Betty Alder Nathan (1926-2014) - Mixed Media

Roots Up Gallery is delighted to share many works never seen before by Savannah artist, Betty Alder Nathan, during a special exhibition March 1-3, 2018. During Betty’s life she produced hundreds of works incorporating her drawings, paintings and thousands of pieces consisting of figurines, costume jewelry, toys, mirror bits, and found objects. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, March 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Betty Nathan became a part of the Savannah art scene during the 1980’s and ‘90s. She took a few painting classes, but she would never adhere to the directions of the instructor, instead opting to follow her inner voice creating her own style. As fate would have it, 19 years ago Betty Nathan had a show at Off The Wall Gallery with Gail Levites in the space that is currently James Hogan, the same building that is now home to Roots Up Gallery

“Process was a large part of her work.  Obsessive compulsive like most outsider artists,” says her son Harris Nathan.  “Recurring themes were things that she was conscious of, drew upon, and then vented and expressed through her art.”

Inspired by Marc Chagall and Matisse, Nathan would often create watercolors and paintings. She would then add these works to the bounty of beads, jewelry and more that she collected creating her unique artwork.  Starting with one item that inspired her, building upon that item, then working it together like a puzzle. 

“Some of her works really make me smile and laugh,” says Roots Up Gallery Curator Russell Kueker. “You can tell in some of them that there was an inner monologue going on that helped inspire and drive the works.”  Across the hundreds of pieces in the collection, guests will see themes of angels, family, animals, religious iconography, and more.

Upon her passing in 2014, several pieces were sold during her estate sale. Later Harris Nathan had a Retrospective exhibition held at the City of Savannah Cultural Arts Gallery in January 2015. He is now sharing the rest of his collection through Roots Up Gallery where we will feature close to 200 works by Betty Nathan. “As many as our walls can hold,” says Leslie Lovell, gallery owner. 

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