Beth Lea Clardy
August 8 - 29, 2014
Beth Lea Clardy was a seeker of knowledge and of beauty. She enjoyed a 70 year career in the arts in Fort Worth as a painter and printmaker, an arts educator and an organizer of arts organizations and exhibitions. Her work reflected her interests and her life experiences from travel, literature, political subjects, popular culture, family and friends, and local landscape.
She discovered the monoprint process in the classroom of the old Modern, in a workshop taught every summer by the wonderful Fort Worth artist, Linda Blackburn, who led many local artists to the magical process of painterly printmaking. In the last 15 years of Beth’s life, she produced a large body of monoprints in both painterly and realist styles as well as the abstract plant themed monotypes shown here. The plant materials used were from her home garden and from the garden next to her studio. This body of work, in large part, was chosen by Judy Deaton of the Grace Museum in Abilene, TX for the “Full Bloom” exhibition in 2010.