After graduating with a BFA from Bradley University, a series of jobs led Bethany to a career within the interior design industry. While painting privately in her home, she held a long-term position at Gary Lee Partners, a Chicago based architecture + design firm. After working as their Furniture Procurement Director and overseeing installations for some of Chicago’s premier residences, she saw firsthand how artwork can transform a space. This experience furthered her enthusiasm for art and interiors, becoming a stepping stone in her development as a fine artist and textile designer.
Bethany still sees the necessary marriage between art and a living space however her focus has evolved towards an emphasis in process.
ARTIST PROCESS + STATEMENT
When painting, I feel guided by improvisation. What usually starts as something nonrepresentational becomes a study of observation and inner exploration.
My inspiration comes mostly from the human experience…..its layers, contrasts and cycles. I find great interest in our emotional, mental and physical layers and how each evolves from the other to form our experiences. I’m interested by what layers we choose to reveal or conceal, by our responses to contrast and by our cyclical perceptions of the world around us.
My titles hint towards my own personal meaning or experience in the piece and it is my hope that each work will spark a personal feeling or experience in the viewer.
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Julia Buckingham, Interiors Showroom, Chicago, IL
"Layered", Group Show, Studios on Sheridan, Peoria, IL
"CIAO Group Exhibit", Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
"In Good Company", Group Show, Peoria, IL
"Amsterdam International Art Fair", Digital Presence, Group Show
"The Influence of Color", Group Show, New York, NY
"Cotton:Mabee", Group Show, Peoria Public Library, Peoria, IL
"Group Exhibit", Houska Gallery, St Louis, MO
"Bethany Mabee", Solo Show, Jefferson Street Gallery, Morton, IL
"Women in Art", Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria, IL
"Bethany Mabee", Solo Show, Mashallah Inc., Chicago, IL
"A Layered View", Solo Show, Art + Light, Greenville, SC
Aesthetica Magazine, Artist Directory
ArtisSpectrum Magazine, Vol. 33, Feature Artist
Design on a Dime NY, Gallery Wall Feature
Saatchi Art, Curated Collection Participant
Art Platform, NY, Feature Artist
Renegade Craft Pop Up Market, Hide Out, Chicago, IL, June 2016
Renegade Craft Fair, Wicker Park, Chicago, IL, September 2016 + September 2017
Renegade Craft Holiday Market, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL, December 2016
Renegade Craft Pop Up Market, Pilsen, Chicago, IL June 2017
Zion Makers Market, Peoria, IL July 2017