Worlds Motherway, a new book for 2019

October 28th, 2019

I have just completed both versions of my latest project, a poetry book called Worlds Motherway. During my travels to cemeteries, I have photographed thousands of last names on gravestones that are parts of speech. With these words I have created books that investigate language, history, and some of life’s events. Gathering these names it became apparent how difficult it would be to tell women’s stories, as most of the occupations and many of the physical characteristics that feature as surnames reflect our patriarchal method of naming. In the English language, names with the suffix son or man abound. I have selected three surnames that are traditionally women’s first names: Eve, Judy, and Hester. Motherhood was the common link I found in each story plus a degree of guilt, blame or shame, which I have tried to address in this interpretation. Worlds Motherway came from Adam’s naming of Eve as the “mother of all the living.”

There are two versions of the book. The first is an open edition version with three double sided accordions that are 4.75” x 11” opening to 17.” Order from the webstore here: http://www.beanettles.com/store/?page_id=348.

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Just finished is the limited edition of 10 clothbound copies encased in a slipcase. This features the same text in a 16 section single sided accordion printed on Tyvek. The book extends to over eight feet long.
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Harvest of Memory opens in St Louis at the Sheldon Gallery

October 10th, 2019

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My retrospective exhibition Harvest of Memory has now officially begun its travels. It opened on October 4th with a lecture and gallery walkthrough on the 5th. The show will come down by December 30th.

Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory book is now available online.

September 29th, 2019

Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory book is now shipping from the University of Texas Press website. https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/allen-lahs-gonzales-bea-nettles It is also available from Amazon.

The exhibit opens this coming Friday October 4 from 5-7 at the Sheldon Art Gallery in St Louis. https://www.thesheldon.org/current-exhibits.php
I will also be giving a powerpoint, gallery walk-through and book-signing on Saturday October 5 from 10:30-12.

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Art Since 1948 installation at the Krannert Museum, UIUC

September 2nd, 2019

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Star…my van, a collage made while I was a graduate student at the University of Illinois, has made its way back to the Krannert Museum in the town where the van used to park on Church Street. It is part of a rotating exhibition from the permanent collection called Art since 1948.

The Scars that Bind

August 30th, 2019

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The Scars that Bind, an art exhibition organized by Deb Bolgla is currently on view on the campus YMCA. https://universityymca.org/art/
My image Hole from Return Trips is in the show. There will be a reception on September 12 at 5PM.

Upcoming opening and lecture at Sheldon Art Gallery, St Louis. October 5 and 6th.

August 28th, 2019

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The website describing the opening on October 5th of my retrospective Harvest of Memory is now live at the Sheldon site. I will deliver a powerpoint and a gallery walk through the following morning. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Details can be found here: https://www.thesheldon.org/current-exhibits.php

Return to Horner Hall

August 22nd, 2019

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During my recent visit to Penland I had a photo taken on the front steps of Horner Hall. It was here that my Mountain Dream Tarot deck began in July 1970, so this photo marks the 49th year since that all began.

Eastman Museum web site goes live

August 18th, 2019

The website that describes my January retrospective at the Eastman Museum has gone live. Here is the link.

https://www.eastman.org/bea-nettles-harvest-memory
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Photography and Memory at Philadelphia Museum of Art

August 12th, 2019

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One of my unique prints from Flamingo in the Dark will be in this show in Philadelphia this fall. Martinique is part of their permanent collection.

Reading at City Lights in Sylva, NC

August 5th, 2019

https://www.citylightsnc.com/event/bea-nettles-book-signing-and-presentation
If you live in the Asheville area, I will be reading from my latest work and bringing along some of my artists books to sign. This will be at 3PM at City Lights in the town of Sylva…a great day trip!
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