Horses and mountains and women with axesNew Artist in Residence installment features the works of Natalie Beittel
Jan. 19, 2012
The Lamar Soutter Library continues to feature the works of artists connected to the UMass Medical School community through its Artist in Residence Series. The latest installment features the work of Natalie Beittel, daughter of Lisa Beittel, chief of staff for Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine. The exhibit, called Horses and Mountains, includes paintings from 2004 through 2012 in watercolor, acrylic, and oil on paper, board and canvas. The central themes of Beittel’s work are horses and farms, mountains and women with axes. “I just finished my fourth season working for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s professional White Mountain Trail Crew. Life on crew is simple, but hard, living and working in the woods. The single most prized possession/tool on crew is your personal axe, and it has many uses. The women painted are strong and independent, traits much coveted on crew. The paintings with the axes and the mountains are reflective of how important my time in the Whites has been,” said the artist.
The exhibit is currently on display throughout the first floor of the Lamar Soutter Library and will continue through Thursday, Feb. 9. There will be an artist’s reception on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m.
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