At every bead show, there is a group of tables that are constantly mobbed. Those tables belong to Kathy Getty. On November 21, Kathy will enlighten our membership with how she arrived at where she is now…. An artist on many fronts and a total success in multiple fields.
My name is Kathy Getty and I’m an artist. My journey in life has been discovering what kind of artist I am. The last seventeen years I have been making jewelry and selling beads. I began my love affair with African beads and ended up working with stone beads, crystals and pearls. My pieces are often asymmetrical and always about color, texture and form – the elemental earth we can touch and wear. I am bringing color copies of every piece I have created down through the years — there will be a different collection placed on each chair so you can see my pathroad to creativity while I walk you through my life as an artist.
The deYoung Museum was my first time inside a display and collection of art. I was seventeen years old and a freshman in college. I grew up in the country. Through out much of my childhood I walked for hours through uncultivated fields, dreaming of weaving grasses into shelters and hoping for escape.
I did not meet artists or have any knowledge or experience of art. I have history in lithography and am also a painter. I made very large abstract paintings of geometric shapes glowing with intense color. I have exhibited my abstract art in United States, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Japan and experienced artists’ residencies in Holland, Belgium and Norway.
Starting backwards to get to beads… it went beyond hope. I made it. I am a rock.