in this glorious garden for the evolution of life on this beautiful planet. "We can still plant a smile" Dr Ahmed from Syria can't practice in Lebanon, but he still does what he can to help those in need. Each and everyone of us can do our part - even here and now we can share their stories. Here is his: Lebanon: The Natural Humanitarian
Be here now in this moment, within your surroundings & community. Immerse yourself in the natural world- It is around you everywhere, be still and listen. Hear your mind and soul drink in the bird's song, the crickets laugh, feel the gentle breeze on your face. Shine in God's loving embrace. We are one in this eternal journey through life, connected by His Light our species will evolve- together!
Unity.Gallery Presents a Virtual Exhibition
Please take time to tour this wonderful virtual collection of art on the Virtual Exhibits Page.
Also This Weekend!! Meet me live & in person at the Amagansett Fine Arts Festival
July 3 10AM-6PM
July 4 10AM-6PM
July 5 10AM-5PM
15 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937
I will have my latest work on display:
"Celebrate the Balance"
Oil Painting on Sculptural Base
I was listening to NPR this morning about one brave Artist talking about his journey and taking a stand against terrorism in his hometown of Bagdad and the story of his defiance of the senseless murder of his fellow citizens, while drinking their coffee in a local coffee shop. He was saved by a twist of fate, as he was late for his coffee that day. I believe that God intervened, and planted a seed of Divine Grace into his heart and mind. He took his beloved cello to the cafe where this act of violence to place, and played with a song from his soul for peace, in his mourning he planted a seed of Hope for Humanity.
No mater what you believe, I am calling for ALL Artists to reach out in peace and brotherhood for the love of Humanity. We are killing each other and our planet, & for what? Power, more money? It is time to stand up, be counted in the power of Light. Please look at the deeper reality. Stand back, see this with better eyes. Our fragile little pearl, fighting for her life while we fight with each other like spoiled children. Humanity has always been able evolve and learn from our mistakes, however this time I hope we do not destroy our selves or our home before our evolution is complete.
WE are one family, the children of Earth, see the Light in each other so that our species will evolve together.
As I interact with people in relation to my art I often am asked, ”Where does inspiration come from and what encourages you?” Often I’m asked this question with a hint of desperation. People are always seeking out a way (sometimes through my work) to escape from reality, to break out and unleash a sacred power within to find ultimate peace. When I see this, the mother instinct in me wants to give them a hug, however as I cannot do that in the moment or here with you, let me offer up some advice instead along with my most recent visions. There is no break from reality – for me this is reality- there is energy out there and we only need to realize it and harness it within our everyday lives to find truth & inspiration.
Everyday the Earth spins on and as our days get more complex the strain on our souls increases. The state of our reality is bleak if you tune into 24-hour media outlets and zone out. It’s hard not to get caught up in the day-to-day drift into a grey moonscape as the lack of human empathy that is depicted in modern life becomes more prevalent. Many people have virtually closed their eyes to the possibilities beyond. Little do they know a vibrant energy filed universe is shining all around us and there is more then just what this current perceived reality has to offer.
In the dark ages many felt there was a “divine inspiration” that only a few artists and artisans could tap into. Many found that this inspiration could be channeled and maintained with in religious settings, this is why we have so many beautiful works in old world religious locations. However as we slipped into the new age of enlightenment we all found the possibilities are within each and every one of us to believe in ourselves, and share a vision, what ever it is. Your vision is your truth so you only need to believe in yourself to express it. This expression can be on the canvas, but it could also be in your writing, photography, printmaking, or in that dress that showcases your embroidery.
Today I share with you my latest visions and my most recent endeavor through tapping into and exploring this universal energy. In my most recent piece “The Good Shepherd” I have an interpretation of the warm hug Earth receives everyday from our universal creator. Our Shepherd is ushering us along, even me as I paint this from my studio in the quiet hills of Connecticut. I am moved to share with you my inspiration that we will find a beautiful salvation every day & all the days ahead as we spin endlessly through time and space. Be true to your self, and believe in your own muse, abilities, & truth. Keep your faith close to you and live in Peace.
