Word is Art - features original works created by
Visual Artist Beth Courtright Detwiler...
This unique Art Space features original masking tape art murals & installations, oil paintings, ceramic sculpture and a variety of other visionary works created by the artist. It is located at the Old Jerome High School, in the historic mining "ghost town" of Jerome Arizona.
"Art is my charter...on the way to knowing and being known!"
"Visualization is my voice of choice, as it were, and I find that capturing the imagination - in solid foundations of shape, texture and color - is like going out into the fields of one's mind...with open hands and heart...in an attempt to discover, glean, and refine one's own personal truth in tactile space/time reality."
"My story is this… I was born in the dead of winter and raised in the snow drifts and cornfields of mid-western youth.
I have walked the halls of higher education and lived a pace of thrill in big city life on the dirty streets of an east coast harbor town.
And now, in most recent years, I have been emptied out for a much higher calling – to search the rugged mountain vistas and high desert mesas of an amazing green valley...holed up in this coppery ghost town ...scouting for apparitions of sincerity, hope and beauty. Each day watchful, and waiting...to know the truthful tale of where I might lay it all down...to find my joyful peace.
My master's piece."
Beth Courtright Detwiler 2015
Beth Courtright Detwiler was born in Omaha, Nebraska and spent her childhood moving about the Midwestern region of the U.S.A.
She attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. Her degree emphasis was General Fine Arts, with focus areas being: ceramics, life drawing, painting and metal-smithing.
After college years in Ohio, Ms. Courtright Detwiler relocated to the East Coast city of Baltimore, Maryland in 1990. She found the rich culture of the inner harbor community to be inspirational and began a professional art career as an oil painter, illustrator and cartoonist. Her paintings, "symbolist" and "abstract-figurative" in style, have been exhibited and collected heavily along the east coast corridor, from New York to Atlanta. And her published cartoon, entitled "The Word is..." was a regular feature in the Washington D.C Arts periodical- Art in Progress.
In 1998, the Artist relocated to the beautiful Verde Valley of Northern Arizona. She and her two children make there home in the foothills of the Mingus Mountain Range, a region that is now being branded as the Wine Center of the Southwest. She occupies a sunny classroom as art studio and gallery, on the top floor of Building A, in the Old Jerome High School - an established artist enclave in the historic copper mining "ghost town" of Jerome, Arizona. Working in this 1920's era schoolhouse has allowed the artist to experiment with alternative mediums and processes leading to the development of her contemporary and visionary "masking tape art" works and large scale installations.