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ALUMNA BETSY HARTING RETURNS TO CEDAR CREST COLLEGE AS ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Allentown, PA (December 18, 2008)—The Cedar Crest College Art Department established an artist-in-residence program in 2007 and for the first time this fall, the position was filled by one of the college’s own. Betsy J. Harting, of Whitehall, a 1978 dual-major graduate in related arts/elementary education, was thankful for the opportunity to return to her alma mater and help art students realize their potential.
“It was both very rewarding and inspiring to return to CCC—the campus I loved 30 years ago—and teach the young students who are there now,” said Harting, who helped the students create individual altered board books, and demonstrated art journaling techniques. “I love to teach and inspire others and I not only got to do that, but also found it most rewarding to see the students sharing their ideas and inspiring me. It is very rewarding to help inspire these young artists’ lives!”
Harting said her experience as a student at Cedar Crest laid the foundation for her career, which has included, among other things, dancing in Coppelia and The Nutracker with the New Orleans Ballet early in her career, and a turn designing craft kits for Big Yellow Box by Crayola, an in-home party division. Her work has appeared in Somerset Studio, Inspirations, Legacy, Stampers’ Sampler, HandCrafted, and Rubber Stamper magazines.
“My greatest lessons came from Bill Clark in ceramics class, where he taught me the process of creating was more important than the result. I teach that now in my classes–to literally create without the inner critic stopping you from moving forward,” she said. “It’s not about a beautiful piece, but what you learn as you create it. And when you free yourself to that idea, you do create some great stuff.”
Harting has returned to campus several times over the years to participate in alumnae art shows. She currently works as marketing and communications specialist for Olympus America, and teaches classes art journaling classes at Blick Art Materials at South Mall in Allentown.