Beth Courtright Detwiler
Beth Courtright Detwiler, Contemporary Visionary Artist features original "Masking Tape" Art Installations, Oil Paintings, Drawings and Ceramic Sculpture at Word is Art –a Fine Art Studio Gallery located at Old Jerome High School in historic Jerome Arizona.
Ms. Courtright Detwiler is a prolific and highly intuitive visual artist who works in a variety of mediums including: drawing & painting; ceramic sculpture; pen & ink, stained glass and more. In recent years, her focus has been developing iconic images, murals and landscapes in the emerging artform of "masking tape" art.
A visit to her studio on the top floor of Building A at Old Jerome High School offers up images of large scale abstract trees, corn fields, floral still life installations which are depicted through immense line drawings and mosaics. All are comprised of hand-painted tape, applied to concrete walls indicative of contemporary "hieroglyphs" lining the open corridors of 1920's architecture in the old school.
Ms Courtright Detwiler has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Ohio State University and finds her influences in: symbolism and abstract art of the early 20th century, Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Art, and Altarpiece Paintings of Medieval Europe.
During the early years of her career,1990 to 1998, prior to relocating to Arizona. she has held positions as featured cartoonist and illustrator, gallery artist, and arts educator in east coast cities of Baltimore MD, Washington D.C. and Columbus Ohio.
She and her family came to the Verde Valley in 1998, where she has been a resident of Cottonwood for over 16+ years. She acquired studio space in at the Old Jerome High School in summer of 2009. Approximately 20+ artists are working in a variety of styles and medium in this unique "artists enclave" community.
In addition to creating her own artwork, Ms. Courtright Detwiler also teaches Art Workshops and Wine Partys for the Verde Valley Wine Trail, and Masking Tape Art Classes also to adults and children in the Verde Valley, Sedona and Phoenix markets.