Art as Necessity
By Patti Jones Morgan
Betty Rhodes’ center of creativity and work, her converted garage-studio in Wimberley, will once again be a favorite venue on the Wimberley Valley Art League’s Annual Studio Tour in September. Crammed with all manner of art materials, ongoing work, an ancient but loved easel, a computer, and of course, her own paintings exhibited on the walls, the place welcomes as surely as the artist herself. She’s on record for saying she paints “happy,” and the vibrant colors of her corner of the world, the Texas hill country, effervesce through everything she does.
And that “everything” includes a growing menagerie of painted creatures such as her endearing goat series which was featured in an April 2007 Country Lifestyle magazine profile by Patti Jones Morgan. Rhodes’ work can be seen at the annual Contemporary Masters Invitational Art Show & Sale in Fredericksburg in November.
This year she was selected with eleven other artists for the first “Thunderbox Road” art project. Country folks will recognize the nickname for an outhouse and perhaps wonder how such an unexpected structure could edge its way into the art world. Nonetheless, twelve, painted, seven-foot tall replicas will become a traveling exhibit for wineries and art festivals from October 2008 through April 2009. Designed to increase arts awareness in the hill country, the project was developed by Sand Creek Post & Beam of Texas and Cedar Eaters of Texas.
Art lovers may not always know what Rhodes’ fancy will
turn to next, but anyone who sees her finished “thunderbox” during its upcoming travels will recognize rural Texas of grandpa’s time. And Rhodes’ special creative touches -- a vulture or two, and a goat with a rooster on its head right in front of the door wouldn’t really scare anyone away from the outdoor “necessity,” would they?
Rhodes is represented by Gallery on the Square in Wimberley, Fredericksburg Fine Arts Gallery, and others. For more information, please visit www.bettyrhodesfineart.com