Fluid & Fixed - A new body of work from Bethany Mabee

Bethany in her studio.

Bethany in her studio.

It has been three years since Bethany Mabee did her first pop up with us and we have been excited to bring her back ever since. Her intuitive abstract paintings come to life through layer, color choice and a few happy accidents. Having spent years in the interior design industry, Bethany saw first hand how art really can help transform a space and it encouraged her to focus on her painting which gained her gallery representation and articles in multiple publications.

Read below to learn a bit more about Bethany and her latest collection made especially for Art & Light Gallery, Fluid & Fixed.

“In-Progress” shot of Mabee’s studio in Illinois.

“In-Progress” shot of Mabee’s studio in Illinois.

“I am fascinated by people's perspectives and how they dictate direction. Which perspectives are predetermined and fixed and which ones are moldable and ever changing?  think this fascination comes from being adopted and always welcoming the nature vs nurture conversation. It seems that we are all layers of history, experience, encounters, relationships, victories, failures....the list goes on. I'm interested in what each layer in time reveals to us and how it dictates our perspectives, choices and directions. My painting process is not very different. My paintings reveal themselves layer by layer. There are so many opportunities for surprise with each layer of paint that I apply. Regardless of what plans I put in place before I begin, there are always happy mistakes, surprise reactions with the materials, or in some cases, devastating wrong turns that I have to recover from. I enjoy the emotional roller coaster that can come with the process of abstract painting.  It has strengthened my ability in and out of the studio to make choices that are guided by my intuition rather than outside influences. I'm so grateful to be able to create from a place of my own. I love that abstract work offers the viewer a similar experience of reacting from a place of their own and adding elements of those reflections in their home through a piece that they connect with” - Bethany Mabee

Please join us this Friday , March 8th and Saturday, March 9th for a special pop up event featuring the latest collection from Bethany Mabee.

Works are currently available for pre-sale here and will available in the gallery during the two-day pop up event!

If you are interested in meeting Bethany, stop by the gallery on Saturday from 10am - 4pm for an artist meet and greet.