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Greta Bell

I was lucky to be born to a family who loved and valued art and artists. My parents would bring their children on adventures to visit artists in their studios, author readings and musical events.  We grew up living with and loving art created by craftspeople, folk artists and fine artists of every genre. I played the violin horribly, wrote stories with no direction or conclusions, danced myself into a corner and stayed far away from any visual art after witnessing my elementary art teacher smack a student across the face.

I started painting after many decades of living, when visiting my friends grandmother. She gave me a brush, paint and a door(!) to paint on.  Many paintings proceeded, though no formal classes were taken, reading about techniques and materials, plus conversations with working artists set me on my way. 

 

To be creative, authentic, and passionate  was admired and fostered in my childhood home and propels me to this day. 

Currently I am working with marionettes, mask making, oil painting and stop motion films. 

I  live in the Fox Valley of Northern Illinois and travel to see my wonderful friends and family.

 

Please send me a message through facebook  or Instagram if you wish to contact me.

 

Awards and accomplishments:

    

Commissioned works to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

 

Peoples Choice and Curators Choice “Onsombel”  at Water Street Studios Batavia, Il 2013

 

 

Solo Show at Institute of Art Schaumburg, IL 2011

 

 

“Potential Energy” Group show at Fermi Lab 2012

 

 

Chicago - Merchandise Mart 2011 Annual Conference of The Society for Humanistic Psychology: In The World…On The Edge

 

 

Aurora, IL 

 

Interview with Kane County Chronicle

 

 

Featured Poster Artist for the “Art in Your Eye” 2010 Festival Batavia

 

 

Solo show Holmstad, Batavia, Il 2014

 

 

Next Gallery - St. Charles, IL

 

 

“Art Around the Corner ” featuring 12 works at the Blue Goose 2014

 

     

Batavia Enterprise 50 year Anniversary Paintings

South Haven, Michigan  Cottage Walk 2012 -10 paintings

 

Walkover Gallery Bristol VT

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