Meet the artist: Betty Canick

Another artist who is featured in Beacon Gallery’s current show, “Synaesthesia: Abstract Art & Creative Writing” is Betty Canick. Originally having been trained as a painter at the Rhode Island School of Design, Canick’s vocational trajectory changed paths. Canick went on to pursue a degree in psychoanalytic training, and then became a clinician.

Like many artists, Canick returned to her true love, and in 2005, she embraced her career in the visual arts. She admits that her work as an artist has a lot in common with her work in psychology. She believes that “a disciplined intuition and openness to surprise are essential to both [fields].”

Betty Canick, The Corner

Canick’s pieces featured in Beacon Gallery’s current show are abstract works. In each of these pieces, Canick experiments with a wide range of media. To make these works, Canick is “drawn to the ephemeral” and likes “to create order out of chaos.” Her works are all unique, incorporating a variety of layers, textures, and colors. In each of her pieces, Canick aims to capture movement, gesture, and moments in transition.


Her unique incorporation of media in each of her pieces, like old sheet music for a flutist in “A Thousand Worlds,” for example, surely have potential to evoke many feelings- perhaps bringing the viewer back to his elementary music class. Her pieces are great conversation starters, and also serve as great subjects for creative writers to explore their written response, as they have done in the current show.

Betty Canick, A Thousand Worlds

Betty Canick has been featured in Concord Art Center’s juried Roddy shows in 2014, 2016, and 2017, and received an Honorable Mention award in 2017.

Come see Betty Canick’s wonderfully complex abstract pieces at Beacon Gallery. “Synaesthesia: Abstract Art & Creative Writing” will run through July 29th. We hope to see you there!


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