Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Betsy Pearson to exhibit at Green Antelope

Paintings show off valley and travels abroad

Express Staff Writer

“Golden Days” by Betsy Pearson. Acrylic on canvas at the Green Antelope Gallery.

The Green Antelope Gallery in Bellevue will feature Wood River Valley and European landscape paintings by longtime valley resident Betsy Pearson. At 89, Pearson is a prolific painter who has kept journals from her many trips abroad. Her exhibition will feature valley and area landscapes in acrylic on canvas. In addition, the show will include special pastel works from her travels in Europe, highlighting France.

Pearson's opening at the Green Gallery will take place on Friday, April 29, from 5-9 p.m.

"For this show, the Green Antelope chose a selection of pieces that span her years of work in a range of locations," said Green Antelope owner Brooke Bonner. "However, there is a deep sense of connection with the landscape in all of her pieces that we believe locals will really identify with."

Pearson works in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastels. A syndicated columnist for the New York Herald Tribune for 17 years, she has published four books.

Pearson was born in Salina, Kan. She spent 50 years in Greenwich, Conn., before moving to the Wood River Valley in the late 1970s. Pearson has three grown children, Ridley, Wendy and Brad. She was married to her husband, Bob, for 63 years until his passing in 2008. Ridley Pearson is a celebrated author known for his "Killer" crime series novels set in Sun Valley.

The exhibition will be part of a Bellevue night out to include festivities and open houses at Bella Cosa Studio and Oak Street Foods. Bella Cosa Studio will feature painted pottery and Oak Street Foods will celebrate its seventh year in business with champagne and treats.

Above the Brickhouse, Kirsten Shultz Photography, Butterfly Design Studio and Honey Paper, and The Sweet Crumb will have open houses from 5-9 p.m. for a Pop Into Spring celebration.

The Green Antelope is at 116 S. Second St. in Bellevue. For details, call 788-2353 or visit

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