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Green Iris
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Bette Laughy

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 Bette considers visual art to be her third language, having begun with classical singing as a child, then moving on to professional writing as an adult. At the age of 30, she began studying and working in graphic design and illustration. With a Master's degree in Publishing and a Diploma in Graphic Design, Bette has spent over 25 years teaching and working in the publishing field. She developed two-year programs in Publishing and Public Relations, the first of their kind in Canada, and later a Learning Development Centre for a college, comprising curriculum development and publishing, customized training, and faculty development. She began painting full time in early 2003, and has enjoyed taking courses and working with major local artists and art groups. Her paintings have been shown in galleries and public exhibits.
 Federation of Canadian Artists; Group from Bernie's Barn; former director Arts Council of Surrey.
 Upcoming: Iris, May 29 to June 16, 2013 Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Road, Fort Langley, BC, 604-888-7411,; Reflections, Oct. 17 to 31, 2012 Fort Gallery; Antiquity Reconstructed, Apr. 1 to 17, 2011 Fort Gallery; Sacred Spaces, solo show, Nov. 23 to Dec. 12, 2010, The Fort Gallery; Artists of Bernie's Barn, Nov. 6 & 7, Semiahmoo House, White Rock, 604-839-2916; Monuments & Markers, The Fort Gallery; Artists of Bernie's Barn Summer Show, Vancouver, BC; Natural Expressions, solo show, April 2010, The Fort Gallery; Small Wonders, Dec. 2009, group show, The Fort Gallery; Hardware Show, group show, March, 2009,The Fort Gallery,9048 Glover Road, Fort Langley; 604-888-7411,;;Small Wonders, group show, The Fort Gallery, December, 2008; Unraveling the Katsura, solo show, The Fort Gallery, April 23 to May 11, 2008; New Beginnings, group show, The Fort Gallery, Jan. 30 - Feb. 17, 2008; Group from Bernie's Barn, group show, November, 2008, Firehall Centre for the Arts, Delta; Experimental & Mixed Media Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Feb. 26 - March 9, 2008; Surrey Art Gallery, June - August, 2007; Federation of Canadian Artists: Works on Paper Show, March, 2007 Federation of Canadian Artists: Human Figure Show, February, 2007 Delta Firehall Centre for the Arts: G10 Show, November, 2006 Cloverdale Blueberry Festival Art Walk (Jurist), August, 2006; Delta Firehall Centre for the Arts: Group from Bernie's Barn, June, 2006; Federation of Canadian Artists: Canvas Unbound Show, April, 2006; Ethical Addictions: Solo show, April 1 - 30, 2006; Federation of Canadian Artists: Hyper-Real Show, March, 2006; Arts Council of Surrey: Surrey Chamber of Commerce, solo show, March, 2006 Federation of Canadian Artists: Spontaneity Show, February, 2006; Federation of Canadian Artists: Student Show, January 2006; Arts Council of Surrey, December 1 to 31, 2005; Artists at Work, Surrey Library, September 2005; Plein Air Painting, Surrey Library, August 2005; The Group from Bernie's Barn, Delta Firehall Centre for the Arts, July 2005; One-month Solo Shows at four locations in Surrey, Surrey Arts Council, February to May 2005; Student Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, January 2005; Small, Smaller, Smallest, Federation of Canadian Artists, December 2004; People and Places: G10 Group Show, Delta Firehall Centre for the Arts, November 2004; Painting on the Edge, Federation of Canadian Artists, September 2003;
 Art Avenue Magazine: 2007: Vol 7, No 3, May/June; 2006: Vol 6, No 5, September/October; Vol 6 No 4, July/August; 2003: Vol 3, No 5, September/October
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Artist's Statement:
 Each painting is an adventure in both technique, and the exploration of the self. I work in acrylic, watercolour, and oils. The subject speaks to me and dictates the medium. I have used a computer since before desktop publishing, and it is another tool with which to create contemporary works. Water is a common theme, for I have an affinity for coastal edges, working on the river, and living and playing on the lakes and oceans. I enjoy working with people, animals and urban landscapes from Europe and North America. Although the elements differ greatly, I have found that design principles apply both throughout the arts, and throughout society. I explored this theme in various cultures in my work toward my Master's degree, and continue it now through my painting.
 The Fort Gallery Fort Langley, BC 604-888-7411 The Alley Gallery & Studio Vancouver, BC 604-505-7302 Langley Arts Council Gallery, 20550 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC 604-534-0781

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