These things will help in your quest to uncover your own well of inspiration.
All the best,
“The Good Shepherd”
"The Thief in the Night"
Earth Day is Every Day | BA Wygant's Thoughts on Earth Day & a Recent Interview by Marshall Masters April 23 2015 1 Comment
Bette Anne Wygant Earth Day 2015:
"This is a time for every person on this planet to stop and reflect for a moment about the state of the health, and the future of our beautiful Mother Gaia. I have seen many troubling changes, on so many fronts and issues since I was a young child. The problems are growing very quickly now, and with more urgency."
"I must ask, what are we leaving for the future generations? With the pollution from the Nuclear disaster in Japan, the contamination of the Pacific Ocean, massive kills of many species of Marine life, now the closure of the fisheries in California, I must ask, Will there be future generations?"
When scientists have to worry about losing their funding for telling the Truth, it is time to wake up Humanity and consider making some very serious changes to protect life in this century and beyond.""Are we to let the survival of this planet depend on the leaders of Industry that tell us there are no Earth quakes near fracking wells and that the water aquifers are not corrupted by them? We need to realize that we are running out of time. Our Grandparents left to us the wonders of our National Parks, with the love and respect of our Mother Gaia's beauty and reverence. What are we leaving for our children? Will Humanity become part of the extinction of Species? Only time will tell."
These and other topics are also discussed in Bette Anne's recent 30 minute interview with Marshall Master who has been a past contributor on CNN. During the course of the interview Bette Anne Shares her experiences and observations of life in the physical world, and our journey home which inspires her work. Weather painting in the 70s or today her mission remains the same; Painting & sharing the light!! I hope you appreciate & enjoy this emotional and inspiring video:
Last week I had the chance to sit down and talk with Linda Koonz, the features editor of The News Times, and share my journey into artistic expression. For over 48 years (photo on the left is from my old studio in Candlewood Isle) I have been exploring the link between the physical and spiritual world and that energy that connects us to each other and to God.
We spoke about my interpretation of our travel through time and space, the concept of the earth being one seed in a vast cosmic infinity & our life here on this planet as just the first step in an infinite journey home.
It was an interesting discussion spanning a few hours. We also touched on the need to care for our planet, and the need for human kind to do our part in helping to stop the decline of its health. I hope my work
inspires this in people and I'm looking forward to this Sunday's paper where this vision may reach others! The published article is below- I look forward to your comments:
Through Writing and Art: Ken and I Heal November 07 2014 2 Comments
Here you'll find reflections by Ken Fortenberry on his project:
"I created this website in memory of my father, second officer William H. Fortenberry. It is dedicated to the memory of the 44 people who perished on Romance of the Skies" – Ken H. Fortenberry
From Ken Fortenberry; "On the afternoon of November 8, 1957, Pan American Airlines Clipper “Romance of the Skies” vanished in mid-ocean, at the so-called point of no return, halfway between San Francisco and Honolulu. The pilot’s last transmission, at 5:04 pm local time, indicated that all was well onboard the giant and luxurious Boeing 377 Stratocruiser."
Here is my painting for their salvation at sea "Amazing Grace"
All the light & love to you & your loved ones. I'm hoping no other families suffer a loss like this again. "Romance of the Skies" we send prayers for peace to you all. After all these years it still hurts to think about all that loss.
We think about them often, it drives you to dig deeper, & especially today we hold our families closer.
Illumination: A Glimpse of the "The Quantum Soul" October 08 2014
In times like these art can promote an understanding of things that are larger then our selves. M.C. Escher a Dutch graphic artist said artists, "adore chaos because we love to produce order". I agree, and in the case of my most recent piece (above), both the chaos of our soul searching and the order that comes from moments of transcendence & "Illumination" can evoke a deeper understanding of the beautiful balance we have at our core.
We can all live for humanity, & work to ignite our God Spark.
My inspiration for this piece was a story I read about where some neurologists that think that the home of the soul in the human body could be in the firing of the neurons. Deepak Chopra calls this, "The Science of the Quantum Soul". This is my impression of this and our God Spark.