Artist Betsy (Elizabeth) Krebs received her formal education in Art from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY where she received an M.S. in Art Education and minored in painting.
As with many artists, however, long before the diploma — art was always a part of Betsy’s life.
Her work has been featured in many solo exhibitions, most notably the Hyde Collection as a regional artist and as part of the “Putt Modernism” show, an interactive miniature golf exhibition that traveled around the country. She has been painting and showing in group exhibitions throughout the North Country as well as nationally and internationally. Betsy first started in Albany soloing at venues like the Albany Boys Academy in Albany, NY; the College of Saint Rose (master show) in Albany, NY; the Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam College, Potsdam, the Valley Artisans Gallery in Cambridge, NY, with an exhibition about Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein in German occupied France as seen through Alice”s recipe; the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga, NY, One solo show and two in small group exhibitions; SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury, NY, permanent collection; and of course in the solo and juried exhibitions at the Lake Placid Arts Center The Open Space Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY.And Albany Center Gallery, with various juried international acceptance and awards.
Her main focus relates to food. Recipes become the catalyst for her creations. Many of these images breath a sense of humor, in to the woven fiber of the fabric of cultural, historical and a slight anthropological twist, creating the story behind the pieces, hence the coined label “Recipe Stories” unravels. She has been doing these since the 1990’s, showing at the Hyde Museum, the Cambridge Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, and SUNY Adirondack to name a few.
Betsy was asked to add two paintings for inclusion in the new addition of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s publication of Paul Jamieson’s “The Adirondack Reader”, a compilation of written and visual representations of the evidence of man in the Adirondacks. This was done to honor Mr. Jamieson’s 100th birthday by including new art and color images. The text and images range chronologically from the earliest habitation to present. Grant writing is something that she has done to connect to the region, again using food as a catalyst for expression, she designed an exhibition that dealt with the Adirondacks and its
original founding visitors. Interactive in nature and with humor, the exhibition was educational and good for the soul. The second grant received through the Warren County decentralization regrant program is directly related to the school house that she owns. Its vast collection of information, including recipes that were compiled to sell to help the local needy, made it a perfect project to educated and promote the area.