“Along the Trail” is an abstract sculpture of a white Bison hand-carved from a block of plaster. The concept was inspired by herds of bison I saw during family trips to South Dakota. My dad grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee. My grandfather ran the trading post which also served as the Post Office, butcher shop, gas station and gathering place for the Lakota people. Every Thanksgiving my family would travel from Denver back to the homestead in Porcupine, SD. As I worked on the sculpture, I thought about the millions of bison that once freely roamed the plains now fenced in with barbed wire and dotted with farm equipment left rusting in the dry gullies. With this project,
I have chosen smooth, rounded forms to convey an idea of fruitfulness, harmony and maturity. Keeping the sculpture white was important as I wanted it to represent a white bison, held sacred by the Lakota as the symbol of abundance and hope for good times to come. I added texture to recreate tall grass waving in the breeze and the deep gullies carved by the wind and rain..
"CONSTRUCTED VISIONS IV" was held July 1 - August 6, 2022, at the Saint Louis Artists' Guild, 12 N. Jackson Ave, Clayton, MO 63105.
The interlocking forms of my "Spacial Moment" sculpture were hand-carved from a block of molding plaster to create a spatial relationship like the arms of a parent lovingly wrapped around a child. The tender moment is captured with each turn of the sculpture. From one angle, the child is playfully pulling away from the hug. Another angle suggests a tug of wills with the child testing the parent. The polished white surface of the sculpture symbolizes the pureness of a parent's love through the challenges in raising the child.Artist note: I used stone carving tools, lots of very fine sand paper, several coats of white wax and a few hours of hand buffing to achieve that smooth finish and soft glow. It looks even better in person. The "Parenthood" Exhibition ran through May 19, 2002 at Art Saint Louis, located at 1223 Pine St, St. Louis, MO 63103.
"Running Free" was part of the "Creatures II" exhibition at Art Saint Louis, September 26 - October 22, 2020,
My journey with this painting began early last November (2019) quite by accident. I was prepping a very large canvas, 3 feet by 4 feet with bright magenta and orange and listening to Mozart. Without realizing it, I had pressed my hand on the canvas and left a white print. Hmmm, that looks interesting. So I playfully put several hand prints on the canvas and called it a day. A couple of weeks went by while I pondered what to paint. The size seemed perfect for a landscape, but I felt it needed something more interesting. So, I began sketching a herd of horses "Running Free" through a meadow. Once more, I set the canvas aside in the studio to work on a couple of commissions. Over the months, the white horse would catch my eye every now and then. Sadly, I had lost interest and the world was being turned upside down with the pandemic. Finally, at the end of May, I placed the canvas back on the easel and began working in earnest to bring these beautiful creatures to life. As the pandemic continued and the "Black Lives Matter" movement was reborn, I took solace in painting an inspiring sunrise breaking through the early morning mist in the Colorado mountains. Stroke by stroke, I added a grove of cheerful aspens waving in the strong breeze as a storm approaches. In the distance, a dirt road beckons to be explored as it winds around the bend. For two weeks, I worked late into the night as fireworks in the neighborhood made it nearly impossible to sleep. My brush strokes in the shadows of the running horses were energized with the unexpected bursts. I'm so excited that it turned out better than I could have dreamed. I hope this painting of the horses will bring you a moment of peace and hope knowing that nature can overcome chaos.
In 2018, the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) hosted two solo exhibits by Elizabeth (Betty) Moore. The exhibits with the theme, "St. Louis Park", featured 14 original oil paintings in the Preservation Gallery at the downtown location and 14 photos on stretched wrapped canvas at the club's location in Des Peres.
"What's Your GPS" In 2017, Elizabeth's large impressionistic paintings were juried into this exhibit at the Saint Louis Artists' Guild.
The 36" x 36" oil paintings on gallery wrapped canvas featured an egret patiently waiting to catch fish and the waterlilies at the Deer Lake Riffles in Forest Park.
Her custom statement clutch has the waterlilies from the painting. The purse is part of the Elizabeth Moore Collection on VIDA featuring her original art and photography on scarves, tops and other accessories
MOVE! In 2015, Elizabeth (Betty) Moore was juried into the first exhibit at Saint Louis Artists' Guild's new location in Clayton.
The Move exhibit featured a photo with one of Dale Chihully's Walla Walla Onions, taken at the Denver Botanical Garden.
The oil painting features a sunset over Sherwood Lake near St. Charles, MO, in the heart of Missouri's Wine Country.
Both she and her husband, Bob Moore (at left), have donated photography and original art over the years for the Collector's Choice, an annual auction which benefits the Guild
"Portrait of St. Louis Parks" In 2o14, fine artist/photographer Elizabeth (Betty) Moore was featured in a solo exhibit in the Ridgeway Visiter Center at Missouri Botanical Garden, as part of the stl250 celebration of St. Louis, founded in 1764.
This exhibit focused on St. Louis with 20 images stretched on canvas with showcasing the City's beautiful parks, including Tower Grove Park, Forest Park and Citygarden.
Elizabeth (Betty) Moore's B/W photo, "Sledding on Art Hill", was one of 100 photos selected for the book "The City at 250 - a Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs", published by The Sheldon Art Galleries in 2014. The photo was also part of the 2014 exhibit with the same name at in the Gallery of Photography at The Sheldon Art Galleries in Grand Center.
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