Betty Ann Enos-Damms is a native, and a descendent of original settlers, of the region, but her life has taken her to many areas in this country and abroad. Years spent in the U.S. South, in Okinawa, and in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as protracted visits to other countries in Europe, to Hawaii, and to South Korea, have provided her with a wide range of visual experience and a global perspective, but although she has experienced the splendor of mountains worldwide, she has never lost her primary love for what she calls “our Cats, ‘Gunks, and ‘Dacks.” Regional landscapes predominate in her wideranging display of oils and watercolors, along with scenes from her travels and portraits, including one of her great-grandmother born Alida Traver, a member of the founding family of Traver Hollow, near the Shokan Reservoir.
The artist’s deep roots in the region are also reflected in her writing. In addition to creating work published in Hudson Valley Mature Life, Chronogram, and Reading Objects, issued by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, Ms. EnosDamms is the author and cover designer of Lightning Odyssey, a young-adult fantasy novel drawn from local history.
Betty Ann Enos-Damms has exhibited widely in numerous banks, libraries, and other venues in the region, and her work has been sold in many cities in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception at the Karpeles Museum on Saturday, July 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 94 Broadway, across from City Hall. The exhibit will run Thursday. July 11 – Thursday, August 29, 2013.