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Bette Klegon Halby

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Lives in
New York City & Cornwall , CT

Works in
NY,NY & Cornwall, CT


University of Michigan / Ann Arbor, Michigan, BS School of Architecture and Design
CCA (California College of the Arts)
Wayne State University, MFA Art

Representing galleries

photography, modern, mixed-media, sculpture, abstract


     My new work is somewhat of a metaphoric translation of the lyrical 

qualities found in  music.  Lyrical aspects of my work are akin to that of riffs in 

jazz or the solemnity of a fugue. Impulses of the Baroque 

occur and reoccur in the mark making and saturated 

palette of the  most recent “Night Shift” series.


Within this context I enjoy extending the boundaries of two dimensional space,

inferring a promise of movement.  Always  the work is concerned about

spatial relationships-- shapes that shape

the way we move and mold the way we see. Of particular concern 

are the interstices, the spaces and places that stand  between. 


The work is concerned with  the sensuality of forming and 

transforming within the magic of materials and the alchemy

of color. I begin by painting on raw canvas within a narrow 

range of a specific color. Color selection is always a matter 

of decision. “Color”, as the late Helen Frankenthaler said, 

“ like choosing a word in a poem”.  It must 

resonate within me and evoke emotion.



     There are all kinds of associations within the “Night Shift”

series:  memories of my father,  ancient chants in a language

unknown, timeless repetitions of remembrances -- honoring

those who have come and those who have gone... 

honoring beings -- striking a chord.


     I have a strong connection with the rhythms of the sea. Drawn to its 

vastness and substantive  abundance, it is for me symbolic 

of the open ended momentum of life.  I too,

*“ ...believe in the green light,

the orgiastic future that 

year by year recedes before us...” 



*F.Scott Fitzgerald

Recent Exhibits

Bette Klegon Halby participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2013 The Hullaballoo Collective at Fountain Art Fair
111 Front Street Pop Up
Aug, 2012 Hullaballoo Collective: Joie de Vivre
PS Project Space
Aug, 2012 Joie De Vivre: The Hullaballoo Collective
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